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PS4079 Sex Differences and Gender Development

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Fri

This advanced-level module will examine the evidence for sex differences in human behaviour and explore how gender develops across the lifespan. Students will learn how hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, influence brain function and behaviour in non-human animals and will apply this knowledge to human data. Example topics include sexual behaviour (including sexual orientation), aggression, memory, sex differences in mental health, and the evolution of sex differences. Teaching will be based on student-led seminars with supporting lectures. Emphasis will be placed on critical evaluation and the ability to relate scientific data to broader debates regarding sex differences in behaviour.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Single and Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography, Neuroscience

UG Pre-requisite(s):Average grade of 11 or better in PS2001 and PS2002 from the first sitting or permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar plus office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 128

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr G Brown
Module teaching staff:Dr G Brown