Psychology and Gender

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology and Gender

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Completion of 12 credits of psychology courses including one of PYB012, PYB101, PYB102 or PYB100 or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit asks 'What is gender?'. It includes theories of gender; male and female; masculine and feminine; roles versus power; counselling issues; old and new paradigms; history of psychology of gender; sexuality; mothers and fathers; psychology constructs the female; psychology in patriarchal discourse; family therapy theory and feminist critiques; psychological constructs and the media; film and media; psychology of gender and power.
    Learning Outcomes
    1. To familiarise you with the various approaches to gender taken by psychology and other disciplines.
    2. To assist you to think critically about gender and to establish a basis for understanding the role gender plays in structuring the human life span and human interactions.
    3. To expose you to research in psychology which involves gender as a variable.
    4. To expose you to a gendered/ feminist critique of psychological methodology and research and to introduce methods of researching and counselling deemed to be friendly to women (and children and men).
    5. To help you develop critical thinking skills and evaluate issues, theories and research where gender is (or should have been) an important variable.
    6. To broaden your understanding of your own gender development, and the importance of gender in all of our lives.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The unit is conducted with the lecture periods used as extended workshops and will proceed via short lectures with powerpoint assistance, occasional guest lectures, readings, video presentations, and group discussions and exercises, varying the pace of the material across the three hours of lecture time.

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