Interpersonal Relationships
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB3BE30E
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
prof. dr. J.C.T.M. Karremans
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prof. dr. J.C.T.M. Karremans
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. J.C.T.M. Karremans
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Academic year2017
PER2  (13/11/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After this course, students will be able to analyze why some relationships are well functioning and stable, while others are not, thereby using the different theoretical perspectives that are discussed during the course. In addition, students have better insight into the different mechanisms by which our daily functioning and well-being is influenced through our relationships with other. Students should also be able to apply and transfer the acquired knowledge to the daily reality of relationships.
This course covers the course of a relationship from beginning to end. We start questioning why people seek contact and form relationships with others in the first place. Then we explore which factors determine interpersonal attraction, how people deal with potential threats to the relationship – such as conflict and attractive alternatives –, and discuss the determinants and consequences of relationship dissolution. The content of the course is not restricted to romantic relationships, but also deals with the more general way by which an individual’s emotions and cognitions are influenced by the relationships one has with others.
The course covers a diversity of topics, such as the consequences of social exclusion, the association between relationships and health, the unconscious influences of others on our thinking and behaviour, and interpersonal communication. Throughout the course, attention will be paid to evolutionary foundations of relationships and relationship-related motivation and behaviour.

Course information
  • Written examination: multiple-choice
  • Open answer questions.
Additional comments
As room space is limited, a registration cap may apply for this course. Make sure to register at your earliest convenience. In case of too many enrollments, Psychology students will have priority over students from other faculties or universities.

Required materials
Miller (2012). Intimate relationships (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
To be announced
Additional literature: scientific articles, to be announced at the start of the course.

Instructional modes

Interactive meetings.

Exam: multiple-choice and open answer
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3