West Valley College_____
Department of Psychology___
Michelle D. Reed
(408) 741-4029_

Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective (Online)

Spring 2010

General Information:
This is an online Psychology of Women course. Students who fail to log-on during the first day 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.
 
Course Description:
The 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.
 
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 accelerated. Online courses in many ways are more challenging for the student, as the workload requires one to stay on task and self-motivated throughout the semester.

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 and sexuality, 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!
 
Course Objectives:
The 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.
 
Office Hours:
Regular office hours will be held online via Angel on Wednesdays from 7:00-7:30 P.M. Appointments may also be scheduled on an individual basis on campus in Social Sciences office 1c. Students needing to schedule individualized appointments should email me from within Angel a minumum for 24 hours prior to the desired appointment time, in order ensure I have recieved the request in time to respond. Prior to the beginning of the term, students may email me at: michelle_reed@westvalley.edu. Once the semester begins, all email communication will occur from within Angel.
 
Disability Statement:
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 Policy:
Students will be given weekly 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, 5/27/10 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.
 
Grading Policy:
Student 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 paper scores are totaled. This final point total is used to formulate the overall grade out of the total possible points.
 
Cheating Policy:
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 Texts and Materials:
Lips, Hilary. (2006) A New Psychology of Women: Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity (Third Edition). ISBN: 0-07-299785-0  

Supplemental Readers:
Cameron, Anne. (1981) Daughters of Copper Woman
Hornbacher, Marya.  (1998) Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

All three required books are available at the WVC bookstore. If you choose to order elsewhere, the materials MUST be in your possession by the first week of class.

***Please note: the instructor reserves the right to change any portion of this syllabus during the semester to meet the needs of the class..
Last Updated 12/17/09