Psychology of Women

Instructor: Lorre McCabe


Phone: (503) 997-6219

Home Phone: (503) 439-6219

Office Hours: After class or by appointment

Course Overview

This course addresses issues related to the Psychology of Women. This is an overview of the major theories and issues involved in understanding the impact of gender on thinking and behaving. Review and evaluate assumptions underlying psychological research on women in a variety of areas such as gender roles, and womenís psychological development.

Academic Policies

By registering for this course, you the student agree to abide by the academic policies of this University. If you wish to view these policies, please come see me.

Required Materials

Text: The Psychology of Women by Margaret Matlin

Access to the school computer lab

Optional Materials

Email account

Points Possible

Syllabus/Attendance Assignment 30 points

Assignment 1 20

Assignment 2 20

Assignment 3 20

Assignment 4 20

Assignment 5 20

Written report (#1 & #2) 40

Midterm 1 50

Final 100

Total 300 points


Extra Credit

In addition to the total points offered in this class I will count an addition 25 points worth of extra credit. Usually I offer many ways for you to earn this "extra credit", but all extra credit opportunities will ONLY be posted on the course web page or mentioned in class.



Syllabus/Attendance Assignment (30 points)

This is a very simple assignment. In my experience I have found that students often come up and ask me questions that are very easily found in the syllabus. In addition, these questions often involve making special allowances or involve incidences/situations that break the procedures I have established within this document. In order to combat this, I have established this assignment. To receive full credit you must (1) simply turn in your original syllabus from this class & (2) When you ask me a question concerning policies through the term make sure that you have read the syllabus FIRST. I may ask you to tell me what the syllabus says, and if you canít answer correctly then I will deduct 5 points. While this may seem harsh, it will make the term go more smoothly for both of us.

EXAMPLE: SEE FAQís AT THE END OF THIS DOCUMENT. These are the type of questions that I will ask you to tell me what the syllabus says.

Attendance is vitally important in this class. There are many things discussed in class that one cannot learn from the book. Because of this, I will take attendance randomly 5 times throughout the term. Each time you are present, you will gain 5 points.


The Midterm, is a take home essay test worth 50 points.

The Final

The Final is a take home group project and involves incorporating everything you learned in the course. It is worth 100 points.

Policies for Late Assignments

As I clearly post the assignments WELL before they are due, I donít accept them. In case of documented emergency, I will accept them late contingent on you providing me official documentation (example doctorís note). In addition, I will grade these late assignments at my leisure. Late assignments will not have points deducted from them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. When will you return our tests/assignments back to us?

Given the size of the class it takes a week minimum to correct all of them.

2. Can I do anything to make up lost attendance points?

This is what extra credit is for.

3. Can I do anything to make up low scores on the tests?

This is what extra credit is for.

4. Can I do anything to make up for missed activities?

This is what extra credit is for.

5. I donít know how to use the World Wide Web, or I donít have a computer...

There are several computers labs on campus with friendly staff. One rather large one is located on the ground floor of the PSU Library. If you need assistance in understanding how to access a web page, please ask the individual overseeing the computer lab. If you are still having difficulty come see me during my office hours.

6. What if I run into a problem accessing the web page?

CALL ME via my cell phone number.

7. Can I email you my assignments?

NO. I do not accept assignments via email.

8. Can I fax you my assignments?

NO. I do not accept assignments via fax.

9. Can I turn my assignments into your box in Cramer Hall 317?

YES, but they may not get to me on time. If you do get them in on time, I may not grade them with the others. In addition, if I start seeing that my box is inundated with papers of people not showing up to class, I reserve the right to axe this privilege.

10. Why wonít you accept them via these methods?

So many alternatives for turning in assignments creates general havoc with even the most well organized individual. In addition, this also increases the probability that some how some way something will keep the assignment from getting into my hands. For example, the email file may be corrupted or the fax may print out in jibberish. The only way to make sure that the assignment is in my hands on time is to place it concretely in my hands during the time I collect them.

