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San José State University Psychology 107, Psychology of Women, Fall 2009 Instructor: Elena Klaw Office Location: DMH 324 Telephone: (408) 924-5623 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: T/Th 10-11:30 Class Days/Time: T/Th 12-1:15 Classroom: CL 225 Course Web Site: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/elena.klaw/courses/psyc107 TA: Britany Alarid Email: [email protected] Course Description: This course will explore the role of gender ideologies and gender based practices on women’s development across the life course. By integrating academic knowledge with personal reflections and community engaged projects, students will develop insight into gender role development within cultural context and will critically examine relevant research in the field of psychology. Goals and Learning Objectives of the Course: 1. Students will understand the social construction of gender and gender based roles. 2. Students will understand gender roles in the context of race, culture, class, and other socially situated power arrangements. 3. Students will understand the effects of gender ideology and institutionalized gender roles on female and male psychological functioning, physical health, sexuality, interpersonal relationships, and achievement. 4. Students will use feminist psychological principles to examine and critique research methodologies in the field of psychology. 5. Students will develop critical thinking skills and skills in problem identification. 6. Student will develop the skills to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 7. Students will build skills in teamwork and collaboration. Created on 8/25/2009 17:59:00 a8/p8 1
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8. Students will build civic engagement and university engagement by using the tools of feminist psychology to address campus/community needs. Required Readings: 1. Textbook: Crawford, M. & Unger, R. (2004). Women and gender: A feminist psychology. McGraw Hill. 2. Anthology: Disch, E (Ed.) (2009). Reconstructing gender: A multicultural anthology. NY: McGraw Hill. Classroom Protocol: You are expected to come on time and to participate actively and attentively in this course. All cell phones must remain on silent during course time. Surfing the web, listening to music and engaging in text messaging during class time are all prohibited. If you are unable to refrain from engaging in disruptive behaviors during class time, you will be asked to leave the class. As part of this course, we will be discussing issues that are very controversial. You will be presented with a variety of thoughts about these topics and it is up to you to decide where you stand on the various issues. There is no single ideology that you must believe in, however, we do require that you support your idea with text and experience (e.g., gender and community project). First and foremost, mutual respect is essential to the success of the class. During class discussion, we will examine whatever ideas are brought up, analyze them, and determine for ourselves what parts are valid and what parts are not valid based on different criteria such as empirical research literature, and personal values.
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