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PSYC 257 Psychology of Sex & Gender • 5 Cr.


Examines sex differences and similarities from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from biology, psychology, sociology, and history. Students analyze perceived and actual differences in communication styles, employment, education, mental health, and personal relationships.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the complexities of studying sex and gender.
  • Critique the history of research on sex differences, including problems of bias and flawed methodology.
  • Describe the wide cultural variations in gender roles as well as some universal, historical gender inequities.
  • Analyze the distinction between stereotyped differences and actual differences between men and women as substantiated by research.
  • Explain various theoretical positions on gender differences, including biological, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, sociological, and anthropological perspectives.
  • Identify differences in female/male communication styles, values, and relational styles.
  • Describe the role of language and media in shaping images of men and women.
  • Describe the broader impact of differentiated roles in the workplace, educational settings, mental health institutions, and politics.
  • Analyze the consequences of power differences as manifested by sexual victimization, domestic violence, sexual harassment and other interpersonal problems.
  • Compare the pressures, limitations and advantages of being male and female in American culture.
  • Articulate skills gained from the course that can apply to their inter-gender relationships.



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3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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