Paper Title

Raising Awareness of Gender Issues: The Impacts of WGS Courses on Undergraduate Women and Men

Panel

Culture and Identity in Psychology

Location

Room 222, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Start Date

2-4-2016 2:00 PM

End Date

2-4-2016 3:15 PM

Keywords

Identity, Psychology, Science, WGS, LGBTQ, Intersectionality

Abstract

This paper reports on a survey designed to assess the impact of women's and gender studies courses on students' attitudes toward gender equality. The study used a pre- post design, to examine how (or if) women and men differed in the degree to which the courses advanced their commitments to equality. Of particular interest are the responses of men, who occupy a position of privilege even as they seek to examine and expand their investment in feminist values.

Comments

Melissa Peters is a third year graduate student in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at NC State. Melissa’s research interests center on feminism, intergroup processes and social identity theories, and what leads those with power and privilege to move beyond sympathy to identification with those with less power and privilege. Specifically, she is interested in what factors may lead to attitude change and how education (e.g., WGS courses) may facilitate this process.

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Raising Awareness of Gender Issues: The Impacts of WGS Courses on Undergraduate Women and Men

Room 222, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

This paper reports on a survey designed to assess the impact of women's and gender studies courses on students' attitudes toward gender equality. The study used a pre- post design, to examine how (or if) women and men differed in the degree to which the courses advanced their commitments to equality. Of particular interest are the responses of men, who occupy a position of privilege even as they seek to examine and expand their investment in feminist values.