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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2009

WGS 393 • Gender and Family

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48100 W
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

This course examines gender and relationships from social psychological perspectives. We place particular emphasis on the following theoretical perspectives and constructs: social structure and personality (psychosocial epidemiology), stress and coping, and emotional labor. We consider how and why intimate relationships differ for men and women as well as the gendered consequences of relationships for mental and physical health. We consider the evidence for (and against) gender differences in relationship orientations, relationship experiences (e.g., stress, intimacy, support), and relationship consequences (e.g., health and well-being). Special topics include: changing demographic trends, the costs and benefits of marriage for men and women, cohabiting ties, divorce and widowhood, gay and lesbian unions, and single lifestyles. A unique aspect of this course is access to data from two in-depth interview projects on gender and relationships. See the section on "access to data" for more information.


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