Community and Liberation Psychology (PSY4382.01)

Özge Savaş

In this course, students will become familiar with the foundational texts of community and liberation psychology. We will read and discuss Latin American origins of Liberation Psychology using texts written by Ignacio Martin Baró, Paulo Freire and others, as well as the foundational decolonial texts that emerged from continental Europe such as ones written by Franz Fanon. We will then read feminist expansions of liberation theology by studying texts written by Lilian Comas Diaz, Geraldine Moane, and Brinton Lykes. This course will examine the theoretical and practical aspects of the relational, and cultural dynamics within communities. Students will develop decolonial feminist analytical muscles.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Explain the factors that led to the development of community psychology and how the field differs from other fields in psychology.
2. Understand and identify important values, methods, and frameworks in community psychology and how they differ from other subfields of psychology.
3. Develop an understanding of the effects of societal, cultural and environmental influences on psychological and community well-being.
4. Cultivate cultural humility, negative capability, understanding of boundaries, and other skills to work with communities of difference.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous coursework in Psychology, Anthropology, or Black Studies.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 10:00AM - 11:50AM & W 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Peace Studies , Psychology
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