Psychology (PSYC) 345

The Psychology of Women (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: PSYC 343 (PSYC 345 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 343.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 345 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Psychology 345: The Psychology of Women examines several topics in psychology that are of specific relevance to women and are about women. The course discusses scientific findings and sexist myths about male and female differences, and looks at a variety of gender issues from a feminist perspective.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Psychology of Women
  • Unit 2: Gender Stereotypes and Other Gender Biases
  • Unit 3: Infancy to Adolescence
  • Unit 4: Gender Comparisons
  • Unit 5: Work and Relationships
  • Unit 6: Sexuality, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood
  • Unit 7: Physical and Mental Health
  • Unit 8: Violence Against Women and Women and Older Adulthood
  • Unit 9: Future Trends

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is a “survey” or introduction to the large number of topics and ideas that are important to the study and understanding of women in contemporary society. Each topic discussed in this course provides information and offers insights that encourage a critical awareness of factors affecting contemporary women’s lives. After you have completed this course, you should be able to

  • describe how feminism has transformed the psychology of women.
  • explain how feminist perspectives have contributed to theory and research methodologies within psychology.
  • critique psychological theories with an awareness of the impact that gender, power, and women’s diversity have on scientific knowledge.
  • critically compare the processes and consequences of gendered socialization practices on the lives of girls and women.
  • identify the physical, cognitive, and social factors unique to women across their lifespan.
  • evaluate the issues relevant to women’s psychological development and sense of well-being, particularly issues related to employment, interpersonal relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, ageing, physical health, mental health, and violence.


To receive credit for Psychology 345: The Psychology of Women, you must complete all six assessment activities including five assignments and the final invigilated exam. The weightings for each activity are as follows:

Assignments Credit Weight Date Due
Assignment 1: Reflection Exercise 5% of final grade After Unit 1
Assignment 2: Mid-Term Take-Home Review 20% of final grade After Unit 4
Assignment 3: Research Question and Article Summaries 20% of final grade After Unit 7
Assignment 4: Research Proposal 25% of final grade After Unit 8
Assignment 5: Online Participation Self-Assessment 5% of final grade After Unit 9
Final Invigilated Exam 25% of final grade After Unit 9
Total 100% of final grade

Your final grade will be determined by a weighted average of the grades you received on the activities noted above. To receive credit for this course, in addition to completing all five assignments and the final exam, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final exam and a minimum overall weighted grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Matlin, M. W. (2012). The psychology of women (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 345 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) or greater on the research essay and oral presentation to be eligible to write the challenge examination. A cumulative average of 50 percent on both activities is required. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, Feb 25, 2019.

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