Chinese university students flock to 'relationship' course


The majority college students who took a recent survey support their  school offering a course on how to have and keep a romantic  relationship, which sparked a heated debate on social media.  

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According  to a report by China Youth Daily on Monday, 88.23 percent of the 1,028  college students who responded to the survey were keen to learn about  how to handle college romances. The survey result showed that more than  half of the students (55.54 percent) believe that such a course could  help them form a positive attitude toward love. 

Many students  expected to learn how to get along with the opposite sex through the  courses, as heavy schoolwork had been their only focus before going to  college.

"The course told us how to better communicate while  dating and develop a positive attitude toward dealing with problems.  Unlike pick-up artists' tricks, who seek to gain others' trust through  manipulation and deception, our teachers focused on teaching us how to  respect each other and to express our feelings," Zhang Junhao, a junior  student at Tianjin Foreign Studies University who once took Psychology  of Love told the Global Times on Wednesday. 

Before he went to college Zhang had no romantic experience, but he's been with his girlfriend for two years.

Courses  in romance are not new China. East China Normal University in Shanghai  started its "marriage and love" course in 2013, and Southwest University  of Political Science & Law in Chongqing teaches students to write  love letters since 2015.

China University of Mining and  Technology in East China's Jiangsu Province also has a course called the  "Psychology of Love." One of the speakers, Duan XinXing, told students  that romantic tussles are often the biggest influence on college  students' mental health. The course offers positive guidance and  psychological care for students who have had a difficult time with love.

Some  netizens questioned whether a course on how to develop a romantic  relationship belongs in a formal curriculum setting, and whether the  topic should be a university course.

Chu Zhaohui, a research  fellow at the National Institute of Education Science said many college  students are in need of "relationship education." 

"Colleges students are young adults and have normal needs. It's reasonable schools  offer a common sense course on romantic relationships," Chu told the  Global Times on Wednesday.

Chu noted that since love-related  problems are very complicated, maintaining a relationship between lovers  constantly needs adjusting, and can't be easily 'taught' in a  classroom.

"This requires us to spend more time thinking about, planning and setting up the courses prudently," he said. 

Source: Global Times


East China Normal University