CAU Human Behavior in the Social Environment Research




Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Chapter 9 (Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexism) Book- Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Evironment 11 edition by Zastrow, Kurst-Ashman & Hessenauer,

  1. Name one concept, theory, or research finding that you learned from this week’s reading assignment. You are to provide the page number from where you retrieved this information. If you do not provide the page number then deductions will occur. If you are using e-book then there will not be a page number. You are to report that you are using the e-book. If you do not then deductions will occur. (.25 x 2 = .5)

For example, you could select: LO 7: Examine Sexual Harassment, page 427.

  1. Provide a brief background of the theory or concept, covering the name of the theory or concept, or theorist, and what the theory or concept says about human development or behavior. (.25 pts)

Do not copy the book word for word. We can read the book ourselves! Explain what this theory/concept is about in your own words in paragraph form. I have selected “Examine Sexual Harassment, and this is where I would explain my topic and HOW my topic relates to human development or human behavior.

  1. Describe an illustrative example of this theory concept in everyday life. The illustrative example should provide sufficient detail and link your example to specific course concepts. Use examples from your personal experiences, informal observations of those around you, or the media. (.25 pts)

Now that you have selected your topic and have explained the meaning in #2, as well as how it relates to human development or behavior, you are to provide an illustrative example of your topic. If you have witnessed a situation or have lived an experience that relates to your topic then you may describe the encounter. If you have not experienced or witnessed a situation then you are to describe a scenario that explains how your topic relates to the information in the textbook. In other words, you have stated your topic in #1 (page number included), and you have provided an explanation of what your topic is in #2, and in #3 give me an example of how your topic unfolds, or could unfold. (You have identified the topic, identified the concept, so now describe it in a way that I can understand it!)

#4 –

*Watch the Video that is provided in Module 1.

*Read: LO 4: Traditional Gender-Role Stereotypes over the Lifespan. (Pg. 416)

Address “a, b and c” below”.

Did you know that …

“The process of gender stereotyping continues through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. [Also], gender stereotyping involves expectations about how people should behave based on their gender”. (Pg. 416)

Did you know that…

Parents, peers and cultures are the biggest influences that socialize children regarding gender roles?

After you have read “Traditional Gender-Role Stereotypes over the Lifespan”, and watched the video, you are to address “a” in paragraph form.

a). Do you feel that children should be guided by social expectations in regard to what toys they play with? Explain your response. (.50 pt.)

According to the video titled “Big Think Interview, with Lise Eliot”, at age 1 girl’s and boy’s both like dolls because dolls have faces and all children are instinctively attracted to faces and voices. This is because we are a social species. After watching the video, address the following questions based off of the information provided in the video.

b). At what age do boys opt for boy toys, and girls opt for girl toys? (.25 pt.)

c). At what age do children typically begin to figure out if they are a boy or a girl? (.25)

Think about these points of concern when addressing question, “a) ”. You do not have to provide a written response to each bulleted question below, they are here just to get your wheels of thought turning!

  • Will the child miss out on discovering their true identity if they are socially guided to play with a certain gender appropriate toy?
  • Do social expectations add an element of normalcy and guidance?
  • Will the child feel a sense of internal or external incongruence?
  • Will the child feel a sense of disharmony, or a sense of something that is not natural for him/her? Remember, society has a way of governing what is, or should be “natural”!


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