UNDERGRADUATE PERCEPTION ON COURTSHIP AND IT’S INFLUENCE ON PRE-MARITAL SEX

Project TopicsUNDERGRADUATE PERCEPTION ON COURTSHIP AND IT’S INFLUENCE ON PRE-MARITAL SEX

UNDERGRADUATES
PERCEPTION ON COURTSHIP AND IT’S INFLUENCE ON PRE-MARITAL SEX

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1   BACKGROUND
TO THE STUDY

University
campuses offer a unique environment for students either to pursue a traditional
courtship style or engage in a courtship style that is driven by pre-marital
sexual intercourse. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, courtship is the
activities that occur when people are developing a romantic relationship that
could lead to marriage or the period of time when such activities occur.

Premarital
sex is sexual activity practiced by people who are unmarried. Historically,
premarital sex was considered a moral issue which was taboo in many cultures
and considered a sin by a number of religions, but since about the 1960s, it
has become more widely accepted, especially in Western countries.

Several
studies have been carried out on the perception of students on courtship considering
its effect on pre-marital sex (Bogle, 2008). These studies indicate that young
men and women are more frequently engaging in casual sex or what is known as
‘campus courtship’ or ‘hooking up’ than the traditional courtship where lovers
are not to engage in pre-marital sex. Hooking up carries a level of ambiguity
but has been generally defined as a sexual encounter, anything from kissing to
having sex, especially between young men and women without implying any marital
commitment.

The
large percentage of divorces each year, non-marital pregnancies and pre-marital
sex has all dramatically changed the traditional family structure. Courtship
which was a trend that has been present for decades in Nigeria became popular
as a result of western education. Courtship among undergraduates has changed
the realm of male and female interaction as it used to be in the traditional
African society. Prior to the colonial era, men had to call upon women and be
invited to visit the woman’s home under strict supervision from the family.
This type of courtship was a form of traditional courtship that had very
clearly delineated guidelines that, men and women were expected to follow.
However, western education has totally redefined the perception of young men
and women about courtship and sex before married. The university environment
provides the opportunity for young individuals to go out to places away from
the watchful eyes of the family and community members and engage in another
kind of campus courtship popularly known as ‘hooking up’ (Hettlinger, 2007).

Several
factors such as the mass media, the social media, internet, peers, changing
family traditions, money, the university environment, among others has
influenced how young men and women think and participate in courtship alongside
modern social changes. The influence of this perception on courtship has
influenced undergraduates’ sexual behavior, particularly in the areas of
courtship and its relationship with premarital sex.

1.2   STATEMENT
OF THE PROBLEM

Literature
regarding the undergraduates’ perception on courtship and its influence on
pre-marital sex is limited. This research seeks to fill the vacuum by examining
the students view on how courtship should be and on if pre-marital sex should
be discouraged with special reference to peers, university environment, family
background and the social media have any significant effect on undergraduates’
perceptions on courtship and its influence on pre-marital sex.

1.3   OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

The
following are the objectives of this study:

1.  To
examine the undergraduates’ perceptions on courtship and its influence on
pre-marital sex.

2.  To
ascertain how courtship is being practiced among the undergraduates.

3.  To
identify the factors leading pre-marital sex among undergraduates.

1.4   RESEARCH QUESTIONS

1.  What
is the undergraduates’ perceptions on courtship and its influence on
pre-marital sex?

2.  How
is courtship being practiced among the undergraduates?

3.  What
are the factors leading pre-marital sex among undergraduates?

 

 

1.6   SIGNIFICANCE
OF THE STUDY

The following
are the significance of this study:

1.  The
outcome of this study will educate the general public and education
administrators on what students feel about courtship and its effect on
premarital sex as this will form a guide to managing the issues of premarital
sex among the students.

2.  This
research will also serve as a resource base to other scholars and researchers
interested in carrying out further research in this field subsequently, if
applied will go to an extent to provide new explanation to the topic.

1.7   SCOPE/LIMITATIONS
OF THE STUDY

This
study on the undergraduates’ perceptions on courtship and its influence on
pre-marital sex will cover all various types of courtship approaches that exist
in the Nigerian universities. Its will also cover the views of the
undergraduates about its and its effect on premarital sex.

 

LIMITATION OF STUDY

Financial constraint– Insufficient fund tends to impede the
efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature
or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire
and interview).

 Time constraint– The researcher will
simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently
will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.


 

REFERENCES

Bogle P.O.
(2008): Premarital sex involvement: Developmental investigation of relational
correlates. Adolescence. 92, 705-987

Hettlinger, R.
(2007). Sex isn’t that simple: The new sexuality on campus. Ney York. The
Seabury Press.