SRJC Course Outlines

5/18/2024 11:55:45 AMPSYC 40 Course Outline as of Fall 2025

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYC 40Title:  INTRO TO PSYCH OF GENDER  
Full Title:  Introduction to Psychology of Gender
Last Reviewed:10/9/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PSYCH 40

Catalog Description:
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Students will explore psychological research and theories on gender. This course includes an intersectional critique of biological, psychological, and sociocultural ideas of gender and an exploration of gender continuums from cisgender to transgender. Topics will be explored from multiple perspectives including stereotypes, relationships, violence, sexuality, work, academics, and experiences of and responses to gender oppression.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will explore psychological research and theories on gender. This course includes an intersectional critique of biological, psychological, and sociocultural ideas of gender and an exploration of gender continuums from cisgender to transgender. Topics will be explored from multiple perspectives including stereotypes, relationships, violence, sexuality, work, academics, and experiences of and responses to gender oppression.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 1981
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
 4IPsychology  
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: SOCI 140 Introduction to Gender SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PSYC40 OR SOC15

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Critically evaluate the research on and theories of gender and sex differences in related socio-cultural contexts.
2. Articulate how sociocultural intersections associated with gender impact self-perception, interpersonal relationship, and mental health.
3. Describe gender-oppressive systems and their resulting psychological impacts, and methods of response.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define sex, gender, and sexual orientation.
2. Critically evaluate the history of psychological research and theories on gender.
3. Understand the current research on physiological and psychological sex differences and its limitations.
4. Contrast heteronormative assumptions and stereotypes with broader expressions of gender.
5. Describe the process of gender development and influential factors in gender socialization.
6. Compare the intersection of gender identities with race, social class, and age.
7. Analyze gender differences in social roles and interpersonal relationships.
8. Critically situate mental health diagnosis and treatment of gender in its social-cultural-political context.
9. Identify forms of gender oppression, its physical and psychological consequences, as well as strategies for coping, resistance, resilience, and allyship.

Topics and Scope
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I. Researching Sex and Gender
     A. Defining sex, gender, sexual orientation and limitations of definitions
    B. Problems in focusing on differences vs. focusing on similarities
    C. Discrimination in research
II. History of the Study of Sex Differences in Psychology
     A. Methods of analysis
    B. Origin of the theory of sex differences
    C. Physiological
    D. Psychological
    E. Underlying assumptions and biases
         1. Patriarchal social influences
         2. White supremacy
III. Investigation of Sex Differences
    A. Physiological
         1. Genes
         2. Hormones
         3. Brain structure
         4. Primary sexual characteristics
         5. Secondary sexual characteristics
         6. Intersex
    B. Psychological
         1. Intellectual/cognitive
         2. Emotional differences
         3. Behavioral
    C. Limitation of sex difference research
IV. Beyond the Gender/Sex Binary
    A. Challenging heteronormative assumptions
    B. Transgender
    C. Sexual diversity
V. Gender Development and Socialization
    A. Theories of gender development
    B. Sources of gender socialization
VI. Intersectional Identities
    A. Race and gender
    B. Social class and gender
    C. Age and gender
VII. Social Roles and Interpersonal Relationships
    A. Interpretation of femininity, masculinity, and androgyny
    B. Self-concept and mental health
    C. Friendships
    D. Romantic relationships
    E. Parenting
    F. Power and leadership
    G. Changes with age
    H. Work
    I. Criminal justice systems
VIII. Gender and Mental Health
    A. Gender and mental health diagnoses
    B. Feminist therapy
    C. Gender identity therapy
IX. Oppression and its Psychological Impacts
    A. Forms of gender oppression
    B. Gender-based violence
    C. Physical health impacts
    D. Psychological impacts
    E. Psychological responses to oppression
    F. Coping, resistance, and resilience
    G. Oppression within activist groups
    H. White feminism, white fragility
    I.  Allyship

Assignments:
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1. Weekly reading (approximately 35 pages)
2. Writing assignment(s) (for a total minimum of 1,250 words) such as:
    A. Self-reflection
    B. Literature reviews
    C. Experiential response
    D. Project
3. Quizzes and exams (2 minimum)
4. Other assignments, such as:
    A. Presentation
     B. Group project

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Writing assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Quizzes and exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Other assignments; attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. 1st ed. Fine, Cordelia. W. W. Norton & Company. 2011 (classic).
Psychology of Gender. 6th ed. Helgeson, Vicki. Routledge. 2020.
Psychology of Women & Gender. 1st ed. Liss, Miriam, Rickmond, Kate, and Erchull, Mindy. W. W. Norton & Company. 2019.
The Psychology of Sex and Gender. 2nd ed. Bosson, Jennifer, Buckner, Camille, and Vandello, Joseph. Sage Press. 2021.
Additional websites and books/articles as needed and available in Library Reserve.

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