TNCC Explores the Differences Between Men and Women with New Psychology Course

Published: December 1, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will facilitate in-depth conversations about the disparities and similarities between men and women with PSY 265: The Psychology of Men and Women. The new three-credit course will be offered during the spring 2011 semester as an elective for students who have successfully completed PSY 200: Principles of Psychology.

TNCC Assistant Professor Adjunct Tina C. Sherwood completed her doctoral dissertation on the topic in 2007 and will teach the course. “Some of the main lessons that I hope that students learn is that despite what is provided in the mass media, studies have shown that men and women are more similar than different and this course will allow equal consideration to both their similarities and differences,” Sherwood said.

Using open-forum discussions, presentations and small-group activities, the students will explore gender identity from theoretical, biological, interpersonal and sociocultural perspectives. The curriculum covers several topics including sex roles, socialization, rape, abuse and androgyny. “Hopefully, this course will help students to understand more about who they are, how they are, and whom they are likely to become,” Sherwood said.

Thomas Nelson offers more than 10 Psychology courses, including Educational Psychology, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Personality.

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