Biology & Gender Roles

Biology & Gender Roles - cultural variation Code...

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FSHD 447A 2/10/09
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To examine the biological preparation  (evolutionary) and gender role “training” (social  learning) perspectives on the origins of gender  role differences. To understand how biological and learning  perspectives can be integrated in explaining  gender role differences. To explore culture and gender role expectations  through an analysis of magazine advertising.
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An Evolutionary Perspective Sex-differentiated parental investment and  reproductive pressures Evolution of sex-differentiated dispositions  and behaviors   Emphasis on cultural universals
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A Social Learning Perspective Gender roles are  learned  through       Children are sensitive to gender cues and  use them to guide their behavior. Emphasis on culture-specific patterns and 
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Unformatted text preview: cultural variation Code advertisements from womens and mens magazines. Interpret results with respect to cultural expectations for men and women. Compare results to cross-cultural evidence (Williams & Best, 1990) on gender stereotypes. Relate findings to gender role training and biological preparation views of gender differences. Historically, gender roles have been closely tied to biological roles of women and men in childbearing and childrearing. Children observe and acquire these roles they participate in gendered cultural practices of their communities. Gender role practices change over generations while maintaining links to the species distant past....
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2009 for the course FSHD 447 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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