Maricopa Community Colleges  PSY235   20076-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 4-24-2007

PSY235  2007 Fall - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Psychology of Gender

To assess historical and psychological perspectives on women and men and to evaluate contemporary viewpoints regarding the psychology of women and men.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of C or better or permission of Instructor.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Cultural Diversity - [C]

General Education Designation: Social and Behavioral Sciences - [SB]


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



PSY235  2007 Fall - 9999

Psychology of Gender



Describe myths and stereotypes surrounding the concept of women and men. (I)


Describe theories that relate to the psychological development of women and men. (II)


Describe the psychological effects of hormones, pregnancy, and women's and men's physiological structure. (III)


Describe sex differences at various ages. (IV)


Describe theories of sex role acquisition. (IV)


Describe the effects of alternate choice of sex role. (IV)


Describe abilities, achievement, and motivation in women compared to men. (V)


Describe women's and men's adjustment to life changes and career demands. (VI)


Describe minority women's and men's roles and adjustment. (VII)



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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



PSY235  2007 Fall - 9999

Psychology of Gender


I. Introduction

A. Definitions

B. Myths and stereotypes

C. Historical considerations

II. Theories

A. Psychoanalytic

B. Social learning

C. Cognitive-developmental

III. Physical considerations

A. Physiology

B. Hormones

C. Pregnancy

IV. Sex role

A. Sex differences at different ages

B. Theories of sex role acquisition

C. Alternate styles

V. Abilities, achievement, motivation

A. Cognitive style

B. Motivation

C. Gifted women

VI. Adjustment

A. Life changes

B. Career

C. Women vs. men

D. Women and men in therapy

VII. Minority women

A. Racial minorities

B. Lesbian women/gay men


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