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ACE2241 Exploring the Scientific Basis of Loving Relationships is a Course

ACE2241 Exploring the Scientific Basis of Loving Relationships

Ended Oct 29, 2021

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Full course description

Course Overview

Researches show that the majority of people want to have a long term relationship and be happy ever after. According to the Evolutionary Psychologist David Buss 90% of the world population get married or start a relationship in some stage of their life, but, unfortunately in Western society, almost two-thirds end in separation or divorce. That 33 % who stay together, it is reported that at least 20% are unhappy. It means that only a small part of the population conger the happy and fulfilling relationship they hoped for. But, why, and in addition how do we increase the chances of building a successful romantic relationship? This course gives insights into these questions.

Using a blend of facilitated discussions, videos, and interactive exercises, the learning will be action and results-oriented to build romantic competence and self-confidence. This course is delivered in a fun and relaxed learning environment to discuss a diverse number of topics and offer participants the opportunity to develop skillsets and insight into their romantic life in an engaging way.

Course Schedule 


Classes will be delivered online on Mondays 7-9pm for six weeks from 27 September to 1 November.

  • Module 1: Introduction into sexual selection: why do we choose one person instead of another for a short or long term relationship.

  • Module 2: Exploring romantic needs: What men and women want from a romantic relationship.

  • Module 3: Interpreting the body language of attraction.

  • Module 4: Distinguishing between love and passion.

  • Module 5: Romantic Competence.

  • Module 6: Strategies to maintain a loving relationship.


Course Lecturer

This course is being taught by Eliana Monteiro, PhD in Applied Phycology at UCC (Ireland), MS in Sexology at UGF (Brazil) and MBA in Business Management and Social Projects at UNIFEI (Brazil). Eliana brings over 15 years’ experience as a Lecturer in more than ten different College courses, as a counsellor and as a researcher in the area of Romantic Relationships.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.


Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

Closing Date for Application

Friday 17 September

Contact Details for Further Information

Regina Sexton, Phone: 021-4904700, Email: