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Gender Relations

Course Code: PSYC 3120
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

course prerequisites

(PSYC 1100 and PSYC 1200)


(PSYC 1110 plus one of (PSYC 1100 or PSYC 1200))


(GSWS 1101 plus one of (PSYC 1100 or PSYC 1200))

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.