This course, developed for men and women interested in understanding the male experience and their own personal journeys, explores the male experience amid the cross-currents of change in contemporary American society and related implications for counseling. It takes into account the feminist critique and moves toward a new understanding of today's masculinity. The course covers issues of power, dominance, nurturance, aggression, competition and emotional expression. Students gain a perspective of the historical, biological, anthropological, sociological and psychological theories of sex-role development and the politics surrounding it and how both men and women have been affected by the imposition of limiting roles and expectations.
- To become better able to tolerate the ambiguity and complexity of difficult areas like Gender Psychology.
- To further develop the abilities of reading, and critical thinking.
- To gain a better appreciation for the advantages and disadvantages that gender expectations produce for both men and women.
- To gain a better understanding of the ways in which gender has influenced (and continues to influence) your own development, perceptual world, environment, and behavior.
- To improve your ability to critically examine psychological theory and research.
- To increase your knowledge and awareness of men's issues.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.