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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42385 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
BUR 134

Course Description

Sociology 308 examines the social, psychological, spiritual, and historical perspectives toward love and intimacy. It focuses on the cross-cultural diversity of passionate love and sexuality from early civilization in the East and West to the modern era. We will focus on: how intimacy and love are materialized in different societies. The course will offer insights to understand how love and intimacy interact with rapid social, economic, and cultural change, and how the subsequent change transformed the social world and the meaning of love. As we journey through this course, you will become familiar with: the aspects of self, identity, and differentiation in the context of love in the modern age; the family and the individual; the impact of industrialization and capitalism on private lives and the public order; gender, love and the sexual revolution, love and communication; media representation of love; love, health, and socialization; intercultural love and intimacy; personal choice and arranged marriages. Finally, we will look at the current state of love and aggression in modern democracies.

Grading Policy

(1) A research paper (4 - 5 pages) OR a group project (10  15 pages) on the subject of love, intimacy, relationships, or related issues. Course project and presentation constitute 30% of the course work. The project is central to the course and the topic must be chosen by the student and/or the group and approved by the teaching assistant and the instructor. (2) Bi-weekly "Journal Entries" of no more than two typewritten pages. Journal entries should record your critical reactions to the weekly readings, lectures, and/or films. Only FIVE journal entries are required for a grade and will constitute 15% of the course work. (3) The two exams include 40% (each exam counts 20%) of the course work. (4) Class participation, in-class assignments, and group discussions constitute 15% of the course grade.


Course Packet: a selection of articles has been prepared in a packet available at: Paradigm (407 W. 24th St.) Optional: Anthony Giddens. 1997. The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love &Eroticism In Modern Societies. Stanford University Press


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