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African American Psychology

The purpose of this course is to examine theoretical and empirical issues relating to the social psychological and psychological study of African-Americans. Specific attention will be given to: (1) traditional social psychological and non-traditional approaches (Afrocentric) to the study of African-Americans; (2) issues of measurement or assessment of the minority personality (e.g., testing bias, intelligence testing, etc.); (3) self-concept and developmental issues, such as cognition, self-esteem and racial identity (4), institutional effects such as the role of family and education in the social psychological study of African-Americans. Dr. Clovis L. White Oberlin College View Syllabus

Diversity, Oppression, & Social Justice

This course focuses on issues of diversity, oppression and social justice. It is designed to prepare social work students to be knowledgeable of people’s biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, disability and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students will learn about diverse cultures, family structure, roles, immigration and assimilation experiences of marginalized groups. Students will also learn about the influence of dominant culture on these diverse and marginalized (population at risk) groups. Wayne State University View Syllabus

Feminist Psychology of Women

Feminist Psychology of Women: You are not expected to be a feminist or to espouse a feminist political perspective and my goal will not be to “convert” you to feminism. However, it is difficult to possess a solid grasp of the field of psychology without understanding the feminists’ responses to various core issues and empirical research. This course is designed for students who wish to explore issues related to women’s lives and experiences through analyzing research studies through active and respectful discourse. Why is this important? Since nearly the beginning of psychology as a discipline, feminist psychologists (e.g., Karen Horney, Jean Baker Miller) have intensely scrutinized and criticized the field for its androcentric focus. In the last few decades, feminist psychologists have tried to correct these biases by placing women at the center of inquiry, both as researchers and objects of study. As a result, psychology is undergoing transformation to…