Learning Goals


Readings on Catalyst Commonview

Disability Resources for Students

Access to Lecture Videocasts

Top Hat

Class Meeting Times & Places

Quiz Section Attendance

Service Learning Option

Grading Policy

Class Attendance and Make-up Policy


Psychobiology of Women

General Course Information

Course Learning Goals :

  1. to develop a working knowledge base related to anatomy assigned as female, physiology, endocrinology and the ways in which these systems interact with behavior that will stay with you long after this class is over (assessed by course exams, survey questions & QQQs)
  2. to understand how science and politics interplay in research on biology, psychology and biopsychology considered relevant to female-assigned and/or female-identifying individuals (assessed by classroom discussions and paper)
  3. to understand the biological and psychological correlates of various segments of lives of female-assigned and/or female identifying individuals from puberty to menopause (assessed by course exams, survey questions, & QQQs)
  4. to formulate written and oral arguments based on scientific evidence (assessed by discussion participation and paper)
  5. to listen to beliefs and opinions of individuals who both agree and disagree with your own perspective in a respectful and considered fashion and expend effort to understand the multiple viewpoints that are all supported by current evidence (assessed by discussion participation)

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The course reader can be purchased from EZ Copy N Print, 4336 University Way NE. The reader includes all readings for lecture as well as all readings on discussion topics which are to be read by all students in the class. The reader will be available for purchase no later than October 3. These readings can also be found on the course Commonview page.

Readings related to the various discussion topics and not assigned for the entire class can only be accessed through the course Catalyst Commonview.

The order and timing of lecture-related readings is on the Class Schedule and Reading List. Readings for discussion topics are noted on the Discussion Sections page of this website.

If you have access to a course reader from Fall 2016 or Spring 2017, you can use it. One article (McClintock & Herdt) has been moved from the Sex Drive/Sex Behavior section of the old readers to the section on Puberty and Adolescence in the current reader. And there are 3 readings at the end of the Spring 2017 reader that are not being used this quarter. Older readers may be used but they may contain readings no longer in use and be missing some more recently added readings. You will have to carefully compare the reader from a past quarter to the current reading list to determine what readings are relevant now and what needs to be added. Missing articles can be found on the course Commonview.

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Disability Resources for Students
The staff of this course joins with Disability Resources for Students in recognizing disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society, to our campus community, and to our classroom. We partner with DRS with the goal of fostering an inclusive and equitable environment for all students. The DRS office is in 011 Mary Gates Hall.
Students with special needs are encouraged to contact DRS for assistance and to make their needs known to Prof. Kenney and their section TA. Let us know how we can help you. We will work with DRS to assure that your needs are met in relationship to this course.

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Top Hat

We will be using the Top Hat classroom response system in lecture this quarter. You MUST have a Top Hat account and be enrolled in this course through Top Hat.

To get a Top Hat account, go to: tophat.com. You will need to pay a subscription fee of $24 for the quarter (4 month subscription). When registering, you will be asked for the join code for this course. The join code is 147484.

Class Meeting Times and Location (Instructor):

Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:20, Kane 220 (Prof. Kenney)

Discussion Sections:

AA Thursday, 1:30-2:20, SWS 038 (Megan Ramaiya)

AB Thursday, 2:30-3:20, SWS 038 (Megan Ramaiya)

AC Friday, 8:30-9:20, MUE 154 (Yiyu Tian)

AD Friday, 9:30-10:20, MUE 154 (Yiyu Tian)

AE Friday, 10:30-11:20, SAV 137 (Liz Bird )

AF Friday, 11:30-12:20, SAV 162 (Liz Bird)

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Important Notices Related to Quiz Section Attendance:

  1. Due to the planned discussion format for quiz sections, it is important that you regularly attend the quiz section for which you are officially registered. Not only does this add up to course credit but regular attendance also improves the collegiality and cohesiveness of the discussion group. Each of you will be asked to share the lead role for one discussion meeting. Failure to attend the appropriate section meeting on that day will have severe detrimental effects on your grade.
  2. If you cannot make your own quiz section time at some point during the quarter, you can attend an alternate section meeting for that week in order to participate in the scheduled discussion or review. This, of course, assumes that you are not playing a lead role in the discussion that week.  When attending an alternate section meeting, it is critical that you indicate your typical section on the sign-in sheet. (This is not intended as a regular event but for those rare occasions when you cannot make your own section time.)
  3. Absence on the day you are expected to help lead the discussion is to be avoided at all costs (except in the case of serious illness). If serious conditions arise that will prevent you from being in class on your assigned date, please inform your TA immediately. If your reason for missing section is deemed legitimate, the TA may provide an alternative method for you to earn the related points. If the reason is not legitimate or you do not inform your TA that you will not be present, you will lose all 5 points associated with this activity.

