Gender Theories

The assignment (3–5 pages):

  • Briefly describe the specific culture you selected, focusing on the gender roles of both males and the females.
  • Compare (similarities and differences) the gender roles in the culture you selected with the gender roles in your own culture. Use clear, concrete examples to make your comparisons.
  • Apply one of the following theories to explain the development of the male and the female role in each of the two cultures (your own and the culture you selected). Use clear, concrete examples to illustrate your points.
  • Discuss development of gender roles in at least three different areas of life (e.g., family, work, community, etc.)
  • Select your theory from the following:
    • Social Learning Theory
    • Cognitive Developmental Theory
    • Gender Schema Theory
    • Gender Script Theory
  • Finally, summarize your thoughts about how well your selected gender development theory explains gender development and why.

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