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Psychology (PSYCH)

PSYCH 231 (GS;US) Introduction to the Psychology of Gender (3) Psychological study of gender in historical and contemporary perspective. Role of gender in development, self-concept, social relations, and mental health.

PSYCH 231 Introduction to the Psychology of Gender (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

After a beginning period of domination by men, the rise of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s in the US gave impetus to the study of women and gender. Through both traditional and feminist research methods, psychologists have sought to clarify what is general among and between women and men, and what may be individualized to specific persons or groups. Conceptions of gender are also examined cross-culturally. Emphasis of study is upon those experiences that are specifically related to gender, such as stereotypes and expectations of femininity, violence against women, economic and work-related constraints, and pregnancy and childbirth. There will be two major evaluation methods used. One will be tests that will assess students' knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theories, and research findings. The other will be assignments that will provide the opportunity for students to apply, research, analyze, and discuss key areas of the course. Psychology 231 is intended as a basic introduction to the psychology of gender. For PSYBA and PSYBS majors, PSYCH 231 is part of the History/Philosophy/Religion/Diversity group that can be used to meet the requirement of additional courses in four different groups. PSYCH 231 can be used for the Psychology minor. Non-majors may use it to fulfill a general education social/behavioral science and international/intercultural competency selection. This course will be offered once a year with 60 seats per offering.


General Education: GS
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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