Romantic love is one of the most intense of all human experiences. But do people everywhere feel it, even in societies with arranged marriage? What is the role of love in such societies, in those places where the emotions of friendship and family are valued more than love and marriage? This course will address these, and other, fascinating questions. Students will learn how to analyze views of love in different cultures by examination of personal ads, children's literature and movies (e.g. Disney films), soap operas, popular songs, and many other forms of popular culture. This course aims to give students a tour of the world through the perspective of the varied ways that people feel about, think about, and experience, love.
NOTE: This course is offered 100% online with required meeting times via Zoom as stated.