Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Gender and Psychology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Gender and Sexualities

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will serve as an introduction to psychology as a discipline, and core theorists and theories. At the same time, it will view those theories through a gender lens and present an understanding of the meaning of gender and gender issues as understood in this discipline.

Learning Objectives:

This study-unit is intended to equip students with:
- an understanding of Psychology as a discipline;
- a familiarity with core theorists and their place in the development and growth of the discipline,
- an understanding of the key theorists and their theories;
- a focus on how these theorists positioned ‘gender’ in their theorising and to apply those theories in order to understand aspects of human living, thinking and feeling in relation to gender issues;
- exploring gender differences, stereotypes and attitudes in relation to the social and cultural spaces that we occupy.

Themes covered:

Introduction to Psychology:

- The main approaches/schools to psychology;
- Genetics and psychology - the nature/nurture issue.

Gender and Psychology:

- Sex roles and gender Identity at personal, social and institutional level;
- Perception, consciousness and intelligence – are males and females different;
- Societal, personal and cultural myths about gender;
- Male and female sexual stereotypes and myths;
- Occupational Psychology – gender in the workplace (one session).

Reading List:

Basic Texts:

- Nolen-Hoeksema, S. et al 2014, Atkinson & Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology, Cengage, UK.
- Brannon, L. 2007, Gender Psychological perspectives Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
- Magnusson E & Maracec J, 2012 Gender and Culture in Psychology: Theories and Practices Cambridge University Press.

Background Reading:

- Eagly, Alice Hendrickson, Beall, Anne E., Sternberg, Robert J., [2004] The Psychology of Gender Guilford Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Presentation

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary SEM2 Yes 15%
Presentation SEM2 Yes 20%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 65%

LECTURER/S Brenda Murphy
Zuzana Vasiliauskaite

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