Gender Relations

Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Code
PSYC 3120
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
The course will examine biological, psychological, and socio-cultural determinants of gender across the lifespan. Research methods and research biases will be examined. Gender differences and similarities will be evaluated in language, cognition, and relationships. Comparisons will be made between social constructionist and essentialist perspectives of gender and sexuality. An interactional approach will highlight how race, class, ethnicity, colonization, and (dis)ability mediate gendered identity and experience.
Course Content

How Gender Shapes Our Lives

Doing gender.

Gender as a binary.

Constructionism and essentialism.

Intersectionality and ethnocentrism.


The Lenses of Gender

Androcentrism, gender polarization, biological essentialism.

Gender psychology and the negotiation of power.

The impact of stereotypes and socio-cultural norms in gender psychology.


Gender, The Body, and Psychology

Gender representations within language, media, and psychology.

Intersexuality, transsexuality, gender bending, and gender blending.


The psychology of eating.

Gendering athleticism.

Violence on gender, racialized, and sexualized bodies.

Imprisoned bodies.

Gendered psychology in the workplace and economy.


Gender and Development

Socialization forces in gender formation.

Psychological theories of gender identity.

Gender in childhood and adolescence.

Gender in aging.

Gender differences in cognition and relationships across the lifespan.

Methods Of Instruction

The course will involve a number of instructional methods, such as the following:

  • lectures
  • small group discussions
  • demonstrations
  • presentations
  • video content
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

2 Midterm Exams     50%

Final Exam               20%

Presentation              15%

Research Essay         15%

Total                       100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe how gender shapes our lives individually, interpersonally, and culturally.
  2. Describe the socialization processes of gender.
  3. Describe interactions of race, class, culture, sexuality, and 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 and gender.
  8. Describe childhood and adolescent development of gender identity.
  9. Describe the gendered construction of love, relationships, and sexuality.
  10. Critically assess the politics of the workplace and the role of the media in relation to gender issues.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

Brannon, L. (2008). Gender: psychological perspectives (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Nelson, A. (2010). Gender in Canada (4th ed.). Don Mills, Canada: Pearson Education Canada.

Unger, R., & Crawford, M. (2004). Women and gender: A feminist psychology (4th ed.). New York, NY:    



A course pack of prepared readings of peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical primary sources (journals selected from PsycInfo and chapters drawn from academic press)


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 3XXX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PSYC 2XXX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 3XX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 2311 (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 3XXX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 2nd (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 220 (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 305 (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2012/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

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