Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective
is a late start online Psychology of Women course that begins on 9/5/2017. Students who fail to
log-on during the first three days of class will be dropped from the
roster. After that time, if
for any reason a student has to stop participating in this course, it
is his or her responsibility to formally drop the class with Admissions
and Records. Any student failing to formally drop the course under such
circumstances, will receive an F on his or her transcript.
Psychology of Women provides students with an understanding of the
gender development of women from a biopsychosocial perspective. Special
attention will be placed upon the influence of culture, class, and
ethnicity in the topics discussed. Online Format: 3 units.
Acceptable for credit: University of California; California State
University. This course also meets
the cultural diversity requirement
for the AA degree. Course Number: Psych 009. Section
Number: 70174. This class may be taken with a pass/ no pass option.
Students will be expected to read a minimum of 1
chapter per week from the primary textbook, to read from supplemental
reader(s) and posted lectures/ assignments, and to actively participate
in online discussion assignments (when applicable). The
supplemental reader(s), while brief in length, will need to be
completed when assigned, in addition to the text reading assignments.
With any 3 unit college course, students are expected to spend a
minimum of 2-3 hours of studying for every hour they spend in class.
Since this is an online course without in-class lectures to attend, it is particularly
courses in many ways are more challenging for the
student, as the
workload requires one to stay on task and self-motivated throughout the
That said, psychology is a fascinating field with a myriad of topics to
discuss and explore. In this course, we will discuss everything
from gender differences in communication and brain development to
selected topics, such as Native American myths re: women and
creation; society's influence on body image, sexuality, and sexual behavior; and
violence toward women. My course
offers interesting reading, several fascinating videos, lectures/
posted articles, and class discussions. This is a course that
will be fun and provide new insights for men and women alike!
student will be required to demonstrate an ability to analyze,
synthesize, and critically evaluate basic concepts in gender-role
development both in testing formats and practical applications. By the
completion of this course, one must be able to explain the
biopsychosocial determinates of behavior for women, and critically
analyze and evaluate research findings in selected topics regarding the
influence of culture, class, and ethnicity.
online office hours will be held online via Canvas on Wednesdays from 7:00-7:30
P.M. Appointments may also be scheduled on an
individual basis. Students needing to schedule
individualized appointments should call my
voicemail a minimum of 24 hours in advance, in
order to ensure I have received the request in
time. Students are encouraged to discuss any
difficulties or questions they may have regarding
the course content. Prior to the beginning of the
semester, students may also contact me via my
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. During the term, all email communication
will occur from within Canvas at: https://wvm.instructure.com/login/canvas
|West Valley College makes
reasonable accommodations for persons with
documented disabilities. College materials will
be available in alternate formats (Braille,
audio, electronic format, or large print) upon
request. Please contact the Disability and
Educational Support Program at (408) 741-2010
(voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance.
|Testing Format and
will be given eleven 30-point (multiple-choice) chapter quizzes based
upon the text reading assignments; the lowest chapter quiz will be
dropped at the end of the term. In addition, students will be given
four MANDATORY exams during the course, which
will cover both lecture material and reading assignments.
The first three mandatory exams (each on a Thursday evening from
7:00-8:30 P.M.) will consist of multiple choice,
fill-in and short answer, as well as essays; these exams will be taken ONLINE
at a set date/time. The final exam will be taken online on Thursday,
12/14/17 from 7:00-9:00 P.M.. The majority of your grade in the
course will be based upon your chapter exam and essay exam scores. A
small percentage (approximately 6%) of your grade will be based upon
your active, appropriate, and consistent participation in the course.
exams will be graded on a slight curve, which is very close to
a traditional percentage grading system. At the end of the semester,
student test and participation scores are totaled. This final point total is
used to formulate the overall grade out of the 850 total possible points.
|Students caught cheating
will receive an F for that exam or project. The
zero will be averaged into the student's final
grade. Additional repercussions from the college
may also occur under such circumstances.
|Required Text and
Hilary. (2006) A New
Psychology of Women: Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity (Third Edition or later).
Supplemental Reader (fast read):
Cameron, Anne. (1981) Daughters
of Copper Woman
Both required books are
available at the WVC bookstore. If you choose to order elsewhere, the
materials MUST be in your possession by the third day of class.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Outcome: Identify and describe behaviors in a simulated life context (DVDs) that clearly illustrate core concepts from the lexicon of Psychology of Women when taught from a multicultural perspective. These concepts include the following: collectivist culture, culture-gender interaction, gender roles, display rules, ethnic/cultural identity, gender role ideology, gender discrimination, gender stereotypes, and modern sexism.
Outcome: Explain the biosocial and cultural factors that influence women’s development throughout their life span by successfully answering questions in the following areas. a) Why a Global, Multicultural Psychology of Women? b) Female-Male Comparisons: The Meaning and Significance of Difference c) The Female Body and Its Meanings d) Growing Up Female: Expectations, Images and Identities e) Self-Confidence, Assertiveness, and Entitlements f) Women's Work g) Physical Health, Illness, and Healing h) Mental Health, Illness, and Therapy i) Myths and Scripts for Women Growing Older j) Sexualities k) Violence Against Women: A Worldwide Problem l) Leadership, Power, and Social Change
|***Please note: the
instructor reserves the right to change any
portion of this syllabus during the semester to
meet the needs of the class .