This unit will examine how the intimate sphere became its own distinct social space in modern society, complete with its own norms and regulations that govern interactions on an intimate level.
Drawing on historical contexts and depictions of intimate relations in art and media, this online unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University will develop your critical approach to the nature of intimacy and expose you to a range of classical and contemporary texts on the subject.
Please be aware that The Intimate Sphere: Love, Friendship and Family covers the different forms of violence, abuse and neglect perpetrated in intimate relationships. Students are asked to contribute to online discussions with their class regarding their life experiences.
You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in sociology before starting this unit.
Areas of study
In this sociology unit, the topics you will study include:
The making of the intimate sphere
Remaking of the intimate sphere 1: detraditionalisation and individualisation
Remaking of the intimate sphere: authenticity and expert knowledge
Passionate love in history
Love as art, love as religion
A brief history of friendship
The family in history and contemporary society
Childhood: history and present dilemmas
Parents, children and the transformation of intimacy
The dark side of intimacy
Review: reflections on intimacy, love, friendship and family
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University of Technology
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will develop core competencies in essay writing, critical thinking and the interpretation of texts. These skills are essential for pursuing further study in the field of sociology, and are advantageous in many other fields including the arts, communication and media.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in The Intimate Sphere: Love, Friendship and Family from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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