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Service Learning

You may choose to complete this course through a service-learning option. This option is designed to help students directly connect course information to real-world situations. Students selecting this option will be asked to select a placement site related to women's health or service from a list designed by the Carlson Leadership and Service Center specifically for this course. Once you have selected your site, you must attend an orientation at that site (check site description for the time and day of the orientation) and spend 20-40 hours during the quarter at the placement site. On site you may be involved in a variety of activities from interacting with preschoolers to spending time with the elderly; from joining a group of teens in a run to serving dinner at a shelter for homeless individuals. The specific tasks involved in each placement are indicated on the list of sites for this course. You can find that list at:

For additional information about Service Learning duties and benefits, go to the Service Learning page.

The grade benefits of opting for Service Learning are discussed below.

Service Learning Tutors:

Nicole Belle
e-mail: ncn@uw.edu

Indpreet Kaur
e-mail: kauri@uw.edu

Haruka Maeda
e-mail: haruka24@uw.edu

McKayla Tillman
e-mail: mckaylat@uw.edu

Alexis Wolfley
email: anwolf14@uw.edu


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Grading Policy

Course Grades - All Students (including students selecting the Service-Learning Option)

Course grades will be based on the percent correct out of the total possible points on the three exams - two midterms and the final, the Top-Hat based Quick Quiz Questions and Survey Responses, and from quiz section-related activities. Each of the 3 exams will be worth 60 points, for a total of 180 points. There will be 16 Quick Quiz Questions each worth 1 point, for a total of 16 points. There will be a number of opportunities to points related to in-lecture survery questions (0.5 points each for up to 6 total points or 12 survey questions), Another 66 points are attached to quiz section activities (see below). So the total possible points for the course will be 268. (Students taking advantage of the Service Learning option for this course receive an additional grading bonus as described below)

Course points will be converted to a course grade with 96% = 4.0, 95% = 3.9, 93% = 3.7, 83% = 2.7, 73% = 1.7, 63% = 0.7, etc. The course grade declines by 0.1 grade point for each 1% below 96%. If the total number of points earned is less than or equal to 62% of the total possible points, you will receive a grade of 0.0 for the course. A chart converting individual test points and cumulative course points to grade points can be found on the Current Exams page.

Service-Learning Bonus Points:
Students selecting the service-learning option can earn up to 11 course points for their involvement in service learning. Details for how these points are earned can be found on the Service Learning page. All of the service-learning points are over and above the 268 course points potentially earned from tests, paper(s)/presentation and quiz section activities. In other words, these are all bonus points and can increase your course grade substantially (see grading chart on the Current Exams page).

Discussion Sections:
Participation points: You can earn up to 16 course points (equivalent to points earned on exams) through active participation in quiz section activities. These are assigned as one point per section meeting focusing on review for exams or administrative/organizational issues and two points per section meetings focusing on discussion. Active participation requires being present for the entire discussion-section class period and taking an active part in the discussion. Arrival 10 or more minutes after the start of the session or departure 10 or more minutes prior to the end of a session precludes active involvement. Being physically present in the classroom without active involvement in the discussion does not count as participation.

Papers and Discussion Leader:
Each student will be required to prepare a paper on one of the 6 discussion topics for the quarter. In addition, you will work with the other students in your section assigned that topic to facilitate class discussion of that topic. These papers and discussions will be based on a series of recommended readings on the assigned topic. The exact instructions for the paper will be provided during the first quiz section meeting and posted on the Discussion Section page. Forty-five course points are associated with the paper and an additional 5 course points are associated with your performance as a discussion co-leader.

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Class Attendance and Make-Up Policy:

The best way to learn course material is to attend lecture and discussion sections regularly. Indeed, we have evidence that in-class participation in lecture and discussions is related to significantly higher course grades. Some types of course credit such as Quick Quiz Questions, Survey question responses, Discussion Participation, and Leadership points require your presence in the classroom. If you must miss class for any reason, please talk with your TA as soon as possible to determine whether your absence will be considered "excused." If your absence from lecture or quiz section is excused, you may be permitted to make up missed points and your TA will tell you how to do so. Note: Making up points related to co-leading the discussion of your topic in quiz sections is extremely unlikely so avoid missing that class if at all possible.

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Contact the instructor at: nkenney@u.washington.edu