Sociology of Love and Its Dark Side

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociology of Love and Its Dark Side

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module examines the different aspects of relationships: love, mate selection and dating, non-marital lifestyles, marriage, reproduction and forms of parenting. A key component of the course is the influence of changing work patterns and, changing sexual values and behaviour on increasing diversity in family forms. The objectives of this module are to: 1. Introduce students to the sociological perspective as it applies to the understanding of relationships and familial phenomena. 2. Present various sociological theories regarding love, sexual relationships, marriage and family systems. 3. Familiarise students with the results of empirical research of social scientists who study partnership formation and family behaviour.

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