The Psychology of Women
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3841
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Over the past 25 years, feminists have transformed the field of psychology. Feminist psychologists have challenged how we study, what we study, and what we know about women's lives. This course provides an overview of the growing field of the psychology of women, from the early feminist psychologists who challenged notions of women's intellectual and emotional inferiority through their rigorous scientific research, to contemporary feminist psychologists who contend that the scientific enterprise is itself tainted by androcentric bias. We explore key areas of psychological research on women's lives, such as theories of girls' and women's psychological development, the regulation and management of the female body across the lifespan and across cultures, sexuality and reproduction, mental and physical health, women and work, and violence in women's lives. Within each of these areas, we examine how race, class, and sexuality intersect with gender in shaping women's lived experiences.