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Psychology of Human Relationships (Option)

Learning outcomes

General framework (applicable to all topics in the option)
  • To what extent do biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors influence human relationships?
  • Evaluate psychological research (that is, theories and/or studies) relevant to the study of human relationships.
Social responsibility
  • Distinguish between altruism and prosocial behaviour.
  • Contrast two theories explaining altruism in humans.
  • Using one or more research studies, explain cross‑cultural differences in prosocial behaviour.
  • Examine factors influencing bystanderism.
Interpersonal relationships
  • Examine biological, psychological and social origins of attraction.
  • Discuss the role of communication in maintaining relationships.
  • Explain the role that culture plays in the formation and maintenance of relationships.
  • Analyse why relationships may change or end.
  • Evaluate sociocultural explanations of the origins of violence.
  • Discuss the relative effectiveness of two strategies for reducing violence.
  • Discuss the effects of short‑term and long‑term exposure to violence.