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University of Rhode Island — Psychology
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PSY 480 - Psychology of Women
Course Information

Professor: Margaret Rogers, Ph.D.
Semester: Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Psy 113 and at least one 200-level psychology course.

Catalog Description: Discussion of psychological research and theories on the psychology of girls and women from a multicultural perspective. Topics include personality theories, gender similarities and differences, biological aspects of sex and gender, cultural images of women, sexuality, relationships, motherhood, work and achievement, physical and mental health.

Course Goals & Outcomes

This course examines the construction of gender for girls and women in the U.S. by examining biological, historical, multicultural, and sociopolitical factors.

By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze how American culture constructs gender
  • Identify gender as an important dimension in womenís and menís lives
  • Identify gender-based bias in theory, research, and institutional practices using a social justice approach
  • Examine how gender-based stereotyping influences decision making and behavior and constrict opportunities, resources and expectations.
  • Discuss the intersection of gender and social class through an applied experience
  • Become area of own gender-based stereotypes and the ways they influence your thinking and actions.
Course Syllabus

Students will participate and engage in class discussions and take part in a variety of structured activities and group work. Mastery of the material will be evaluated by course exams, class assignments and participation in group project and presentation.

Class Topics:

  • Historical Precedents for Women
  • Diversity among Women
  • Biology of Sex and Gender
  • Theoretical perspectives about Girls and Women
  • Gender Identity
  • Biological Essentialism and Female Ability and Achievement
  • The Influence of Work and Career
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Reproduction and Motherhood
  • Violence against Women
  • Women and Socioeconomic Class
About The Professor

Dr. Rogers is a School Psychology Professor. Her research focuses on multicultural training in psychology, cross-cultural competencies of school psychologists, school-based consultation, professional practices of school psychologists.

Reasons To Take This Course

PSY 480 meets the Psychology major requirement for a topics course. Psychology majors are required to take 3 topics courses. Students will learn the importance of gender in American culture. In addition, students will become aware of their own prejudices and gender-based stereotypes.

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