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Class Preparation for PSY 235

Syllabus -- [PDF Download]


January 22 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link takes you to the results of a ranking of the most manly cities in the U.S.   Examine the criteria, as well as where Columbia ranks. What surprised you?   What do the criteria say about what we consider to be masculine?   The second link takes you to an article about by a person who has taught college as both a male and a female.  What do you think about her observations regarding the differences?

January 27 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
As always, what do you think?

January 29 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link takes you to an article about how explaining male-female differences is both shaped by the media and influenced by the political leanings of individuals.   What do you think?   The second link takes you to an article explaining that male and female brains may be wired/created differently.   This is a biological or essentialist explanation for male-female differences, and is not uncommon.   What do you think?

February 3 --   [LINK]
Here is a critique of a recent study on male-female differences in brains, and of such research generally.   What do you think?   Also, if you're not a psychology major with a background in research methodology, you may find this brief chapter helpful:   [LINK]

February 10 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link takes you to a brief interview with an author who claims that particular gender differences in communication have evolutionary roots.   Examine his argument and assumptions.   What do you think?   The second link takes you to a very brief report on a study examining gender differences in decoding facial expressions.   Note that the explanation for the findings is an evolutionary one.   What do you think?

February 12 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]       [LINK 3]
The first link takes you to a brief article about the gender gap in math as it looks across cultures, whereas the second link takes you to an infographic and brief explanation as to the gender gap in science across cultures.   What do you think about each and how they relate?   The third link takes you to a brief article about single-gender education.   What do you think?

February 17 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link takes you to an interesting article about "gender judo" in the workplace.   What do you think?   The second link takes you to a brief description of recent research related to the amount of pay people may associate with female compared to male jobs.

February 26 --   EXAM 1 (simply bring something with which to write)

March 10 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link takes you to a brief article about a recent survey of men and their body image.   What surprises you?   The second link takes you to a brief article written for men, giving advice about body image.   What do you think?

March 12 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link is to an article about some interesting research on possible gender differences in reactions to seeing photos of attractive nudes in media.   The second link is to a brief, interesting article on the genderfication of food.   What do you think?

March 17 --   [LINK]
The link is to a PDF of a book about the experiences of a young female researcher who spent a year embedded in a California high school to examine masculinity among teens.   Read book pages 87-91, 101-102, and 107-112.   For each portion, start with the heading for a new section.   What do you think?   Does this description match your experiences observing boys in high school?

March 19 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link takes you to an article about what researchers find when they try to investigate whether and to what extent there is a double standard when it comes to gender and sexuality.   What are some of the problems with such a research approach?   The second link takes you to one man's explanation for why he thinks there will always be a double standard.   What do you think?   What aspects of his argument do you think are useful for understanding the motives or dynamics behind a cultural double standard?

March 24 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
Each link takes you to a brief, interesting article about gender in romantic male-female relationships.   What do you think?

March 26 --   [LINK]
The link takes you to a brief, interesting article about gender in romantic male-female relationships.   What do you think?

March 31 --   EXAM 2 (simply bring something with which to write)

April 2 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK]
The first link takes you to a brief history of men's friendships.   Afterwards, the second link takes you to an examination of men's friendships in America today.   Compare the two views.   What do you think?

April 7 --   [LINK]
The link takes you to a brief article about a unique way to glimpse how Internet users view sons compared to daughters.   What do you think?

April 9 --   [LINK]
The link takes you to a brief article about getting a man to do housework.   What do you think?

April 14 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
This is essentially one article, with the first link to the first part and the second link to the conclusion.   What do you think?

April 16 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
Each of these two links (about rape and domestic violence, respectively) addresses the issue of male victims.   In what ways to traditional gender roles make such cases more problematic for the victims and society generally.

April 21 --   [LINK]
This link is to a 10-minute video/talk on gender, health, and healthcare.   What do you think?

April 23 --   [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
Each of these links is to a brief article about gender and mental illness.   What do you think?

April 28 --   EXAM 3, 11:00 am (simply bring something with which to write)


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