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Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2011 - 2012
Course Instructor:

Examines gender differences in critical areas of mental health using a lifespan developmental approach. Explores the influence of both “nature” and “nurture” using multiple theoretical perspectives. Addresses gender differences in normative development (e.g., socialization of emotion) and in major mental and behavioral disorders (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress disorder). Explores the impact of differential exposure and vulnerability to social stress on psychological functioning. Includes topics such as gender-based violence and LGBT mental health. Discusses implications for intervention and prevention.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe gender differences in the prevalence and expression of major mental and behavioral disorders
identify ways in which biological and social influences across the lifespan impact gender differences in mental health
demonstrate familiarity with multidisciplinary theories and approaches to the study of gender differences in mental health
synthesize and critically review the literature on a selected topic regarding gender and mental health

Methods of Assessment: 10% Class attendance and participation 10% Lead class discussion 20% Group debate 20% Brief critical reading 40% Final paper
Location: East Baltimore
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail