Attachment Across the Lifespan

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Attachment Across the Lifespan
Fall 2022
Taught By: Inga Blom
Section: A

CRN: 14690

Credits: 3

Attachment is a concept that infiltrates many facets of our daily lives. It is often referenced in popular media, social media and psychological science to explain aspects of life, love, and success - from infancy through adulthood. And yet, very often, these ideas and connections are explained in basic and superficial terms. In this course we seek to deepen our understanding of attachment across the lifespan by examining questions such as: What is attachment? How do we become “attached”? Where does attachment start? How does one “get it”? How does one keep it, change it, and pass it on? Is it the same for everyone, or how is it socially/culturally mediated? This course will define and explore the origins and applications of Attachment Theory, including its foundations in psychoanalysis, developmental science, evolutionary psychology and ecology/biology. Together, we will examine longitudinal studies that follow people from infancy through adulthood, with a focus on the role of attachment across the lifespan and across generations. Additionally we will focus on how attachment might influence specific transitional phases and experiences on the many journeys of life. Finally, we will broaden our focus to critique the ways in which socio-cultural factors have both informed and been excluded from the attachment literature.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:16pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 618
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022