The course website includes a blog and a lot of links, as well as a detailed syllabus. Stepping back for an overview, it looks like the course progressed through a series of ten topics, several of which got more than one week of classes. (It's a semester course, not a quarter, like one of mine.) Here's the list:
- Attraction and "Courtship"
- Dating and Hook-Up Culture
- Falling in Love
- The Experience of Love: Attachment and Love as Madness
- Love as a Story
- Love in Popular Culture
- Love Across Borders
- Love in the Postmodern World
- Marriage and Monogamy
Several of the units mix scientific, social-scientific, and humanistic perspectives: for example, one class day on "The Experience of Love" includes the following readings:
- “Acute effects of cocaine on human brain activity and emotion” Brieter
- “Pathological love: impulsivity, personality, and romantic relationship” Sophia et al.
- “Sexual addiction, sexual compulsivity, sexual impulsivity or what? Toward a theoretical model” Bancroft & Vukadinovic,
- “Personality characteristics of sexual addicts and pathological gamblers” M Raviv.
- DH Lawrence, "The Mess of Love"
- Stendhal, On Love (the famous passage on "crystallization")
All in all, as I say, it's a very ambitious syllabus--one that gets me thinking what my own set of topics might look like.
Several of the topics jump out at me as ones I could see myself doing, and several give me the opposite impression: here's something I'd probably avoid. Among the former, I'd count "Love as a Story" (which had readings from Robert Sternberg's book of that name, along with some Joseph Campbell); "Love in Popular Culture" (songs, Disney movies); "Love Across Borders," and "Love in the Postmodern World" (feat. Erich Fromm's The Art of Loving and Cristina Nehring's recent Vindication of Love--I can think of some other readings I'd slot in here). "Marriage and Monogamy" appeals to me also as a topic, perhaps because I feel like I've been thinking about it for the past, oh, 30 years or so. :)
On the other hand, there are topics here that I'd be a bit uncomfortable doing--not for the content per se so much as for my lack of disciplinary knowledge. The units on dating and hook-up culture, love as madness, and "sex" (as a stand-alone topic, which seems odd to me) fall into this category, although I suspect that at least the first would be of interest to my students. Maybe if I had a text to work with?