PSYCH 958 - Special Seminar in Development
Section: 002 Gender and Development
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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This seminar grapples with a persistent and vexed set of questions about how best to understand gender—i.e., how best to theorize, conceptualize, define, operationalize, and analyze gender. We will begin by examining patterns of gender development, both long-term developmental patterning and changes and how gender is experienced in the short term. For example, how children come to recognize gender distinctions and understand stereotypes as well as how context influences and constrains 'gendered' behavior. Theoretical explanations of gender role development will include biological, socialization, and cognitive theories as well as alternative and more complex, nuanced, and sophisticated conceptualizations of gender. Discussions of agents of gender socialization will focus on the contributions of parents, peers, and culture. We will end the seminar by discussing the analysis of gender. Many researchers assume gender is a dichotomous and discrete variable, a relatively stable property, occurring naturally, and learned through socialization. Increasingly scholars have challenged these long-held ideas, proposing instead that gender is malleable and multidimensional.

PSYCH 958 - Special Seminar in Development
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002 (SEM)
Tu 11:00AM - 2:00PM
004 (SEM)
M 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Developmental Training Grant
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