Psychology 391

PSYC 391: Psychology of Women

Prerequisites: PSYC 121

Credit Hours: (3)

Investigates changing roles of women, and the factors of education, intelligence, personality, physical characteristics and socialization that contribute to these roles.

Note(s): This course may be used to meet requirements for the minor in Women’s Studies.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Myths and stereotypes of femininity and masculinity
2. Theoretical perspectives on sex and gender
3. Researching sex and gender
4. Gender differences in social behavior and experience
5. Biology and environment
6. Perceptual and cognitive abilities: gender similarities and differences
7. Sexual lives and orientation
8. Hormones and reproduction
9. Mental and physical health
10. Childhood socialization toward femininity
11. Interpersonal relationships and power
12. Economic and political life
13. Issues in the workplace
14. Justice, equity, and social change


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Through lectures and group discussions and projects, students will discover current issues and research on the psychology of women and gender.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will develop a knowledge of the current research, theory, and issues in the psychology of women and gender.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of exercises, and projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2001 Updated and put in new format Alastair V. E. Harris