Psychology of Women

Fall 2000

Dr. Sandra K. Webster

Brief Description:  A course designed to provide information about a group that has often been overlooked in psychological theory and research.  The uniqueness of the female experience will be viewed from a lifespan perspective.

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Course Outline
Date Topic
September 6 Course Introduction
September 20 Images of Women and Men
September 27  Gender Differences
October 4
October 11 Exam 1 & Biological Bases of Sex
October 18 Becoming Gendered:  Childhood
October 25 Becoming a Woman: Puberty and Adolescence 
November 1 Sex, Love and Romance
November 8 Commitments: Long Term Relationships
November 15 Exam 2 & Mothering
November 22 Work and Achievement
November 29 Midlife and Beyond 
December 6 Violence Against Women
December 13 Mental and Physical Health
Final Period Exam 3

Course Mastery Evaluation:
Course mastery will be determined through assessment of course requirements:
There will be thee exams throughout the term.  Each will be equally weighted and cover four chapters of the text book.  Exams will be composed of multiple choice (3/4) and essay (1/4) items.
Term Project
Students will engage in a team term project that will be presented through a formal written paper (APA style) or a formal presentation (in English) with a written annotated bibliography.
Each exam and the term project will be worth 25% of the grade.

Class Attendance: All class members are expected to attend class, participate actively in discussion and participate on team course work.

Academic Integrity:  Plagiarism is using another personís words or ideas without giving credit to that person by citing his or her work.  The penalty for plagiarism on written work is an automatic zero grade for the assignment.

Class Courtesy:  Please do not disrupt class by receiving telephone calls in class or by leaving class early.  If you must be late for class, please enter quietly.

Class Web Site:

The class web site is a resource for information about assignments, class notes and class discussion using electronic bulletin boards. Students may earn extra credit points on exams through participation in the Bulletin Board Discussions.  Students may also participate anonymously in  class Bulletin Board Discussion with no extra credit.