11. Oh yes, will I accept assignments via the Web Board other than the web participation assignment?

NO, for aforementioned reasons.

12. What if I go over the allotted pages for each assignment or Test?

I wonít grade your assignment. While an additional paragraph or page may not seem that much to you, when all of you engage in the behavior it creates a significant amount of extra grading. Editing is a VERY important part of writing. If you are having problems editing down your papers, please visit the on campus writing center.

13. Is there any other available extra credit?

Sometimes I add assignments if I see something important in the media or for some other reason. However, I place a cap on how many points you can earn (see available points).


Course Schedule

Course Calender : Fall Term 2002







Week 1

New Student Week

No Class

Sept. 23






No assignment due this week.


Week 2

Unit 1 (See below for more information)

Sept. 30

October 1


No assignment due this week.


Week 3

Unit 2

Oct. 7



Week 4

Unit 3






Week 5

Unit 3

Oct. 21



Week 6

Unit 4

Oct. 28



Week 7

Unit 5

Nov. 4

Exam 3



Week 8

Unit 5

Nov. 11


Veteranís Day




Week 9

Unit 6

Nov. 18




Week 10

Unit 6

Nov. 25



Thanksgiving: NO CLASS


Week 11


Dec. 2

Group presentations


Group presentations


Week 12

Finals Week: Group presentations



Weeks in Detail

Week 1:

Unit 1: Introduction to Psychology of Women (Chapter 1)


History, Research Methods etc.


Week 2:

Unit 2: Social Cognition and Women(Chapters 2 & 5)

Assignment 1: The Portrayal of Women in the Media


Write a 2-2 Ĺ page, typed double spaced paper on the portrayal of women in a specific movie or television show. The first section should summarize one to two key issues you are going to examine based upon information in the book. The second section should be a brief paragraph summarizing the TV show or movie. The third section should involve explaining how the movie or TV show relates back to the aforementioned issues in the first section.

Week 3/4:

Unit 3: Developmental Psychology & The Psychology of Women (Chapters 3, 4, 10, & 14)


Assignment 2: Womenís Developmental Issues on the WWW

Write a 2-2 Ĺ page, typed double spaced paper examining a web page that relates to developmental issues covered in this unit. The first section should summarize one to two key issues you are going to examine based upon information in the book or in class. The second section should be a brief paragraph summarizing the web page you have found. The third section should involve explaining how the web page relates back to the aforementioned issues in the first section. PLEASE INCLUDE A COPY OF THE WEB PAGE.


Week 5:

Unit 4: Women, Work & Education (Chapter 7)


Assignment 3: Interviews, a paper of experience

This assignment involves interviewing someone (example: business owner, educator, peer, family member) concerning four issues covered in this chapter.

Procedures involved in this assignment: 1) Come up with four questions pertinent to this unit. 2) Interview someone. 3) Write up the results.

The write up should be 2-2 Ĺ pages, typed & SINGLE spaced. It should include all four questions, and summaries of the personís answers. In addition, you should include how this person is related to you. Finally, you should answer why is understanding peopleís personal experiences in regards to the material covered in this unit IMPORTANT.

Week 6/7:

Unit 5: Women and Intimate Relationships (Chapters 8, 9 & 13)

Assignment 4: An informational brochure

Create an informational brochure covering one of the topics covered in this unit. I will be assigning you the topic. It should be informative, but you can be creative.

Week 8/9:

Unit 6: Women and Physical and Mental Health (Chapters 11 &12 )


Assignment 5: Womenís Resources in the Portland Metro Community

Write a 2-2 Ĺ page paper, typed and double space on womenís resources in the community regarding the topic that assign you. This topic will relate back to something we cover within this unit (whether book or class lecture). The first section of the paper should briefly summarize the information presented on the topic. The second section of the paper should highlight the resources in the community that directly addresses the issue.