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Sociology of Love and Relationships - JSB553
Anglický název: Sociology of Love and Relationships
Zajišťuje: Katedra sociologie (23-KS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022 do 2022
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 5
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:kombinovaná
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/0, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (25)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Markéta Mazáková Šetinová, M.Sc.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Markéta Mazáková Šetinová, M.Sc. (12.09.2021)
Love may seem as a personal matter. Yet whom we choose to date, how many children we decide to have and what kind of families we form impacts our society at large. Vice versa, our decisions about love, relationships and family are largely influenced by society. Using sociological perspective, the goal of this course is to give students a coherent overview of the changes we observe in our close relationships during the past few decades. Among other topics, we will explore how online dating changes our mating behaviour and what it can tell us about partner preferences, how gender equality impacts relationships and what trends in marriage, fertility and divorce rates can tell us about society. Our main focus will be the Czech Republic, but we will look outside of our region to critically examine how context impacts our intimate relationships. Besides engaging with sociological theories and current research, students will be expected to conduct their own qualitative inquiry
Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Markéta Mazáková Šetinová, M.Sc. (12.09.2021)

Weekly lectures will combine frontal teaching, group work, discussions, critical engagement with course materials (texts and videos) and practical exercises. The course is led and taught by Markéta Šetinová. Students can expect at least two guest lectures from experts.


Lecture every Thursday 9.30h – 10.50h at Pekařská, room 105. Participation at lectures is compulsory. For each lecture, students are expected to read one text and/or complete an assignment.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Markéta Mazáková Šetinová, M.Sc. (12.09.2021)

Assessment methods: 

1)    Attendance and active participation in lectures  – max 20 points

2)    Weekly readings and exercises – max 30 points

3)    Independent research and presentation – max 50 points


Grading System 

91 - 100 points: A - excellent (outstanding performance with only minor mistakes)

81 -  90 points: B - very good (above average performance with some mistakes)

71 - 80 points: C - good (overall good performance with a number of notable mistakes)

61 - 70 points: D - satisfactory (acceptable performance with significant mistakes)

51 - 60 points: E - sufficient (performance fulfils only minimum criteria)

less than 51 points: F - insufficient/failed (more effort needs to be made)

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Markéta Mazáková Šetinová, M.Sc. (12.09.2021)

Week 1 Is There a Sociology of Love?

During this lecture, we will explore the contributions of classical social thinkers to a sociological understanding of love. We will ask how come the social nature of love has been largely forgotten in sociology and how can sociological research and perspective be useful in studying intimate relationships. We will also identify major societal changes impacting our love life.

Reading: Rusu, M. S. (2018). Theorising love in sociological thought: Classical contributions to a sociology of love. Journal of Classical Sociology18(1), 3-20.


Week 2 Love, Sex and Covid

Fear, lockdown orders and “social distancing” guidelines prompted drastic changes in daily life, with significant implications for our love and sex lives. What changed in dating, long term relationships and sex during the pandemic? And will these changes last?

Reading: Lehmiller, Justin J., et al. (2021) "Less sex, but more sexual diversity: Changes in sexual behavior during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic." Leisure Sciences 43.1-2 (2021): 295-304.


Week 3 Partner Preferences

What do people search for in a mate and how can we find out? We will focus on gender differences in mate preferences and introduce theories explaining the patterns. Why is studying partner preferences important, what it can tell us about the society at large and how can we study this intimate and perhaps to some extent unconscious choice?

Reading: Buss, D.M., Shackelford, T.K., Kirkpatrick, L.A., and Larsen, R.J. (2001). A Half Century of Mate Preferences : The Cultural Evolution of Values. Journal of Marriage and Family 63(2):491–503.


Week 4 Assortative Mating and Online Dating

The Internet has now become a habitual channel for finding a partner, but little is known about the impact of this recent partnership market on mate selection patterns.  Assortative mating is a stable occurence in most societies, but to this date, mate selection has occured within the constraints of physical dating markets. Will lifting these constraints mean changes in whom we choose as our partner?

 Reading: Potarca, G. (2017). Does the internet affect assortative mating? Evidence from the US and Germany. Social Science Research61, 278-297.


Week 5 Gender roles

Gender roles impact our intimate relationships, from partner search to everyday life within one household. In this lecture, we will examine the associations between gender role attitudes, household labor, and family satisfaction and compare these between traditional and liberal countries.

Reading: Forste, R., & Fox, K. (2012). Household labor, gender roles, and family satisfaction: A cross-national comparison. Journal of Comparative Family Studies43(5), 613-631.


Week 6 Gender, Relationship and Sexual Diversity

LQBTQ+. Living apart together. Cohabitation. Serial monogamy. Open relationships. Polyamory. Social norms regarding “the way we do love” are relaxing. What does this mean for the wider society?

Reading: Rubel, Alicia N., and Anthony F. Bogaert. "Consensual nonmonogamy: Psychological well-being and relationship quality correlates." The Journal of Sex Research 52.9 (2015): 961-982.


Week 7 Marriage Trends

Marriage patterns in developed countries have changed dramatically during the past century. We will explore this change, looking at possible causes. Furthermore, we will look at what marriage means to society and individuals. Although the practical importance of marriage has declined, its symbolic significance has remained high and may even have increased, becoming a marker of prestige and personal achievement.

Reading: Cherlin, A. J. (2004). The deinstitutionalization of American marriage. Journal of marriage and family66(4), 848-861.


Week 8 Reading Week

No lecture and assignment this week, but there will be possibility to discuss final research project during individual or group consultations.


Week 9 Singles

The number of singles in developed countries is growing. Why do some people choose to stay single and why some people have no other choice than to stay single? We will focus on the sociological perspective of singlehood and discuss whether singles are victims of prejudice and negative societal attitudes.

 Reading: DePaulo, Bella M., and Wendy L. Morris. "Singles in society and in science." Psychological Inquiry 16.2-3 (2005): 57-83.



Week 10 Erotic Capital in Mating

Erotic capital can be seen as a fourth personal asset, an important addition to economic, cultural, and social capital. How does erotic power manifest itself at the mating market? Do men trade their economic strengths for women’s good looks and sex appeal? Why might women be hesitant to utilize their erotic capital?

Reading: Hakim, C. (2010). Erotic capital. European sociological review26(5), 499-518.


Week 11 Final conference part 1

The last two lectures are about linking theory and practice. All students are asked to present the results of their research to class.


Week 12 Final conference part 2

The last lecture are about linking theory and practice. All students are asked to present the results of their research to class.

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