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Janelle M Silva
BIS 316
Bothell Campus

Topics in Psychology

Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of psychology. Topics may include the history of psychology; human memory; dreaming; cognitive psychology.

Class description

BIS 316 Topics in Psychology: Women’s Lives in Context Autumn 2011 We will examine prominent psychological theories and issues related to the psychology of women from a feminist perspective. Sexist bias in traditional psychological theories, research, and practice will be discussed, and alternative, women-centered models will be offered. Gender role socialization and women’s experiences across the lifespan are some of the topics we will explore. In addition, this course aims to illuminate the inequalities faced by women in various contexts. Meanings of race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation in women’s lives will play a central component in our understanding of how social structures (e.g., media, school, work force) create unequal power statuses for women from different social groups. Throughout the course, we will reflect on and talk about the implications of current social attitudes and policies, as well as the possibilities for individual and social change.

Student learning goals

-An understanding of the role of context in shaping, transforming, and influencing women’s lives in the United States

-Understand how intersecting identities play a pivotal role in women’s lives

-Reflection on inequality, power, and privilege and ability to participate in respectful and collegial dialogue

-Critically assess what obstacles continue to exist for women in the United States and what change is needed to facilitate more opportunities for women to succeed

General method of instruction

Lecture, formal and informal classroom discussions, and film reviews.

Recommended preparation

Students would benefit from reading about current issues facing women in today’s society and an understanding of feminist theory (or your own working definition of feminism).

Class assignments and grading

Midterm and final (non-cumulative), participation, dialogue facilitation, and six 2 page assignments.

Grades are assigned on a point-basis determined by the assignment requirements.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Janelle M Silva
Date: 07/20/2011