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PSYC3010 Attachment & Personal Relationships

Module Overview

The module will look at theories and research on attachment and personal relationships and to critical evaluate the application of attachment theory to understand personal relationships, for example by critiquing articles in the area.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To increase knowledge about theories and research on attachment and personal relationships. To critically evaluate the application of attachment theory to understand personal relationships, for example, by critiquing articles in the area.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of attachment theory
  • Apply attachment theory and research to understand relationship functioning
  • Apply presentation, discussion, written skills
  • Critique theory and research
  • Integrate developmental and social/personality attachment research


1. Intro. + overview of attachment theory 2 being attached and attachment styles 3 caregiving 4 internal working models 5 stability of attachment 6 attachment and the self 7 romantic relationship functioning 8 coping and well-being 9 universality and culture 10 clinical/applied

Special Features

This module involves class discussion and student presentations and facilitation of class discussion. This class is not a passive lecture course. Attendance and participation are very important to meet course objectives.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The class will include some lecture but will mostly focus on the presentation and discussion of assigned readings. Students will be responsible for presenting readings and leading class discussion in groups of about 5-6.

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Reading List. A reading list will be provided the first day of class and placed on Blackboard. It includes about 3 readings (journal articles and chapters) per week.



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1 hours) 69%
Presentation 30%
Research Participation 1%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: (PSYC2019) or (EDUC2043 and EDUC2042) or (STAT1003 and STAT2009) or EDUC2054

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