Close Relationships (PSY527) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Close Relationships PSY527 3 2 0 4 8
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Social Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrem Metin Orta
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce the students with the research and theories in close relationships, and to teach how to critically analize and interpret the dynamics and the factors influencing them in close relations from a scientific perspective.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Develop an understanding on the research and theories on attachment, attraction and relationship development, interdependence, romantic love, relationship problems, conflict, and the dissolution and loss of relationships
  • Gain knowledge on the dynamics in close relationships and factors influencing them.
  • Gain knowledge on critical analysis and interpretation of the main concepts in close relationships from scientific perspective.
  • Develop an awareness regarding the cross-cultural validity and/or relevance of the research on close relationships.
  • Improve students’ presentation and discussion skills through course activities
Course Content Attachment, interpersonal attraction and development of relationships, friendship and romantic love, communication, interdependence, relationship problems, conflict, friendship and social support.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction
2 The science of relationships Related Chapter and Articles
3 Attachment Theory Related Chapter and Articles
4 Attachment and Culture Related Chapter and Articles
5 Attachment-Based Intervention Programs Related Chapter and Articles
6 Adult Attachment Related Chapter and Articles
7 Adult Attachment Related Chapter and Articles
8 Attraction and Relationship Development Related Chapter and Articles
9 Attraction and Relationship Development Related Chapter and Articles
10 Interdependency and Romantic Love Related Chapter and Articles
11 Interdependency and Romantic Love Related Chapter and Articles
12 Relationship Problems and Conflict Related Chapter and Articles
13 Dissolution and Loss of a Relationship Related Chapter and Articles
14 Student Presentations
15 Student Presentations
16 Final Exam Period


Course Book 1. Miller, R. S. (2022). Intimate Relationships (9th Ed.). McGraw Hill.
Other Sources 2. Hazan, C., & Campa, M. I. (Eds.). (2013). Human bonding: The science of affectional ties. Guilford Press.
3. Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications. (2008) by J. Cassidy & P. R. Shaver. (2nd Ed.) Guilford Press

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 10
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 20
Presentation 2 30
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 5 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Knowledge of theories and empirical data on the professional relationship, such as: Interpersonal relationships, power relationships, boundary issues, therapeutic alliance and more specific knowledge of the fluctuations of the therapeutic/professional relationship as a function of intervention setting.
2 Knowledge of self, such as motivation, resources, values, personal biases and others; macro (work, national norms) and micro (family, gender differences) environment in which the person functions. X
3 Skills of effective communication, establishment and maintenance of rapport, establishment and maintenance of trust and respect in the professional relationship . X
4 Accepting obligations, being sensitive to others, and conducting the self in an ethical manner while working with other professionals. X
5 Knowledge and skills of assessment and evaluation such as assessment methods, knowledge of populations served in a cultural context, human development and diagnosis along with necessary skills such as collection and processing data, formulation of hypotheses and making a diagnosis when appropriate, report writing and formulation of an action plan. X
6 The learning of an array of varied interventions with individuals and systems such as couples, families, groups and organizations, selecting and applying appropriate intervention methods. X
7 Analyzing the information by utilizing critical reasoning skills, developing a conceptual framework towards solution of a critical problem, and communicating this to the client. X
8 Sufficient skills in the conduct of research to be able to develop and carry out projects in a professional context and, in certain cases, in an academic context. Applications of various research approaches to social systems. X
9 Has knowledge of ethical principles and skills of ethical decision-making process, proactive identification of potential ethical dilemmas and resolution of ethical dilemmas. X
10 Learning to be a receptive supervisee such as open to supervision, well prepared, able to use time efficiently, aware of limits, and ability to link learning approaches to specific evaluation criteria. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Application 16 2 32
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 2 10 20
Homework Assignments 1 10 10
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 15 15
Total Workload 125