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PSY 481/581: Psychology of Women and Gender

Course Description: This course explores contemporary theories, findings, and social issues regarding the psychology of women and gender. Emphasis is placed on understanding how gender role socialization influences women's beliefs and behaviors across the lifespan including issues of work and motherhood, mental and physical health, and violence against women. The course is guided by a feminist analysis that recognizes the intersection of gender, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation. A major goal of the class is that students think critically about issues surrounding gender at the individual and societal levels (including media representations of women and public policy). Learning will take place using readings, lecture, discussion, media analysis, guest speakers, and service learning community placements.

 

Marshall graduate student of psychology Taylor Saunders coordinated the Children's Self-Portrait Display as a final project for her Fall 2008 Psychology of Women and Gender course at Marshall University. The display, featuring paintings by the children of Ebenezer Community Outreach Center, may be viewed in the third-floor atrium of Marshall University's Drinko Library in Huntington.
 

 

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