The Jakarta Post
A university in China is now offering its students a crash course on love.
The online elective, called Psychology of Love and Relationship, is open to the public and has received over 1.2 million clicks, according to cgtn.com. It’s offered by China University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou and was developed by Duan Xinxing, a psychology professor and the dean of the School of Public Management, alongside his team.
Duan noticed that failure in love and relationships played a big role in her students' issues at school, so she decided that this course would be able to help them. The class quickly became so popular that 600 students had signed up in one semester.
As the class is primarily taught online, the university has uploaded the materials to its website, allowing people outside of the university to access it. So far, the course has received over 1.2 million clicks and 11,000 applications, most of which come from college students.
Unlike most classes, Psychology of Love and Relationship doesn’t emphasize theory, and instead turns its focus on practical experience. Students are encouraged to speak out about their previous experiences in relationships, and to discuss the types of relationships they encountered in their time at school, such as love at first sight, unrequited love, long-distance love and even more sensitive topics like sex.
“If students learned how to handle all types of challenges they encountered in their relationships after studying the course, I could say that they’ve learned the ‘techniques’,” said Duan, who added that in order to further understand college students, she spends most of her time consuming media meant for and about them. (sul/kes)