Center for Marriage and Relationships
The Art (and Science) of Relationships
Learn trusted scholarly insights integrated with Biblical wisdom that speaks to the heart of doing relationships well.
The Art (and Science) of Relationships
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Overview

Why do relationships matter?

What’s the basis for those deep, seemingly unresolvable conflicts?

How do I make my relationships thrive?

This course provides learners with trusted scholarly insights integrated with Biblical wisdom that speaks to the heart of doing relationships well. You will come away with answers that you can apply to your own relationships.

Topics covered include:

  • The importance of emotional safety and trust
  • The impact of digital technology on your relationships
  • The role of forgiveness and gratitude
  • The art and science of communication and conflict

Join Dr. Chris Grace, Director of the Center for Marriage and Relationships at Biola University, for a 7-lesson exploration into what it means to do relationships well. Each lesson contains:

  • Video lectures that explain Biblical wisdom and the latest scientific research on relationships
  • Reflection questions to help you more deeply understand the material
  • Practices to help you integrate what you learned into daily life
Instructor
Chris Grace
Center for Marriage and Relationships

The Biola University Center for Marriage and Relationships (CMR) is a trusted resource that combines the timeless, cross-cultural wisdom of Scripture with relevant and timely perspectives from scholarly research.

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Syllabus

Lesson Introduction:Why do relationships...
Overview
Course Introduction
Video
Designed to Connect, Part 1
Video
Designed to Connect, Part 2
Video
Commitment and Trust
Reflection
Practice: 32 Questions to Intimacy
Misc
Lesson Introduction:What makes for a healthy...
Overview
Creating Emotional Safety and Trust
Video
Emotional Safety
Reflection
Practice: Relationship Dynamics Scale
Misc
Lesson Introduction:There is a high cost to not...
Overview
Listening (and Communicating) Well, Part 1
Video
Listening (and Communicating) Well, Part 2
Video
Listening (and Communicating) Well, Part 3
Video
Listening
Reflection
Practice: Listening and Communicating Well
Misc
Lesson Introduction:Conflict is often the...
Overview
Handling Conflict, Part 1
Video
Handling Conflict, Part 2
Video
Handling Conflict, Part 3
Video
Handling Conflict
Reflection
Practice: The Marital Quality Scale
Misc
Lesson Introduction:How does digital technology...
Overview
Taming Technology, Part 1
Video
Taming Technology, Part 2
Video
Digital Technology
Reflection
Practice: Technology Fast
Misc
Lesson Introduction:Whether from current sin,...
Overview
Practicing Forgiveness, Part 1
Video
Practicing Forgiveness, Part 2
Video
Forgiveness
Reflection
Practice: Forgiveness
Misc
Lesson Introduction:Grateful people have...
Overview
Gratitude and Suffering, Part 1
Video
Gratitude and Suffering, Part 2
Video
Gratitude and Suffering, Part 3
Video
Gratitude
Reflection
Practice: Gratitude Journal
Misc
Recommended Resources
Misc
Course Evaluation
Misc

Course FAQ

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 1-2 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the reflection and discussion questions. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.