Psychology (PSYC) 345

The Psychology of Women (Revision 4)

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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
  • Unit 9: Women and Older Adulthood and Future Trends


To receive credit for PSYC 345, you must complete all six (6) assignments; two "notecard" exercises; two assignments related to your research proposal; and two take-home review exercises.

The weightings for each activity are as follows:

Assignments Credit Weight Date Due
Assignment 1: Two summary notecards 10% of final grade After Unit 1
Assignment 2: Three summary notecards plus research 20% of final grade After Unit 3
Assignment 3: Mid-term take-home review exercise 20% of final grade After Unit 5
Assignment 4: Research proposal preparation 0% of final grade After Unit 7
Assignment 5: Research proposal 30% of final grade After Unit 9
Assignment 6: Final take-home review exercise 20% 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 assignments. To receive credit for this course, you must also achieve a minimum overall grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course. You will find instructions for preparing and submitting each assignment through the assignment links on the course home page.

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 can sometimes be purchased 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 Course Overview

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

Full information for the 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 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 4, September 16, 2013.

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Updated January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services