Psychology of Gender and Sexuality


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Course Overview

The Certificate in the Psychology of Gender and Sexuality focuses on gender and sexuality from a variety of theoretical perspectives in psychology. The course aims to give a critical understanding of the issues and key debates in the area and of how these debates have been influenced by research conducted across a range of sub-disciplines in psychology.

Some questions that will be examined are:

  • What are the political implications of studying gender?
  • Is there a difference between sex and gender?
  • How are men and women, and those who identify as non-binary, portrayed in the media?
  • How large are actual gender differences?
  • Where do gender differences come from?
  • To what extent is gender based on nature or nurture?
  • What is gender identity?
  • What do these approaches have to offer us in understanding our own gender and sexuality, our life experiences and our relationships?

The course delves into these debates with a thorough examination of areas where gender research has been prominent, such as power, leadership, self-concept, sexuality, and health. Participants will be encouraged to critically evaluate the topics covered and apply this analysis to their daily interactions and experiences with gender. The program also explores how the psychology of gender and sexuality intersects with contemporary issues like education, sex crimes, and body image, providing valuable insights for professionals dedicated to supporting and guiding young people.

Credits: 10 ECTS

Course Practicalities

Course will be delivered on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm online for 12 weeks.  Scheduled day may be subject to change.

Next course runs from 10th September – 3rd December 2024.

Closing Date for applications

8th August 2024

Course Content

Over the course of the Certificate, the learner will cover topics such as:

  • Overview of the biological paradigms of Gender and Sexuality
  • Social and Cultural paradigms in Gender and Sexuality
  • Perspectives in Psychology towards Sex and Gender
  • The challenges to mainstream approaches
  • Historical antecedents of Sex and Gender within Psychology
  • Applications of a critical approach to Gender and Sexuality

A more detailed outline of the Course Structure can be viewed here

Course Lecturer

Clare King is currently a Lecturer in Psychology in Carlow College, St Patrick’s. She holds a First-Class BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities, with a joint major in Psychology and Philosophy. On graduation, Clare was awarded the Carlow County Council Bursary Award for academic excellence- achieving firsts in every subject. Clare also holds an MSc in Psychology from DCU, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Clare has studied over 30 different psychology modules which has given her a solid understanding of the various branches within psychology and instilled in her a critical and multifaceted perspective. Her research interests include personality disorders, mental health stigma, perceived control, identity, and cyberpsychology.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.

Contact Details for Further Information


Please note our refund policy as follows

100% refund if student cancels before course registration

100% refund if course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers


If student cancels after registration/first week of course – full refund minus €50 administration fee

If student cancels after second week of course – no refund