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PSY 319: Psychology of Gender

Course Description

This course will focus on an overview of the theoretical, empirical, and applied literature related to gender. Students will critically analyze research on gender and psychology, describe constructivist and essentialist perspectives to psychological issues related to gender, and relate course content to their own gendered experiences. Topics include sex and gender differences and similarities in physical development, mental abilities, mental health issues and coping, spirituality, personality, social behavior, gender socialization in the context of ethnicity and class, sexual orientation, health, workplace, and media portrayal. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Describe theoretical foundations and empirical support for sex and gender differences and similarities across a variety of psychological domains;
  2. Differentiate the biological and learned or socially constructed sex and gender differences across a variety of psychological domains;
  3. Describe the diversity within and between genders across various psychological domains;
  4. Apply the concepts examined in the course to their own experiences.
  5. Describe and critique the portrayal of gender in the media.
  6. Apply the concepts examined in the course to a research project

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Research Paper (Week 7)

40%

Discussion & Assignments

60%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Brannon, L. Gender: Psychological Perspectives. 7th ed. Boston: Pearson Education, 2017. ISBN 13: 978-1-138-18234-9

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

2, 4, 5

Topic: Why Study Gender?

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete weekly assignments

2

1, 2, 3

Topic: Biology and Gender

  • Readings:
    • Brannon, Chapters 4 & 13
    • Additional articles posted in Week 2 of Course Content
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete weekly assignments

3

1, 5

Topic: Theories of Gender, Gender and Media

  • Readings:
    • Brannon, Chapters 5 & 6
    • Novel or children's book of choice
    • Article: "Reflections of Girls in the Media: A Two-Part Study on Gender and Media Summary of Key Findings"
      http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED444216.pdf
    • Review additional websites posted in Week 3 page in Blackboard
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete weekly assignments
  • Submit Final Paper Topic Proposal

4

3, 4

Topic: Gender Stereotyping and Relationships

  • Readings:
    • Brannon, Chapters 3 & 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

5

3, 4

Topic: Sexuality

  • Readings:
    • Brannon, Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions

6

1, 6

Topic: Stress, Coping, Cognitive Abilities, and Mental Disorders

  • Readings:
    • Brannon, Chapters 7, 14 & 15
    • Additional resources posted in Week 6 page in Blackboard
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete weekly assignments

7

1, 6

Topic: Gender and Emotion, Education and Schooling

  • Readings:
    • Brannon, Chapters 8 & 11
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete weekly assignments
  • Final Research Paper Due

8

6

Topic: Careers and Work, Reflections on Differences

  • Readings:
    • Brannon, Chapters 12 & 16
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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