This course will address a range of topics related to the intersection of gender and psychopathology. We will begin the class by discussing the meaning of "gender" and the various mechanisms by which biological sex, gender identity, gender roles and sexual orientation may relate to the development, presentation and treatment of psychological disorders. We will also discuss historical and current controversies regarding the classification of psychological disorders related to gender identity. The rest of the course will address gender differences in specific psychological disorders and the biological, psychological and social mechanisms contributing to these differences.
Satisfies a requirement of the Psychology major.
PSY 231 or PSY 234 or (typically) permission of the instructor. Please note that, in some semesters, this course may be listed as "Permission Only," regardless of prerequisite fulfillment, and all students who wish to register for this course must seek permission from the instructor; this will be indicated by a "PRM" notation in the notes column of the available course list.