Fall 2024: European, African, and Asian Adventure

PSY 437 Psychology of Gender [CRN 76754]

Overview of Course

Welcome to Psychology of Gender, an engaging and thought-provoking course that explores the intersection of psychology and gender within diverse cultural contexts around the world. In this course, we will delve into the multifaceted nature of gender identity, expression, and roles within diverse cultural contexts. Through a combination of theoretical frameworks, empirical research, case studies, and experiential learning, students will develop a nuanced understanding of how culture shapes and influences the psychology of gender. We will critically examine topics such as cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity, gender socialization practices, the impact of globalization on gender norms, and the intersectionality of gender with other identities such as race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Additionally, we will explore how historical, political, economic, and religious factors contribute to variations in gender ideologies and behaviors across different societies. Through interactive discussions, field observations, guest lectures, and immersive experiences during our time at sea, students will have the opportunity to engage directly with diverse communities and gain insights into the lived experiences of individuals navigating gender within their cultural contexts. Emphasizing a culturally sensitive and inclusive approach, this course aims to foster critical thinking, empathy, and intercultural competence in understanding and addressing gender-related issues on a global scale.