Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Understanding Romantic Relationships

Colorado State University

Build foundational knowledge of romantic relationships and how they start by exploring the types of romantic relationships people have around the world (including monogamy and polyamory), and understand how people make choices when they enter a relationship.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week

Jennifer J. Harman, PhD.

Lead Educator

Colorado State University


Learning outcomes

  • Identify different types of relationships that individuals have around the world.
  • Explore factors associated with the decision to enter a relationship, such as personal goals and social expectations.
  • Describe attractive. Students will learn what is considered “attractive” and how these perceptions vary (or not) across cultures.
  • Investigate in detail the theories and research about dating and early relationship milestones (e.g., sexual initiation).


  • Types of relationships from around the world, including monogamy, consensual non-monogamy (e.g., polygamy, polyamory), same-sex and different sex relationships, friends with benefits, “love” versus arranged marriages, and married versus unmarried committed relationships.
  • Deciding on the kind of relationship you want: pros and cons of singlehood, how relationship beliefs shape our goals, perceptions, and thoughts about relationships, balancing personal goals with cultural/social/family expectations.
  • The types of factors that influence attraction and where to meet partners: physical characteristics, personality, relationship goals and values.
  • Early relationship milestones and challenges: moving from initial attraction to dating to commitment, assessing compatibility with personal goals.

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Understanding Romantic Relationships

Colorado State University