Psychology of Gender: Social/political issues that challenge women today

Ref: C2345598

So much of what we read about and see in the media concerning gender, as well as how we experience our daily lives, can seem contradictory, confusing, annoying or downright challenging for women! Drawing on recent psychology and considering everyday social and political issues, this woman-only course offers the opportunity for women of all ages and backgrounds, to explore and better understand the effects of growing up (and older) being told ‘what it is to be a woman’ along with a variety of attitudes, views, expectations, representations. We will also look at practical ways to face everyday challenges with confidence and how to make plans to improve health and well-being. No previous study of psychology is required to enjoy this course as we will discuss a range of topics that will relate to your own experiences and - as you learn to make more sense of them - you will find that, even a little more knowledge can make it possible to live your lives as women better!

Course aim

The aim of this woman-only course is to draw on the psychology of gender, to better understand, explore and how to address some of the contradictory and confusing challenges of the social world, that woman encounter in their everyday lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • This is a woman only course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify some recent psychological ideas about gender and understand them in social /cultural/political contexts of the development of women's behaviour, thoughts and emotions as we grow up (and older)
  • Explain how ideas about gender as social/cultural/political constructs, have historical and on-going influence on women’s lives through the social institutions we encounter
  • Recognise some of the ways that everyday sexism effects women’s psychological health and well-being and know some ways to cope with /manage challenges in our social interactions
  • Draw on ideas about positive aspects of womanhood to build confidence and make practical plans to go beyond surviving - to thriving

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All course materials will be available to access on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Psychology of Gender: Social/political issues that challenge women today


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