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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Relationships continue to be a central part of our everyday lives, but how are our relationships changing as a result of recent social, cultural, economic and technological transformations? In this subject, we explore the nature and dynamics of our most intimate relationships, both within and beyond the family. How has globalisation transformed the culturally specific ways in which we partner, love and reproduce? What new forms of intimacies and families are being produced by new media and migration? Who is responsible for providing care to those who need it, such as children and the elderly? In exploring the answers to these questions, we pay particular attention to the themes of continuity and change in the structures, meanings and practices of relationships as they occur around the world. This provides students with an opportunity to develop their capacity for critical analysis and reflection on themes of gender, globalisation and intimacy.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorWendy Mee

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTutorials, essay, exams

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Has completed 30 credit points of first year subjects


Incompatible subjectsSOC3SOR OR SOC2FAC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse the changes in relationships associated with late modernity
02. Apply theories of individualisation to understanding the self in late modernity
03. Apply theories of relationships in late modernity to understanding specific relationship contexts

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