The arts heavily promote the idea that romantic love is time-limited; that it must naturally and inevitably end. We are often left wondering whether love is something we’re destined to fall out of or whether it could indeed be sustained over time.
This class suggests that long-term love is not an accident. It is the result of skills that can be learnt and practiced, rather than an emotional enthusiasm that spontaneously arises (and might then disappear) at the sight of another person. We examine skills around communication, compromise, tolerance, self-understanding and humour.
We consider how partners can learn to be together yet separate, and question whether we should seek to know our lover fully, or cultivate an appreciation of their occasional mystery and right to privacy. We practice the skills required to deepen connections, and look at ways to deal with conflict when communication breaks down.
Finally, we study the art of intelligent disappointment, and consider how dreams of bliss can in fact be the enemies of long-term love.
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.
These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.