Relationship Science: Understanding Close Relationships

Close relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners are an extremely important part of our day-to-day lives. In fact, close relationships are one of the most important factors affecting life quality and satisfaction.

In this course, we look at how the science of relationships can help us analyze and understand our close relationships, how these relationships begin, grow and decline, and how they change over the span of our lives.

Dr. SILVIA BARTOLIC, PhD, is Undergraduate Chair and Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Sociology at UBC. She’s a recipient of the prestigious Killam Teaching Prize for her courses in family sociology. Silvia’s research interests lie in the scholarship of teaching and learning, relationship dynamics, family and health.

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Available Sessions

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