The quality of our intimate relationships and experiences are a focus of attention in modern Britain. That we can access an authentic self through intimacy with others is a pervading notion represented in art, literature, film and other mass media. A perceived lack of intimacy in our daily lives fuels the therapeutic industries. This module will examine how sociology can help us understand the construct of ‘the self’. It will also address how intimate relationships have changed over time. Students will be introduced to theoretical perspectives to analyse and critique those changes.
At the end of the module the you should be able to:
1. Give an overview of the changing nature of intimate relations in Britain
2. Critically assess the contribution of sociology to understanding intimacy and ‘the self’
3. Express understanding of issues and debates raised throughout the module in the form of an essay