Course Title: Psychology of Gender

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychology of Gender

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1441

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1441

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BESC1444

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Mervyn Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

Course Coordinator Email: merv.jackson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.08


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC 1122/1123/1121/1380 Principles of Psychology,
  • BESC 1125/1126/1124/1381 Foundations of Psychology

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

The division of humans into females and males has overshadowed most other divisions of individual differences. This course is designed to introduce you to psychological theories and research regarding the differences and similarities between women and men and the effects of gender in social situations. This course should assist you to recognize the influence of gender on human experiences and relationships, and that assumptions about gender have real-world consequences. You will learn to understand the complexity and diversity of gendered experiences in the social settings of their own and other cultures. You will examine the ways in which the male - female distinction has been assigned meanings and a significance that have specific implications for almost all aspects of social life, and especially for work, family life, ritual, and leisure. Issues of ’femininity’ and ’masculinity’ go far beyond individual identity and self-concept. To appreciate the personal and political dimensions of gender, you will examine what we know and do not know about the similarities and differences between women and men, the sources of that knowledge, theories or explanations to account for those differences (including the so-called, nature-nurture debate), and the way the knowledge might itself be limited by cultural perceptions of femininity and masculinity.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

 

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO 6: develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Summarise, critique, and apply psychological theories that attempt to explain gender differences
  2. Critically appraise psychological research on gender-related topics
  3. Appreciate the diversity within gender and between the genders
  4. Articulate cultural and historical differences regarding accepted gender roles
  5. understand the biological and learned differences that affect thinking, relating, developing, and in general, the functioning of the genders.
  6. Identify how gender influences social interactions in everyday life and how the changing roles of men and women impact on a complex society


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered in an adult-learning model, as a series of 6 three-hour seminars on key topics in the first half of the semester. You will contribute to these seminars by completing preparatory reading, engaging in discussion and critical reflection, and participating in activities. In the second half of the semester you will undertake a series of structured activities to support your work on the independent project.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements.
These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Selected material may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment tasks

 

Early Assessment Task: Gender exercise

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3. 

Assessment Task 2: Project  

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2,4, & 5.  

 

Assessment Task 3: Exam  

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6.

For further information on grading go to : http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/grading/highered