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Diversity in Interpersonal Relations (1 º Sem 2016/2017)

Code: 01695
Acronym: 01695
Level: 2nd Cycle
Basic: No
Teaching Language(s): English
Friendly languages:
Be English-friendly or any other language-friendly means that UC is taught in a language but can either of the following conditions:
1. There are support materials in English / other language;
2. There are exercises, tests and exams in English / other language;
3. There is a possibility to present written or oral work in English / other language.
1 6.0 0.0 h/sem 24.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 1.0 h/sem 25.0 h/sem 125.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 150.0 h/sem
Since year 2012/2013
Pre-requisites Not apllicable.
Objectives - To understand explanations and processes linked to diversity in close relationships;
- To describe and explain the impact of diversities on interpersonal relationships and social interactions with people deemed close and/or intimate;
- To analyze the effects of diversity in close relationships for well-being;
- To analyze the role of diversity in conflictual close relationships
- To learn and develop strategies to decrease the impact of diversity in conflictual close relationships.
Competencies:
- To define, explain, and communicate the impact of diversities on close relationships;
- To analyze the role of diversity in conflictual close relationships;
- To propose and communicate the effects of diversity in close relationships for well-being;
- To develop strategies to decrease the impact of diversity in conflictual close relationships.
Program This course will offer an analysis of the influence of diversity in its various facets (e.g., culture, ethnicity) on close relationships (e.g., friendship, family). The course will be divided in three main parts. The first part will offer an overview of the main research on close relationships. Specifically, this part will cover the development of close relationships, and the motivations, cognitions, and behaviors of individuals in close relationships.
The second part will take into account how diversity interferes in the development, maintenance and ending of close relationships. Depending on the type of relationship, culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation will be taken into account as examples of diversity. Their impact on dynamics of close relationships will be analyzed, with a particular focus on friendship, family, and intimate relations.
The third part will focus on possible strategies that can reduce the impact of diversity in conflictual interpersonal relationships.
Evaluation Method Evaluation will be two-fold. In a test the most fundamental knowledge will be checked in standardized form (60% of the final classification). Moreover, each student will be asked to write a short essay of maximum 1000 words in which he/she demonstrates the ability to apply the learned concepts and approaches to a real-life case of intercultural relations (40% of the final classification). Attendance of a minimum of 80% of classes is required.
Teaching Method The course is organized in theoretical/practical lessons. During the theoretical lessons, the topics related to diversity in close relationships will be introduced in their general aspects. During the practical part, the topics will be deepened through the analysis of relevant research papers and daily life experiences (analysis of students? personal experiences, tv news, movies, newspaper articles, etc). Moreover, students will be encouraged to present and discuss in a critical manner articles deemed fundamental in the relevant area.
Observations
Basic Bibliographic 1) Gaines, S. O., Jr. (1997). Culture, ethnicity, and personal relationship processes. New York: Routledge.
2) Hendrick, C., & Hendrick, S. (2004) (Eds.) Close Relationships: A Sourcebook. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
3) Dwyer, D. (2000) (Ed.). Interpersonal relationships. London: Routledge.
4) Chen, X., French, D. C., & Schneider, B. H. (2006) (Eds.). Peer relationships in cultural context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
5) Demo, D. H., Allen, K. R., & Fine, M. A. (2000) (Eds.). Handbook of family diversity. New York: Oxford University Press.
6) Fehr, B. (1996). Friendship processes. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
7) Blieszner, R, & Adams, R. G. (1992). Adult friendship. Newbury Park: Sage.

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