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The Psychology of Gender and the Gendering of Psychology
PSYC 290
Fall 2006
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 290, FGSS 290

This discussion course will examine the historical relations between the sciences of mind and gender. As disciplines, the mind sciences have made gender an object of scientific study. This process involved the creation of tools for measurement as well as the reification of mental traits as having a gendered character. However, the process of building a disciplinary practice and establishing gender as an object of scientific study was not a value-free process. Whether relying on implicit assumptions or more overtly on feminist theory, psychologists have historically used their own social cultural politics as a tool for fashioning their science of gender. This course focuses on how these two kinds of connection between gender and psychology (gender as studied by psychology and gender as inspiration for psychology) have historically developed and related to each other. The goal of this course is to develop a collection of methodological tools for critiquing psychological knowledge and the historical background necessary for examining how ideas of gender and knowledge in the psychological disciplines have developed together.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PSYC
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)(PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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