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BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a fundamental understanding of (a) various concepts and theories of sex and gender, including models of how gender roles are developed and maintained, and (b) the major research findings regarding gender.
  2. Students will be aware of, identify with, and analyze the influence of media, institutions and culture on the development of gender identity, gender-related beliefs, and attitudes through class room activities and discussions; and develop an awareness of one’s own expectations and biases as they relate to gender.
  3. Students will develop knowledge and skills within gender research for identifying and formulating research hypotheses and the theories supporting them, understanding threats to research validity, formulating designs to test hypotheses, appreciating the limitations of research findings, and critically analyzing the research literature.
  4. Students will develop knowledge and skills within gender research for identifying and formulating research hypotheses and the theories supporting them, understanding threats to research validity, formulating designs to test hypotheses, appreciating the limitations of research findings, and critically analyzing the research literature.
  5. Students will be aware of, identify with, and analyze the influence of media, institutions and culture on the development of gender identity, gender-related beliefs, and attitudes through class room activities and discussions; and develop an awareness of one’s own expectations and biases as they relate to gender.

Course Learning Outcomes

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to do the following:

Course Materials

These two textbooks are required for this course:

As the instructor, I do not endorse all of the theories or thinking portrayed in the texts, and neither should you feel compelled to do so. The texts provide a foundation to inform the reader on current research and thinking in the discipline of psychology—I encourage you to critically interpret the presented material. I expect that each reader will sometimes agree and sometimes disagree with the conclusions drawn in various parts of the text.

Ancillary Materials

Discussion materials are located at the end of each chapter intro. Although you will not be graded on these materials, they can enrich your experience and deepen your understanding. I encourage you to review these comments, articles, videos, and other materials.

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Assignments

Quizzes (12–10 points each)

There are 12 quizzes, each containing 10 multiple-choice items. Each quiz is worth 10 points, for an overall total of a possible 120 points.

Field Research Report (50 points)

Note: This assignment requires pre-approval by instructor. Do not proceed with the assignment until you have sent me a proposal for what you would like to do.

The Proposal

Your proposal doesn't have to be long or complex, but it should give me a good idea of what topic you're interested in pursuing, and how you are going to approach it.

Here are a few examples of possible behaviors to observe (and hypotheses you might test):

When I have approved your project, you will conduct your own field research (take a friend!) by observing a public behavior for one hour, noting differences in that behavior between genders.

The Report

To receive full credit, your paper must include the following items:

You will report on your findings in a 23 page, double-spaced paper. Please use Times New Roman 12-point font.

Taking Sides Essay (100 points)

Each student will submit a 5 page paper (APA format 1 complete with title page, abstract and references; the 5 pages are content pages and do not include the title page, abstract, or references) exploring any one of the 20 issues addressed in your text, Taking Sides. This paper will include the following:

Your paper must be in APA format, complete with title page and references (for help with APA format, visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab).

Your paper will be 5 pages, double-spaced. Please use Times New Roman 12-point font.

Academic Honesty

While I expect all students to avoid plagiarism and keep the highest standards of academic honesty, there are still specific skills most students need to master over time in order to correctly cite sources, especially in this new age of the Internet. See the Honor Code Office website for specific examples of intentional or inadvertent plagiarism, including fabrication and falsification.

Formatting Your Written Work

To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as a Word .DOC or .DOCX file.

Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, PSYCH306_JaneSmith_TakingSidesEssay.docx.

Submitting Your Written Assignments

Here’s how to submit your completed written assignments:

  1. Click the corresponding assignment submission link in your course.
  2. Click Open.
  3. Attach the assignment's .RTF file by clicking the Choose File button, then locating the file you wish to submit.
  4. When you have attached your file, click Submit.
  5. You will be asked if you are sure you want to submit this assignment. Click Yes.
  6. You will receive a message that tells you that you have successfully submitted your assignment. Click OK.

Share Your Thoughts

Each lesson includes a discussion board and invites you to share your thoughts on the ideas you’re learning about. These discussions do not count toward your course grade, but they can give you a meaningful way to share your insights and see others’ perspectives.

Important Note: Please feel free to state your (well-supported) thoughts on the issues. Please also respect others’ opinions and positions.

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Final Exam

The final exam consists of 65 multiple choice questions taken from the text and readings. It is worth 130 points. The exam is closed book and notes, but there is no time limit.

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Grading

Grading will be on an absolute scale (no curve) from a total of 400 points.

Assignment Point Values
Quizzes (12—10 points each) 120
Field Research Report (with pre-approval) 50
Taking Sides Essay 100
Final Exam (65 items—2 points each) 130
Total 400

Grade Scale

Your letter grade will be based on these percentages:

A 93–100%

B 83–86%

C 73–76%

D 63–66%

A- 90–92%

B- 80–82%

C- 70–72%

D- 60–62%

B+ 87–89%

C+ 77–79%

D+ 67–69%

E 59–below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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