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PSY 437 - Psychology of Gender

  • 3 credits
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What is gender? What is femininity? What is masculinity?

This course focuses on theories and research about gender in cultural and historical contexts.
The goals of this course are 1) to explore how gender is constructed in everyday life—for example, in the media, in the family, and in the workplace, and 2) to promote critical thinking about popular and scientific theories and research about gender. The course challenges the assumption that gender is simply an element of individual identity. Societies are gendered in culturally and historically specific ways.


PSY 100 (General Psychology (GT-SS3))

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • The Gendered Society*, 6th Ed. (2017)
    Kimmel, Michael
    ISBN: 978-0190260378

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

  • Students do not need to purchase the associated "The Gendered Society Reader."


Silvia Sara Canetto
Silvia Sara Canetto

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Dr. Canetto is a Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University (CSU), where she is a graduate faculty in the Counseling and in the Applied Social and Health Psychology Programs. At CSU she is also Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, in the Women’s Studies and Gender Research Program of the Department of Ethnic Studies, and in the International Development Studies Program. She holds graduate degrees in physiological, general, and in clinical psychology and aging from the University of Padova, Italy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Northwestern University Medical School, U.S., respectively. At CSU she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in lifespan developmental psychology, psychology of women, and psychology of gender. She is the author of over 100 articles and chapters, and editor of five books--two on teaching about human diversity. Her research focuses on cultural norms, beliefs and narratives of gender and suicidality. She also studies cultural factors in women’s and men’s interest, persistence and success in science, math and engineering. Prof. Canetto is Fellow of several professional societies, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.