Psychology 543 (Psychology of Women)

11:20 MTWR

Spring, 2004


Instructor:  Dr. Terri Fisher

Office:  Ovalwood 349

Office Hours:  10:15 - 11:15 MTW; 2:15 - 3:15 MW or by appointment or just drop by  

Phone:  (W) 419.755.4280; 



Prerequisite: Psychology 100 and 7 additional credit hours in psychology               


Texts:       Crawford and Unger, Women and Gender (2004 edition)

              Roberts, The Lanahan Readings in the Psychology of Women (2004 edition)


Date                       Topic                                            Reading Assignment

                                                                               C & U              Roberts


March 29, 30, 31                Introduction: Why a Psychology              1             30, 31, 32  

                                    Of Women?                            


April 1, 5, 6                      Images/stereotyping                            2             6, 7


April 7, 8, 12, 13, 14            Gender differences/similarities                4             38   


April 15 (Thursday)             Test


April 19, 20, 21, 22, 26         Biological perspectives                         5             5            


April 27, 28, 29                  The female experience in childhood          6             2


May 3, 4, 5, 6                    The female experience in adolescence        7             3, 14, 19


May 10, 11                       Motherhood                                    10            16   


May 12 (Wednesday)            Test


May 13, 17, 18, 19, 20          Sexuality and love                              8             12, 17, 36


May 24, 25                         Women and violence                           13            26, 28


May 26, 27, June 1              Women and abnormal behavior               14            23, 24             


June 2, 3                                 Living in a gendered world                   3, 15                      


June 9 (Wed.) 11:00 am Test


Test dates are subject to change if deemed necessary by the instructor. Any such change will be announced in class.                



Note: There will be no class on Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day).



Each test will be worth 100 points and will consist of multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions. You are responsible for all of the material discussed in class as well as the textbook. A list of possible essay questions to guide your reading, thinking, and studying will be distributed at the start of each third of the course. While collaborative work in preparing for the tests is certainly acceptable, ultimately you are responsible for making sure that you have read and understood the material.  Do not rely on a classmate to do this for you.


If it is necessary for you to miss a test, you must make arrangements with me before the test is given.  Please do not request an alterative testing time for reasons of personal preference.  Illness or death remain the only good excuses for taking a make-up test.



Writing Assignments:


Students will be expected to keep a writing journal regarding their reactions to the Roberts readings.  The journals will be collected on the days that the midterm exams are given (April 15 & May 12) as well as on the last day of class (June 3).  Each journal entry will be assigned a grade ranging from 0  to 5 points, for a total of 100 points to be earned from the journal entries.  Expectations and grading of the journal entries will be addressed in a separate handout.



Grade Determination:


       By the end of the quarter, you will have been given the opportunity to earn 395 points (3 tests and the reading journal).  The point scale to be used to determine grades will be as follows:


A     93% - 100%

A-    90% - 92%

B+   87% - 89%

B     83% - 86%

B-    80% - 82%

C+   77% - 79%

C     73% - 76%

C-    70% - 72%

D+   67% - 69%

D     60% - 66%

E     59% and below


       No specific credit will be given for attendance or class participation, but these factors will be taken into consideration in the case of a borderline grade.




Students with Disabilities


Students with certified disabilities are responsible for making their needs known to the instructor and seeking available assistance in a timely manner. Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Michelle McLane at the Office for Disability Services at (419) 755-4304 or  visit her at C100E Conard Learning Center in order to coordinate reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities.



Graduating Seniors


All instructors are expected to give final exams and graduating seniors are not considered exempt.  Graduating seniors will take the final exam with the rest of the class during the scheduled exam period. You will need to identify yourself as a graduating senior, however,  because I will have to turn in your grade early.



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