Psychology of Gender

Dr. Jill Brown

 

Spring 2012

2:00-3:15 T,TH

Classroom: G59 HLS

E-mail: jillbrown@creighton.edu

Office Hours: Monday 1-3

Course information can be found on Blueline: http://blueline.creighton.edu

TA: Ryan Hafner

Office Hours: Friday 1:30-3 pm….

 

Required Text:

Psychology of Gender

Fourth Edition, Vicki Helgeson

Additional Readings on Blueline

 

COURSE FORMAT

An essential component of this course is active class participation. My hope is that the students themselves will help shape the content and direction of the class. To this end, it is very important that you complete the assigned weekly readings before class. Class attendance will also be important, because a portion of your grade will come from class participation. Obviously, if you don’t attend class, participation will be difficult. Each class will explore a different broad theme related to gender. I will spend the first part of each class presenting a brief lecture on relevant theory and research on the day’s topic. Then, in the second part, we will discuss the readings – their strengths and weaknesses, persuasiveness, implications, and so on. My hope is that class discussions will be loose, open, and lively. We should all feel free to stray from the specific material to discuss broader related issues. The class will be much more successful, engaging, and fun to the extent that students take an active role in guiding the discussions. This means coming to class prepared (e.g., reading the assigned articles, jotting down discussion questions and topics). It also means you are strongly encouraged to contribute your opinions, comments, questions, and personal experiences. We will be covering some fairly sensitive and controversial topics at times. Please come to class with an open mind and a sensitive voice. However, let’s not be so politically correct that we never engage in a vigorous discussion about the issues at hand.

By the end of the semester,

  1. students should be familiar with the study of sex and gender.
  2. the class will have examined current theory, research (basic and applied), and controversial issues related to gender in a manner that requires critical thinking.
  3. students will understand the ways in which gender identity and expression are shaped by the individual’s social context.
  4. students will understand how biology shapes gender identity and interacts with the environment to influence gender roles.
  5. students will have thought about how sex and gender may influence a person’s life choices.
  6. students will be able to identify compelling policy issues related to sex and gender, and their practical and ethical ramifications.

 

Exams: The class will have 3 quizzes worth 100 points each.

 

Paper/Presentation/Project:  100

Participation (includes leading discussions): 100

Quizzes: 300

 

A         =          90-100%         

B+        =          88-89.9%

B          =          80-86.9%

C+        =          78-79.9%

C          =          70-76.9%

D         =          60-69.9%        

F          =          less than 60%

 

Please note that grades will not be rounded up. However, if a student shows dedication and drive to his/her understanding of the course material, he/she may receive a bump if he/she is on the border between two grades. A student can show dedication and drive by attending all classes, participating in classes, and by coming in for office hours periodically.

 

Paper/Presentation/Project:

You have a choice of how to complete 100 points of the 500 total points in the course. (1) You may choose to write a 10 page traditional paper on a topic of your choice. The paper should have a central thesis and draw from theory or research covered in class. For example, you may want to write a paper on the hook up culture on college campuses, or on the psychological implications of reassignment surgery. (2) You may also choose to give a 15 minute class presentation on a topic similar to a paper topic. In the place of a formal paper you will turn in your presentation slides and references. In addition to content you will be graded on your oral presentation skills. In the past students have done videos or a photostory also. You are free to create and pull the person into the academic here. Click here for an example of a presentation

 

Thursday discussions:

Every Thursday I would like you to bring a contribution from the outside world for discussion in the class. You should prepare a page in which you critique how the (newspaper article, song, interaction at the bar) fits into class. Make this a critique using real experiences but thinking critically about them.

 

 

Class Cancellation Policy

 

   If for some reason a class must be cancelled, an announcement of this cancellation will be made to you as soon as possible via Blackboard, via an email message to your official @creighton.edu email address. You may also call the weather line.  

 

Academic Honesty Policy

 

   I expect you to avoid dishonest academic behavior.  I expect each student to complete his or her own work.  You may work together to prepare for exams and to assist each other on assignments, but you are NOT allowed to copy someone else’s work.  Any exam, quiz, or assignment should be the work of the student receiving credit for it.  It is considered cheating to allow someone else to copy from your work and to give information to someone who will take an exam at a later date. Violations of the University’s policy on Academic Honesty include but are not limited to:

 

§  Unauthorized collaboration or use of external information during examinations;

§  Plagiarizing or representing another's ideas as one's own;

§  Falsely obtaining, distributing, using, or receiving test materials;

§  Engaging in any conduct which is intended or reasonably likely to confer upon one’s self or another an unfair advantage or unfair benefit respecting an academic matter" 

 

If you are unsure what constitutes cheating, or if you have any questions about the University’s academic honesty policy, please consult the following website:

http://puffin.creighton.edu/ccas/policies/acadhonesty.html

Any student caught cheating will at minimum receive a zero for that assignment, but more likely will be flunked for the entire course.  Any act of cheating could also result in further action by the college.

Schedule of Readings and Activities

Dates

Topic

Reading

Activities

1-12

Introduction

 

Bathroom behavior

1-17

Introduction, con’t

Chapter 1

 

1-19

History of Research

 

Betty Friedan

1-24

Gender role

Chapter  3

Let’s break a gender role

1-26

Observations

Chapter 4

 

1-31

Hormones/Chrom

/Hormones/Chro

Me, My Sex, I

2-2

Hormones

Hormones

 

2-7

 

 

QUIZ 1

2-9

Brain

Brain

 

2-14

Psychoanalytic/Social

Chapter 5

James Sorrell MD

2-16

Theory

Chapter 5

 

2-21

Re-assignment

His websit

Ryan Sallans

2-23

No class

 

 

2-28

Achievement

Chapter 6

 

3-1

Achievement

 

 

 

Spring Break

 

 

3-13

Communication

Chapter 7

 

3-15

Relationships

Chapter 8

Fire

3-20

Friends

Male Friendships

 

3-22

Attachment/Bonding

A mind of her own

 

3-27

Love

Chapter 9

 

QUIZ 2

3-29

Sexuality

Love’s Loopy Logic

 

4-3

Marriage

 Sexuality

Tribal Wives

4-5

Easter Break

 

 

4-10

Health

Chapter 10

HIV and masculinity

4-12

Health

 

SA cheaters

4-17

Mental Health

Chapter 13

 

4-19

Mental Health

 

 

4-24

Cultural Extremes

 

 

4-26

Cultural Extremes

 

Masai manhood

 

 

 

 

 

Class presentations/debate

 

 

Thursday, May 3

Final Exam

8-9:40 am

Final Exam