PSY 230 - Psychology of Women
Introduction to the scientific study of female behavior. Exposure to and evaluation of psychological theories used to explain the female experience. Major women theorists in the field of psychology, their perspectives and contributions.
Prerequisite: PSY 110 General Psychology
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Appreciate the historical underpinnings to the scientific study of women's experience.
2. Understand the historical placement and depiction of women in the discipline of psychology.
3. Understand the theory of social constructionism and its value in the process of understanding women's experience.
4. Understand theories of women's experience as studied by female psychologists, past and present.
5. Explain the biological and psychological basis of female sexuality and gender identity formation.
6. Understand psychological explanations of atypical behavior in women.
7. Develop a cultural perspective for evaluating psychological theories and information that attempts to explain female behavior.
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