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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY3061 Module Title: PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PSY3061
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MILLWARD PURVIS LJ Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Runs once in semester two.
Assessment Pattern
1) 2000-word course work essay (25%)
2) 90 minute exam (75%)
Module Overview
All core level one and level two Psychology/APS modules are pre-requisites.
Module Aims
This course will critically examine how particular ideologies of gender (e.g., androcentrism) work out in diverse ‘real world’ sites (health, educational,
organizational etc) including the real world of psychological science. Scientific, epistemological, ethical, political, cultural, developmental, historical and practical issues will be addressed as part of this critical
examination. The module will explore diverse theoretical models and methodological approaches to gender in research, and will also use literary sources. Note that this module is about being and doing gender – it is not
about feminism.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate:-
*Informed examination of particular ideologies of gender using historical, political, literary, cultural, scientific, ethical and practical lenses.
*Critical understanding of how science and research practice on, or in relation to gender can reify and perpetuate particular ideologies of gender.
*Informed understanding of how gender has been conceptualized with reference to a wide range of theoretical approaches and models from across subdisciplines in psychology.
*Ability to critically evaluate the gendered nature of being and doing across a range of different life contexts
Module Content
Ideologies of Gender, Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Issues, Gender and Science, Evolutionary Perspective, Issues in Psychological Research on Gender, Transcending 'transgender' (non-assigned and/or nonbinary genders), gendered nature of being and doing across different real life contexts.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Combination of lectures, seminars, classroom exercises and presentations.
Selected Texts/Journals
Key reading will be provided on ULEARN.

Alvesson, M., & Billing, Y. (2009). Understanding gender and organizations. Sage: London.
Ansara, Y. G. (2010). Beyond Cisgenderism: counselling people with non-assigned gender identities. In L. Moon (Ed.), Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity, pp. 167-200. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Brantenberg, G. (1985). The daughters of Egalia. Journeyman Press limited, London *
Davies, S. G. (2007). Challenging Gender Norms: Five Genders among the Bugis in Indonesia. Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Farrell, W. & Sterba, J. (2008) Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men, New York: Oxford University Press.
Prentice, D., & Miller, D. (2007). Psychological essentialism of human categories. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16(4), 202-206.

* Essential pre-reading in preparation for first seminar.
Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Culture and Psychology, Gender and Society, Men and Masculinity, Psychology of Women Quarterly.
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