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PSY 109 - Psychology of Women

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course surveys psychological assumptions in the shaping of the female personality across societal and cultural groups. Experimental research is examined. Emphasized are attitude, aptitude, self-concept formation, gender role-learning and the physiological and psychopathological bases of personality. Examination of the interaction of institutional, philanthropic, social economic, educational, political, legal and religious effects on attitudes, pathology and behavior is included.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define the theoretical and research approaches dealing with the psychological assumptions about female personality.
  2. Analyze physiological and social/cultural effects on female personality.
  3. Compare and contrast the societal pressures on female opportunities in various cultures.
  4. Discuss ethical principles of research.
  5. Explain several cultural rules for both genders and evaluate the outcome.
  6. Analyze the etiology, classification and treatment of psychpathology in women.
Listed Topics
  1. Theoretical perspectives, research methods and ethical principles of research
  2. Gender stereotypes and gender differences
  3. Gender and language
  4. Development across the life span
  5. Abilities, achievements and motivation
  6. Women and work
  7. Minority women/women in many cultures
  8. Biological influences on women’s behavior
  9. Women’s physical and mental health issues
  10. Female sexuality
  11. Victimization of women
  12. Women’s political issues/options
  13. Women in the health, mental health and criminal justice systems
Reference Materials
Currently recognized texts, videos, handouts, internet resources and library resources.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
Last Reviewed: 3/12/2020

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