Social Psychology of Gender
NEW! Last Updated: 02/04/2010
Major areas of study include Social Psychology, Gender Studies
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
How does gender--as a major category of "difference" along with race, class, sexuality, and age--affect the way we think, feel, and behave? In Social Psychology of Gender, we will examine the myriad ways that gender shapes our social selves and our social interactions. We will consider questions such as: What is the relationship between biological sex and gender? What theoretical approaches have social psychologists taken to understand how gender operates in everyday life? What is the relationship between gender and hierarchical structures of power in society? What are the social and psychological effects when individuals transgress or challenge gender norms? In the process of answering these questions, we will explore the following topics: gendered social roles, gender stereotypes, power and discrimination (sexism, heterosexism), gender as social performance, gendered personalities, gendered bodies, sexuality and intimacy, gender conformity/nonconformity, and the relationship between gender and mental health.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work, Sociology, Gender Studies
|February 4th, 2010||New program added|