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    Gender and Sexuality: Course Map and Recommended Resources



    How to Use this Guide

    This guide provides information and resources on introducing the field of psychology as a science in an Introduction to Psychology course.  All resources are Open Access and can be downloaded or added to a Course Management System (LMS) via the hyperlinks.


    This section covers the topic of gender and sexuality.  Gender and Sexuality falls under Pillar 4: Social and Personality. In the Ohio TAG, the topics of Social and Personality are required, which meet the expectation of two topics in this pillar. However, if you have time to include this topic it would not only enhance this Pillar, it is an important enhancement to the cross-cutting themes of Variations in Human Functioning and Social Diversity.

    If time does not permit covering a separate unit on Sexuality and Gender, these topics can also be folded into other units as supplementary content in Human Development (e.g., the development of gender identity) as well as Motivation (sexual motivation).

    Learning Objectives

    1. Define gender
    2. Understand gender identity

    Cross Cutting Themes


    1. Discuss dangers of conversion therapy
    2. Discuss impact of sexism
    3. Discuss impact of sexual harassment


    1. Discuss Obergefell vs. Hodges
    2. Discuss impact of sexism
    3. Discuss impact of sexual harassment

    Variations in Human Functioning

    1. Discuss differences in sexual orientation 

    Cultural and Social Diversity 

    1. Discuss differences in sexual orientation
    2. Discuss the sociocultural influences on one's gender identity 

    Recommended Resources

    Sexual Behavior

    This material can be found in the sexual behavior section of the Emotion and Motivation chapter of OpenStax.  This material discusses the physiological mechanisms of sexual behavior, Kinsey’s research, Masters and Johnson’s research, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  It wraps up with an exploration of the sociocultural factors in sexual orientation and gender identity. 

    The Psychology of Human Sexuality 

    This material is titled The Psychology of Human Sexuality and is located in the Introduction to Psychology: The Full Noba Collection. It discusses the history of research on sexuality, the concepts of gender, sex, sexual orientation as well as variations of those.  There is also a discussion around the physiological sexual response. It wraps up with an exploration sexual consent.

    Supplemental Resources

    Let's Talk About Sex (Video)

    This is CrashCourse video #27 by Hank Green titled “Let’s Talk About Sex”.  It discusses both Kinsey’s and Masters & Johnson’s research, Biological Sex & Gender Identity, Sex Hormones, Biological and Social Factors of Sex,  and Sexual Orientation.

    What Motivates Us - Sex

    This is a lecture that is part of Introduction to Psychology Open Yale Courses.  Professor Paul Bloom discusses sex and gender. He explores issues such as morality and sex, the physiological response, impact of beauty, sex differences among humans, and sexual orientation.

    Intro to Psychology OER

    This is a webpage with links to various resources related to gender.  There are various authors as well as multimedia resources.

    Gay Marriage and Homosexuality & Key Findings About LGBT Americans 

    The Pew Research Center addresses issues of homosexuality and gay marriage through a number of surveys and datasets. 

    Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression

    This resource from the APA provides some commonly asked questions about transgender people, gender identity, and gender expression.  

    Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality

    This resource from the APA answers questions about sexual orientation and orientation, including the role prejudice and discrimination play in the lives of LGBTQ individuals.

    Entertainment Personlity Group Activity

    How is gender depicted in the entertainment industry? The website highlights the underrepresentation of women as well as people of color and LGBTQ individuals.

    Journey of a Pregnant Man (Video)

    In 2008, Thomas became the world's first "pregnant man." Beatie transitioned to become a man and married a woman, but still had a uterus and ovaries. When his wife could not become pregnant, he carried the couple's baby. Clips from Beatie's interview with Barbara Walters for the television news program "20/20" ("What Is a Man, What Is a Woman? Journey of a Pregnant Man") are available on YouTube.

    The book Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking (Dunn, Gurung, Naufel, and Wilson, 2013) offers general suggestions and frameworks for addressing controversial topics. There are specific chapters on gender and sexual orientation in this volume: Dunn, D. S., Gurung, R. A. R., Naufel, K. Z., & Wilson, J. H. (2013). Controversy in the psychology classroom: Using hot topics to foster critical thinking. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association

    Class Activities

    Dire Straights: Transsexualism and Gendered Stereotypes

    This is a fictional case study from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. It discusses transgender and gender stereotypes.  It was originally designed for an anthropology course, but may be useful in psychology as well. While the actual case study itself is free, the answer key and teaching notes that accompany it require a paid subscription.

    The following activities are available from the Teaching of Psychology:

    1. Madson, L. (2001) A Classroom Activity Exploring the Complexity of Sexual Orientation, Teaching of Psychology, 28, 32-35.
    2. Kite & Bryant-Lees (2016). Historical and Contemporary Attitudes Toward Homosexuality. Teaching of Psychology, 43, 164-170.
    3. Fa-Kaji, N., Nguyen, L., Hebl, M., & Skorinko, J. (2016). Is “bow” for an arrow or for hair? A classroom demonstration on gender differences in interpreting ambiguous information. Teaching of Psychology, 43(4), 314-317.

    FBI - Hate Crimes

    The FBI publishes hate crime statistics online at that can be used for examples. Students can explore these data for an assignment or activity.

    There are resources available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( regarding occupations, wages, and gender. An assignment or activity could involve students exploring the gender breakdown for various occupations and how the distribution has changed over the last 10-20 years.