Course Number Course Title Semester Day & Time Instructor Course Fee Register
SOC 321K Sociology of Love and Intimacy Fall 2024 M 5:30PM - 8:00PM Mehdi Haghshenas $850.00
Course Type
Semester-Based Online
Class Description

Sociology of Love and Intimacy will examine the many aspects of the mind- body consciousness, love, social change, and the human values. The first part of the course will look at the nature of the mind and its characteristics relevant to why one is not able to experience the unconditional love. This portion of the course also embraces the power of the presence and the concept of the Self. The second portion of the course will emphasize how intimacy and love are materialized in different societies; how love and intimacy interact with rapid social, economic, and cultural change, and how the subsequent change transforms the social world and the meaning of love. In this course, students will become familiar with the spiritual and philosophical aspects of love; the self and the personal identity in the context of love in the modern age; the family and the individual, and the impact of industrialization and capitalism on private lives and the public order. Finally, the course will look at gender, love and sexual revolution, and the media representation of love and intimacy.

Date & Location

This course is 100% online and includes live streaming video. Real-time participation is required during scheduled meeting times.

First class day: Monday, August 26 
Last class day: Monday, December 9
Final exam: Instructor will provide information.

Required Course Materials

Ekhart Tolle. 2004. Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.

A selection of articles, prepared in a course packet available for order through Paradigm Books.

Technical Requirements

Reliable internet connection (wired connection is recommended for synchronous interactions and video recordings). A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones.

Official UT Austin Course Description

Contemporary Issues in Sociology: Special Topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Class Prerequisites

Upper-division standing or permission of the instructor.

Students should contact the University Extension advisor with any questions about prerequisites or placement in our courses. All students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about how this course fulfills their degree requirements.


No refunds after 08/29/2024.