Psychology of Gender
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3841
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Psychology
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Social Sciences
Drawing from feminist, disability, critical race and queer theories (from within and outside of psychology), students will explore the rich and varied experiences of gender as well as grapple with notions of what is "appropriate" gender expression. Students will be asked to consider how psychology plays a role in conceptualizing "normal" and "abnormal" presentations of gender, in both political and public mental health realms. Attention will be be given to the possible effects on individual experiences of the body, behavior and social perception. Students will be encouraged to critically examine the intersections of powerful social constructions such as (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, ability, body size, reproductivity, age, sex, sexuality and socioeconomic status. Specific class aims include 1) asking if/how psychology regulates and manages the gendered body and 2) expanding and destabilizing how gender (and the gendered body) is traditionally discussed in psychology, specifically, and academia, generally. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor. ?
Course Open to: Degree Students