Media for Teaching

The following list includes various resources that may be useful for teaching (compiled by Kelly Campbell, Natalie Hengstebeck, and Cheryl Harasymchuk).

Other resources (compiled by Cheryl Harasymchuk):


Talks and Conference Presentations

  • Modern Romance - Helen Fisher, Christian Rudder (founder of OKCupid), Eli Finkel, and Aziz Ansari. Invited symposium at 2015 American Sociological Association meeting on modern romance



TED talks by IARR Members

(slides available here:

Other videos:




Beginning of Relationships

  • When Harry Met Sally is my go-to movie for sparking conversations about friendship between men and women in class. I especially love the little clips of the older couples describing how they first met:

  • Before Sunrise has some fantastic scenes illustrating attraction and intimacy growth through self-disclosure.

End of Relationships

  • Blue Valentine provides a great example of relationship dissolution:

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – the premise of the movie is about a fictional company that removes memories of ex-partners.

  • Breakup illustrates how difficult breakups can be
  • Sex and the City - Ending a relationship with a post-it note (strategies for breakups)


*Note: These movies are not PG and so might not be suitable for all classes.*

Note: The IARR Teaching Committee assembled this list of media resources. If we have omitted a resource you consider relevant to a topic, please email