Important Notice

This course is not active. Please contact Department Chair for more information.

Special Topic: Gender Relations

Course Code
PSYC 1120
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
The focus of this course will be examination of the biological, psychological, and social determinants of gender differences. How gender operates at individual, interpersonal, and cultural levels to structure peoples’ lives will be examined. There will be an exploration of how language and social institutions frame the way people think about themselves and others.
Course Content
  1. How Gender Shapes Our Lives
    • individually, interpersonally, and culturally
    • socialization of males and females
  2. Social Constructionist Perspective
    • differences in the lives of males and females
    • personality differences
    • social interactions between the sexes
    • gender as social construction rather than biological fact
  3. Cultural Perspective
    • ethnocentrism
    • cultural universals
    • changing gender roles
  4. Verbal and NonVerbal Language
    • language as a source of power
    • how language an social institutions frame the way people think and speak
  5. The Diversity of Men’s and Women’s Lives
    • sex, gender, and cognition
    • the diverse opinions and realities of males and females with regard to sex, gender, and cognition.
    • male and female personality differences
    • male and female responses to psychological stresses
  6. Becoming a Woman Becoming a Man
    • becoming a gender specific person: childhood
    • becoming a woman: puberty and adolescence
    • becoming a man: puberty and adolescence
  7. Friendship and Romance
    • relationships: men and women
    • relationships: women and women
    • relationships: men and men
    • differentiated meanings of sex, love, and romance
  8. Commitments
    • longterm relationships
    • family
    • parenting
  9. Knowledge as a Source of Social Change
    • importance of integrating diversity
    • workplace politics
    • need for social change
  10. Issues Involving Change
    • gender in childhood
    • impact of violence in men’s and women’s lives
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives and will include some of the following:

  • lectures
  • seminar presentations
  • audio visual materials
  • small group discussions
  • research projects
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will include some of the following: quizzes, multiple choice exams, essay type exams, term paper or research project, class participation, seminar discussion, and oral presentation.   Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.


An example of one evaluation scheme:


         Exam I                                                                25%

         Exam 2                                                                25%

         Exam 3                                                                 25%

         Individual or Group Presentation                              10%      

         Term or Research Paper                                          15%


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss how gender shapes our lives; individually, interpersonally, and culturally.
  2. Discuss the socialization process of males and females.
  3. Discuss culturally diverse views of gender.
  4. Describe the role of verbal and non-verbal cues in gender-related differences.
  5. Describe how language and social institutions frame the way people speak and think.
  6. Describe biological and social influences on gender.
  7. Describe the social context of aging.
  8. Discuss what is meant by and the process of “becoming a gender specific person”.
  9. Discuss the differentiated meaning, between males and females, of sex, love, and romance.
  10. Critically assess the politics of the workplace and the role of the media in relation to gender issues.
  11. Challenge the “old” ways of thinking and looking at gender differences.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

A selection of reading materials such as the following:

Lips, H. M. (2001).  Sex and Gender: An Introduction (4th Ed.) 

     Mountain View, CA, Mayfield.

Minas, A.  (2001).  Gender Basics: Feminist Perspectives on Women and Men (2nd Ed.)

     Toronto, Wadsworth.

Reading materials will be updated periodically.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PSYC 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 1XX (3), B-Soc. Students may request SFU GSWS 101 (3) - B-Soc instead. 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 1XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to 2012/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 1st (3) 2005/05/01 to 2012/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 220 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU PSYC 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.