|Michelle D. Reed
Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective
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
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
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!
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 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: email@example.com. Once the semester
begins, all email communication will occur from within Angel.
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
|Testing Format and Policy:
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.
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.
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.
Texts and Materials:
Hilary. (2006) A New
Psychology of Women: Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity (Third Edition).
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.
note: the instructor reserves the right to change any portion of this
syllabus during the semester to meet the needs of the class..