How people meet, who they date, and when they settle down have all changed dramatically in recent decades. In this course, we will tackle social questions that are often speculated on in day to day life but rarely examined scientifically and empirically. Do "birds of a feather flock together" or do opposites attract? What is hookup culture? How does online dating differ from traditional courtship? Why has the average age at marriage increased? Is the divorce rate going up or down? Are single people discriminated against? Why are domestic and sexual abuse still so prevalent? This course will provide students with a thorough overview of demographic and sociological perspectives on sex and relationships. Students will become famiiar with the empirical patterns and trends, political and cultural debates, and policy issues concerning historical and modern romantic and sexual relationships – as well as the major theories and research methods used in the sociological study of relationships.
- Grading Basis: Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit