PSYCH 319 : Psychology and Gender


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The study of gender is crucial to understanding many everyday aspects of our lives, as well as many contemporary social issues. This course provides an introduction to selected key issues in the critical psychology of gender, from a social constructionist perspective. Topics that will be covered include gendered bodies, masculinity and femininity, sexuality, rape, and mental health.

Course Overview

The study of gender is crucial to understanding many everyday aspects of our lives, as well as many contemporary social issues. This course introduces feminist social constructionist, kaupapa Māori, and critical psychology approaches to topics such as Māori women’s mātauranga and rangatiratanga, gendered bodies and identities, sexuality, reproduction, sexual violence, health, and mental health.

This course will introduce topics and approaches that will be valuable to students interested in postgraduate study in Critical, culture and community psychology, Māori, Pacific and Indigenous psychology, Gender and sexuality, Clinical psychology and mental health, Health Psychology, and Social psychology.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage II in Psychology and 15 points from STATS 100-125, or 30 points at Stage II in Gender Studies

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. To be able to demonstrate introductory knowledge and understanding of frameworks and approaches to a critical psychology of gender. (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  2. To be able to critically examine the place of gender in aspects of our everyday lives, and in relation to a range of social issues. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  3. To be able to critically examine the impact of colonisation on Maori women, in relation to a range of social issues. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  4. To be able to recognise the ways gendered experiences and issues are simultaneously fundamentally shaped by ethnicity, ‘race’, ‘class’, sexuality, ability, and other social categories and dimensions of social privilege. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 6)
  5. To demonstrate understanding that knowledge and experience are shaped by social, cultural, and historical contexts. (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  6. To develop skills in independent research. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 60% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Final Exam

Special Requirements

This course requires compulsory participation, weekly readings and assignments, and therefore good language abilities.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course. Following University workload guidelines, this represents approximately 150 hours of study across the semester. For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures each week and a 1 hour tutorial in some weeks. The balance of time will be spent reading and digesting course content, participating, and working on assignments and exam preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including tutorials to receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings, as a back-up only (possibly with some delay). Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course may include live online events.
Attendance on campus is required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Prescribed readings will be available through Canvas.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Other Information

This course requires students complete regular readings. A good level of language ability is recommended.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 28/10/2021 06:41 p.m.