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PSY512 : Gender Issues in Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course has a multi-disciplinary approach. It borrows and benefit from the knowledge and research evidence available in psychology as well as other disciplines. The primary focus of the course is gender issues. However psychology of women will be touched upon more than issues specific to the psychology of men alone. It gives an understanding of the difference between gender and sex and a new approach to understanding human behavior and mental processes. It is added with flavor of the scope and content of study in other popular disciplines of the day, like gender studies or women studies. We will also discuss gender relations in the society that will help you to have an awareness of abilities, capacities, psychological make up and problems of women and research methods employed to study these. Another important point is to familiarize students with the social and political background of gender differences and the gender issues.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand and use gender- related vocabulary commonly used nowadays
  • Explain the difference between gender and sex.
  • Describe and explain human behavior and mental processes from the gender perspective.
  • Discuss gender differences and similarities in terms of abilities, capacities, psychological make up and problems with special emphasis on women’s issues.
  • Apply new approach to understanding human behavior and mental processes.
  • Design and conduct small research projects on the impact of socio-cultural and psychological factors on the gender roles and the status of gender in a given society.
  • Compose and understand; how to practice gender relations in the society.

Course Calendar

Feminist Movement2Handouts4-6
Historical Background3Handouts7-9
Gender Related Research4Handouts10-15
Research Methods For Gender Issues5,6Handouts16-23
Biological Differences Between Genders7,8Handouts24-29
Theories Of Gender Development9,10Handouts30-35
Quiz 01 (after lecture 9)
Theories Of Gender Development11,12Handouts36-41
Assignment 01 (after lecture 12)
Other Approaches13Handouts42
Gender Typing And Stereotyping14Handouts41-46
Gender Stereotypes15Handouts47-49
Developmental Stages Of Gender Stereotypes16Handouts50-53
Cultural Influence And Gender Roles17Handouts54-55
Development Of Gender Role Identification18Handouts56-58
Quiz 02
Gender Differences In Personality19,20Handouts59-62
Cognitive Differences21Handouts63-64
Gender And Media22Handouts65-67
Mid Term Exams
Gender: Emotion And Motivation23,24Handouts68-71
Gender And Education25Handouts72-73
Quiz 03
Gender, Work And Women Empowerment26,27Handouts74-77
Assignment 02
Gender, Work And Related Issues28Handouts78-80
Gender And Violence29Handouts81-83
Gender And Health30Handouts84-85
Gender, Health And Aging31,32,33Handouts86-90
Graded discussion board (after lecture 32)
Gender And Health Promoting Behaviors34Handouts91-93
Gender And Health Promoting Behaviors35Handouts94-96
Gender And Heart Disease36Handouts97-101
Quiz 04
Gender And Cancer37Handouts102-104
Gender And HIV/Aids38Handouts105-107
Quiz No. 05
Problems Associated With Females Reproductive Health39Handouts108-111
Obesity And Weight Control40Handouts112-114
Gender And Psychopathology41,42Handouts115-120
Gender And Psychopathology43Handouts121-123
Feminist Therapy44Handouts124-126
New Avenues For Research In Gender Issues45Handouts127-129
Fianl Term Exams
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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