This course, which is equally important for women and men, examines leadership and management from a gender-based perspective. Issues covered include leadership styles and their impact, understanding of power, conflict management, ethical decision making, workplace stereotypes, impact on policy making, differences in communication, and approaches to teamwork.
It is no mystery that men and women are biologically and behaviorally different, but the way these differences impact mental health has often gone unrecognized. Sex and gender have both been increasingly identified as significant factors in disease prevalence, expression of symptoms, and responses to treatment. As such, it is critical that we understand the influence of sex differences and the consequences of adopting a "one size fits all" approach to health care. Unfortunately, this understanding has historically been difficult, if not impossible, to achieve because most of the knowledge we have in this area is based on research conducted exclusively in males. This disproportionate focus on male data is slowly beginning to change, but there are still those who doubt whether the presence/impact of sex differences is significant enough to warrant further investigation. In this course, we explore this debate, focusing on the neurobiology, methodology, significant findings, and future implications of research on sex differences.
For those students who have taken GOVT E-1744, this course offers the opportunity to focus on related issues through a team-based problem-solving, simulation approach. Problems to be addressed are drawn from organizations working on women, peace, and security (WPS) implementation.