Student Topics

The topics for last six class days* will be chosen by the class. In addition, the class material for those days will be partly presented by groups of students. Groups of ~3 students will pick the topic for the day, and (with guidance from the instructor) find relevant readings, develop discussion questions, and lead discussion for part of that class period. I will add lecture material or discussion topics as necessary.

*6 class days: 11/19, 11/24, 12/1, 12/3, 12/8, and 12/10.

Some potential topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Friendships (& cross-sex friendships)
  • "Singleness"
  • Long-distance relationships
  • “Alternative relationships” / Open relationships
  • Interracial relationships
  • Arranged marriages
  • Cohabitation
  • Loneliness
  • Unrequited love / Stalking
  • Relationship dissolution / Break-up (and its consequences)
  • Love and emotion in relationships
  • Condom use
  • Humor in relationships
  • Cultural differences
  • Gender differences
  • Individual differences/personality
  • Homosexual relationships
  • Relationships and the internet
  • Relationships and physical health
Any suggestions for other topics you're interested in discussing? e-mail and let me know.

What each group needs to do:

1. Find and read 4-6 papers relating to your topic (provide me with copies of these articles).

2. Select 1-3 papers (approximately ~50 pages) to have the whole class read, and provide me with copies of these. Make sure they are good, clean, very readable hard copies of these papers, or .PDF files.

3. Write Discussion Questions for your readings.

4. Prepare an outline/presentation (~20 minutes) of the key issues and findings related to your topic. You may chose to present a study or two that the class didn't read, or discuss the overall findings of the research on your topic. If you want to make a handout for the class get it to me 2 days prior to your presentation date for copying.

Other notes:

  • If your group (or members of your group) want to meet with me prior to your presentation, let me know. My schedule is generally open.
  • You may turn in Hypotheses on any (or all) of the days of student topics are discussed (including the day that your group presents).
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