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PSYCH406: Gender and Sexuality

Unit 1: An Introduction to Gender and Sexuality   Our first unit on gender and sexuality will introduce you to many of the terms and concepts that will be more fully presented in later units.  You may be familiar with some of these terms and ideas, but please note that we may be using them differently for the purposes of this course. 

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 15 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2: 5 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4: 4 hours

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this section, students will be able to:

  • Define and explain different terms relating to gender and sexuality, including sex, gender, gender roles and identity.
  • Define and explain the difference between gender role identities and sexual orientation.
  • Define and explain gender role stereotypes.
  • Define and explain sex role attitudes and values.

1.1 Definition of Terms   - Lecture: UCLA: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D. “Sex and Gender Orientation” Link: UCLA: Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D.’s “Sex and Gender Orientation” Lecture (YouTube)
 
Also Available in:
iTunes U (Lecture 5)
 
Instructions: Watch this lecture, which will cover the material you need to know for all subunits in section 1.1 and 1.2 (1.1.1 through 1.2.6) as well as all subunits for section 4.2 (4.2.1 through 4.2.7).
 
Watching this lecture should take approximately 1 hour. 
 
Terms of Use: Thomas Bradbury, Communication and Conflict in Couples and Families, Spring 2009. (UCLA: UCLA), http://ucla.edu (Accessed August 23, 2009). License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0. The original version can be found at: http://academicearth.org/lectures/sex-and-gender-orientation.

1.1.1 Sex   1.1.2 Gender   1.1.3 Gender Identity   1.1.4 Gender Roles   1.1.5 Gender Role Identity   1.1.6 Four Gender Role Identities: Masculine, Feminine, Androgynous and Undifferentiated   1.1.7 Opposite Sex vs. Other Sex   1.2 Gender Role Identities and Sexual Orientation   1.2.1 Confusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Role Identity   - Reading: Education Resources Information Center: Marla Morris (Georgia Southern University), “Queer Life and School Culture: Troubling Genders” Link: Education Resources Information Center: Marla Morris (Georgia Southern University), “Queer Life and School Culture: Troubling Genders” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Click on the link and then “Eric Full Text” link at the top, left side of the page to access full text.  Read this paper in its entirety. 
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • Reading: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment: The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Domenico Di Ceglie’s “Gender Identity Disorder in Young People” Link: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment: The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Domenico Di Ceglie’s “Gender Identity Disorder in Young People”  (HTML or PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click the link and open the article.  The PDF version of this article can be accessed by the link on the right side of the window.  Read this paper in its entirety. 
     
    This reading will take approximately 2 hours.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • Reading: Web Media: BBC Canada: “Mind Changers: Case Study: John/Joan The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl” Link: BBC Canada: “Mind Changers: Case Study: John/Joan The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl

    Instructions: Listen to this audio.  Note that this article covers material you need to know for section 1.2.1.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

1.2.2 Gender Rule Violations   1.2.3 Homosexuality and Heterosexuality   1.2.4 Homophobia   1.2.5 Gender Role Variations: Geography, History, Race/Ethnicity, Age, Social Class, Situation   - Web Media: Desmond Morris’s “The Human Sexes - The Gender Wars” Link: Desmond Morris’s “The Human Sexes - The Gender Wars” (YouTube)
 
Instructions: Watch this video, which discusses the topic of gender role variations across history and culture. It is part of a six-part series titled “The Human Sexes,” which aired on Learning Channel TLC in 1997. 

 Watching this video should take approximately 1 hour.   
    
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displayed on the webpage above.

1.2.6 Gender Role Conflicts and Strain   - Reading: Will Meek's “Psychology of Men” Link: Will Meek’s “Psychology of Men” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Go to the above link.  Read sections 1-8 in this link.  Note that this reading will cover the material you need to know for subunit 1.2.6.  
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.  Will Meek’s personal webpage can be found at willmeekphd.com.

1.3 Sex and Gender Role Stereotypes   - Lecture: University of Houston: Herb W. Agan, Ed.D.’s “Feminine/Masculine Archetypes – Caregiver and Warrior” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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1.3.1 What is a Stereotype   1.3.2 Stereotypes Based on Membership to Sex or Gender Category   1.3.3 When are Stereotypes Useful?   1.3.4 Using Stereotypes vs. Using Personal Information   1.3.5 Stereotypes of: Personality, Family Role, Occupations, Academic Majors, Physical Characteristics   1.3.6 Origin of Sex Stereotypes?   1.3.7 Kernel of Truth Hypothesis   1.3.8 Social Role Theory   1.3.9 Stratification Theory   1.4 Gender Role Attitudes and Values   - Web Media: BBC Television: Desmond Morris’s “The Human Sexes - The Maternal Dilemma” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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  • Web Media: Media Education Foundation: Jackson Katz’s “Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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  • Web Media: Media Education Foundation. Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Images of Women” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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1.4.1 Beliefs About Sex Roles   1.4.2 How Should Men and Women Behave?   1.4.3 Traditional, Egalitarian or Transitional Beliefs   1.4.4 Gender Role Value: Value of Gender Role not Task   1.4.5 Male Role Valued More than Female Role