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Women's Studies (WMNST)

WMNST 471 (US) (PSYCH 479) The Psychology of Gender (3) Theories and research on gender differences and gender roles. Emphasis on women's and men's current positions in society.

WMNST (PSY) 471 The Psychology of Gender (3)

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

This course examines how psychologists have addressed questions relating to gender in past and present-day research. Our goal is to understand what "gender" is, and how and when gender matters in our evaluations of ourselves and in our interactions with others. The course focuses on four themes:
(1) When does gender matter? Gender as a system of power relations, as an aspect of personality, as a cue;
(2) Diversity within gender categories;
(3) Thinking critically about language and the power of naming;
(4) Connections between psychological research and social change.

Successful completions of the course will:
(1) give students an understanding of the major concepts, theories, and methodological issues in past and current psychological research on gender
(2) enable students to think critically about psychology's study of gender and its implications for social policy and social change
(3) enable students to relate their history of experience of gender to the academic literature on the topic
(4) give students an understanding of the importance and complexity of investigating gender in the context of other dimensions of social identity, such as racial ethnicity

Course grade is based on performance on quizzes/exams (30%), homework assignments (30%), a collaborative research project (35%), and class participation (5%). This course covers the psychology of gender in greater depth than does any other undergraduate PSY course, and provides a psychological perspective on topics covered in a variety of Women's Studies courses. It complements other PSY courses that cover related topics in social and personality psychology. The course can be counted as one of the required 400-level courses for the Psychology major and for the Women's Studies major.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100, PSYCH 221

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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