Schedule of Topics and Readings

 Topics & Readings:

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"Buss" refers to the Buss book. Other authors' name(s) and year refer to articles or chapters available on-line.
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Day

Topic

Readings

Assignments Due

Week 1

M: 9/1

No class; Labor Day

W: 9/3

Course Introduction

Berscheid (1999)

Week 2

M: 9/8

Relationship Science

Berscheid & Peplau (1983)
Finkel & Eastwick (2008)

W: 9/10

Perspectives on Attraction

Pennebaker et al. (1979)
Wegner et al. (1994)
Jones et al. (2004)

Week 3

M: 9/15
W: 9/17

Evolutionary Perspectives

Buss (2003) Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 (you’ll read Chapters 4 and 7 later, although you’re free to look at them now)

De Backer (2007)
Khallad (2005)

Week 4

M: 9/22
W: 9/24

Attachment Theory

Hazan & Shaver (1987)
Collins & Allard (2001)
Impett et al. (2008)
Locke (2008)

Week 5

M: 9/29
W: 10/1

Interdependence Theory

Rusbult (1980)
Rusbult et al. (1994)
Bui et al. (1996)
Branje et al. (2007)

Week 6

M: 10/6

Self-Expansion

Aron & Aron (1997)
Aron et al. (2000)
Aron et al. (2006)

W: 10/8

Cognition in Relationships

Lenton (2005)
Etcheverry & Le (2005)

Week 7

  Fall Break    

 

Week 8

M: 10/20

Relationships in Context

Lohmann et al. (2003)
Morse & Neuberg (2004)
Strachman & Schimel (2006)

W: 10/22

Relationship Support & Capitalization

Gable et al. (2006)
Bolger et al. (2000)

Week 9

M: 10/27
W: 10/29

Social Networks

Milardo & Allan (1997)
Milardo et al. (1983)

Read 2 of these 3:

Agnew et al. (2001)
Etcheverry & Agnew (2004)
Green et al. (2008)

Theory Paper due Monday 10/27 in class

Week 10

M: 11/3
W: 11/5

Sex

Willetts et al. (2004)
Buss Chapter 4
Vohs et al. (2004) (optional)

Read 2 of these 4:

Paul & Hayes (2002)
Donnelly & Burgess (2008)
Smith (2007)
Birnbaum & Gillath (2006)

Week 11

M: 11/10

Infidelity

Read 2 of these 3:

Drigotas et al. (1999)
Previti & Amato (2004)
Barta & Kiene (2005)


W: 11/12

Jealousy

Fenigstein & Peltz (2002)
Buunk et al. (1996)

Read 1 of these 2:

Harris & Christenfeld (1996)
DeSteno & Salovey (1996)

Week 12

M: 11/17

Violence in Relationships

Johnson (2006)
Shackelford et al. (2005)
Frye (2006)
Buss Chapter 7 (optional)

W: 11/19

Student Topic #1

TBA

Week 13

M: 11/24

Student Topic #2

TBA

W: 11/26

No Class; Thanksgiving

Week 14

M: 12/1

Student Topic #3

TBA

W: 12/3

Student Topic #4

TBA

Week 15

M: 12/8

Student Topic #5

TBA

W: 12/10

Student Topic #6

TBA

Week 16

 

 

  Finals Week   Research Proposal due Friday 12/19 by 5pm

 

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