Based on course evaluations, this year's course content will differ from last year.
At the end of this course, you will be more gender sensitive in your (future) role as psychologist. You will:
- Have insight in current debates regarding the role of gender in mental health and in mental health care.
- Understand and use different theoretical models in order to explain why and how mental health is associated with sex, gender and/or sexuality.
- Reflect critically on the concepts sex and gender, and describe their relevance in the context of mental health care.
- Adequately present one of the debates/ concepts/ theoretical models in a group presentation for your class; being able to stimulate and guide the class discussion.
- Explain one of the debates/ concepts/ theoretical models in your own words to a wider audience, by writing a popular scientific article.
The call for an increased focus on personalized medicine and mental health care requires renewed specific attention for gender (and sex) for several reasons. First, because gender refers to biological as well as psychological, cultural and societal factors. Secondly, because these factors develop and change during lifetime and manifest themselves differently in the different phases of life. Third, gender not only is associated with the occurrence of mental health problems, but also with the response to treatment. And fourth, gender not only influences characteristics and roles of the patient, but also of the therapist and the relation between therapist and patient.
Whichever master study students choose, gender sensitivity and competence are essential skills. Sensitivity refers to being open for possible sex and gender-specific influences in treatment or other practices and in research. Competence refers to being able to reach good treatment outcome with both male and female patients and to critically read research papers and adequately incorporate sex and gender factors in research designs.
This course is a general introduction in gender and sex sensitivity and competence. Therefore, it covers a broad spectrum of topics relating to mental health care. In 7 lectures the topics will be presented by a broad group of lecturers, all with their own expertise. During interactive work meetings students will present and discuss relevant topics of their own interest.
- Presentation and discussion (30%)
- Essay or popular scientific article (70%)
- The presentations are in English, but the English is not assessed, only the content of the presentation. The popular scientific article can be written in Dutch or English.
- Active participation: attendance during 5 out of 6 interactive work meetings is mandatory.
- Always consult the course information on Brightspace.
|One year of university education (Psychology, Social Sciences or otherwise).|
|As room space is limited, a registration cap will apply for this course, based on first come first serve. Registration will open 2 December.|