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PS4079   Sex Differences and Gender Development

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PS2002. Module prerequisites may be waived for students with entry into Honours Psychology

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar plus office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 128

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr G Brown