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UPSY206 Psychology of Women – Fall 2019 – Widener University Extended Learning
Nicolette Salerno, EdD
[email protected]
Hybrid – Thursday meetings TBD / Main Campus
Course Description: (3 Credits)
The social construction of gender and its impact on the lives of women will be examined in this course. It is
designed as a survey course that will cover a wide array of psychological topics as they relate to the female
experience in American culture. The influence of historical, developmental (e.g., age) and social contexts (e.g.,
race, ethnicity, social class) on psychological experiences will also be examined.
Hybrid - Main Campus
In-person meetings TBD
Learning Objectives:
 Describe psychological theories and research concerning gender-role development.
 Explain gender similarities and differences and give examples of the multiple causes of differences.
 Explore the sociocultural context influencing attitudes towards women.
 Explain how being gendered affects our lives.
 Examine how the media influences gender stereotypes.
 Understand key issues affecting women’s physical and mental health.
Textbook: Liss, M., Richmond, K., & Erchull, M.J. (2019). Psychology of Women and Gender. New York: W.W.
Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-66713-4
Course Requirements:
Online Discussions and Participation (25%):
One of my goals for this class is that you will be able to speak intelligently about complex and
occasionally personal issues. I would also like for you to consistently raise issues for discussion that
you find particularly interesting in the readings. Your participation in online discussions will
significantly contribute to your final evaluation. There will be minimally 10 required discussions
throughout the semester. You can certainly post a discussion on your own if you wish.
Students are expected not only to post their reactions to the reading, but also to respond to the
reactions of others. Forum posts require one primary submission and at least two responses to other
posts. These must be completed by midnight on Sunday nights.
Online Reading Questions or Concept Maps (25%):
Because this course utilizes predominantly an online format, it is so important that you complete all of the
assigned readings. In order to assist you, I will provide you with assignments of either reading comprehension
questions, concept maps, or case studies for various chapters of the book. These questions will be short-
answer, essay type questions or responses to the issues posed in the readings. I will determine which based on
the content. Each reading assignment must be completed by midnight on Sunday.
Issue / Activism Paper or Presentation (25%): It is imperative for those studying psychology to become
familiar with journals and current research. To that end, I am asking that you write a concise (5-6) page paper
on a utilize at least 2 journal articles to supplement the text as sources. Topics are due by the end of
September. You may also fulfill this requirement by creating a detailed presentation on the topic (minimally
25 slides) that you narrate to share with the rest of the class. Details will be shared after week 1.
Exam (25%): The final exam is a cumulative exam spanning all the chapters and topics covered in the
Psychology of Women and Gender text. The exam will consist of both multiple choice and short answer
questions, drawing upon the assigned readings. You are to work on this exam entirely alone.
Modules: The course will be arranged in modules based on the chapters/topics in the text. There are 14
chapters in the book, and we have 16 weeks together. Week 1 will be introductory in nature; week 16 is for
the final exam (format TBD). I have not yet filled in assignments; you will see why in your first discussion post.
( I will post an updated schedule by next Monday evening).
Weeks of
August 26
Topic / Readings
Introductions - Course, Each Other, Expectations
Sept 2
A Feminist Psychology of Women
Video: Ted Talk – We Should All Be Feminists
Sept 9
Sept 16
Sept 23
Sept 30
Oct 7
Oct 14
Oct 21
Oct 28
Nov 4
Nov 11
Nov 18
Nov 25
Dec 2
Dec 9
Power and Privilege
Similarities and Differences
Beyond the Sex/Gender Binary
Gender Socialization
Women’s Bodies
Sexuality and Sexualization
Reproduction and Mothering
Older Women
Gender Based Violence
Mental Health
Tension, Action and Hope for the Future
Final Projects Due
Assignments Due
First 2 discussion posts
*magazine analysis assignment
First On Campus Class Meeting
Second On Campus Class Meeting
Third On Campus Class Meeting
Course Policies
Online Participation: The course is divided into segments (1-week modules). You must complete all of the
reading and assignments of the current module before the next module begins. This includes online work
(forum posts, viewing lectures and video clips, assignments) along with the assigned reading. Viewing the
lectures (if available) and reading the text will allow you to deliver a higher level of work on your assignments
and enhance the discussion posts.
