Social Relations
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BS035
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Behavioural Science;
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prof. dr. A.H.N. Cillessen
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dr. E.E. Hilbrink
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prof. dr. J.C.T.M. Karremans
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prof. dr. E.S. Kluwer
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dr. T.A.M. Lansu
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Academic year2018
PER4  (15/04/2019 to 12/07/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksFor Behavioural Science RM students only, non-BSRM students interested in the course, please mail to
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
IIn humans, social relationships constitute the most important context for learning and development. After successfully completing the course the student will be thoroughly acquainted with the nature and development of various types of interpersonal relationships with a focus on relationships in children and adolescents. The student will understand what the role is of various interpersonal relations and their significance for individual development and functioning in various contexts across the life-span.
The student will be able to apply theories, knowledge and insights acquired in this course in response to societal and scientific questions. 
This course addresses various interpersonal relations (such as friendships, mutual dislike, parent-child, peer, and romantic relations) and interpersonal evaluations, cognitions and behaviours (such as aggression, prosocial behaviour, interpersonal evaluation, inhibition and forgiveness) at different ages across the lifespan (such as childhood, adolescence and adulthood). For the different types of relationships, the emergence of variations in quality of the relationship is discussed, as well as how they are assessed and how and through which mechanisms they may affect the individual's behaviour and development. Attention is also given to the broader social and cultural context in which social interactions and relationships are embedded.

Exam information
The final grade for this course is based on the student's performance on the written exam with eight open-ended questions (100%). These questions are based on the assigned literature and the contents of the lectures.
In addition: In order to pass, students (a) may not miss more than one session (b) should timely deliver the assignment for each meeting (i.e., good quality questions/discussion points about the literature), and (c) should actively participate in the discussions during the meetings.
Required materials
To be announced
The materials for the course comprise lecture notes, assignments, and literature. The literature covers theoretical articles as well as reviews and reports of recent empirical research. A list of references will be posted online a week before.

Instructional modes

Test weight0
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER4

Test weight0
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock PER4

Class participation
Test weight0
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock PER4

Exam open-end questions
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock HERT, Block PER4