Class Participation: Standards & Expectations
An OUTSTANDING (A-­­level) participant typically:
◦ Displays genuine enthusiasm and engagement with the readings.
◦ Advances the conversation to new levels.
◦ Contributes complex insights into the texts and issues.
◦ Draws connections among different texts and issues.
◦ Takes intellectual risks.
◦ Enhances the participation of others by questioning, actively listening, and sharing time.
A GOOD (B-­­level) participant typically:
◦ Shows genuine effort.
◦ Actively listens and volunteers.
◦ Asks good questions about the texts and issues.
◦ Stays on-­­topic and furthers the conversation.
◦ Makes significant observations, comments, or other points.
◦ Engages other students, not just the professors.
An ADEQUATE (C-­­level) participant typically:
◦ Listens but does not volunteer.
◦ Shows acquaintance with the texts and signs of preparation if called on.
◦ Offers opinions on the texts, but without support.
UNACCEPTABLE (failing) behavior includes:
◦ Frequent absence.
◦ Signs of total disengagement at our meetings: sleeping, writing letters, reading, etc.
◦ No evidence of preparation.
◦ “Toxic” or hostile behavior that undermines our collective learning.
◦ Spends class looking at phone/texting.
Email: Communication between students and instructor will be through Widener email or Canvas.
Respect and Tolerance: A primary focus of this class is respecting, appreciating and tolerating others’ views.
You are also expected to treat other students and the instructor with respect and tolerance, even if you
personally disagree with their views.
Late Work: All work and assignments must be completed by the end of the week’s session according to the
syllabus and the timeline on Canvas. Any work submitted after that session will be considered late.
● Late forum posts will not be accepted and will receive a grade of 0. If an assignment or exam has not
been submitted within 10 days and the student has not contacted me about it then he or she will
receive a 0 for the work.
● The final draft of the term paper will lose 20% per day that it is late. Any final draft term papers
received 5 or more days after the due date will earn a 0.
● The final exam must be completed on time and will not be accepted late. Any student who does not
submit his or her final exam on time will receive a 0 for the exam.
Grading: The following are the scale of grades and their equivalent in quality points: (As per University policy,
there is no grade of an A+.)
A (Excellent) [>91%]
A- [89-91%].
B+ [86-88%]
B (Good)[83-85%]
B- [80-82%]
C+ [77-79%]
C (Average) [73-76%].
C-* [70-72%]
D+* [68-69%]
D (Passing)* [66-67%]
F (Failure) [<65%]
*Passing but below the required average for graduation.
Academic Honesty Policy: Please see The University College Student Handbook for further information. This
course will fully honor the University's policy on academic dishonesty. Please do not cheat on exams or in any
other respect with regard to this course. If a person is caught in an act of academic dishonesty, the maximum
consequences of such behavior will be imposed.
Available Support Services:
Tutoring: Tutoring in specific subjects and courses is available to all Widener University students and is
coordinated through Tutoring Services located at 522 E.14th Street (Pineapple House), office hours
Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Contact via email at [email protected]
Writing Center: Located in Old Main Annex (Next to Old Main), First Floor. Contact via telephone at
(610) 499-4332, appointments preferred.
Special Needs/Disabilities Services: The Office of Disabilities Services is located at 520 E. 14th Street,
office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm and contacted via telephone at 610-4991266.
Library Hours: Wolfgram Memorial Library is located on the main campus, contact via telephone at
(610) 499-4067 or via email to [email protected] Below are listed the regular semester
Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
12 noon - 11:30 p.m.
Please see http://www.widener.edu/libraries/wolfgram/libinfo/hours/default.asp
for holiday and break hours.
Please note: My goal is to provide each student with the assistance he or she needs to succeed in this course.
If you are having difficulties in the class, struggling with any of the material or just have a general question
about psychology, do not hesitate to contact me.
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