HD 2400

HD 2400

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2024-2025.

What counts as a community? How do communities shape who we are? How can we engage in action to transform the communities we are a part of? These questions guide our inquiry in this introductory community psychology course. Community psychology examines the interrelationship between individual wellbeing and the multiple social structures and contexts with which individuals interact. Community psychologists are united by a shared commitment to understanding individuals using a multidisciplinary perspective, including developmental psychology, education, and sociology. Beyond seeking to understand, community psychologists also emphasize values, applied and participatory research, and action to promote the well-being of entire communities from a strengths-based perspective. This lecture-based course will provide an overview of theory, research, and action in community psychology. We will focus on (a) essential community psychology theories, (b) methodological strategies for studying alongside communities, and (c) practical applications related to understanding social and environmental contexts as essential components of the human experience. Throughout the course, we will discuss the role of communities in shaping our understandings of diversity, equity, and social justice.   

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (CA-HE, D-HE)

Comments Recommended prerequisite: PSYCH 1101 or HD 1130 or equivalent.

Outcomes
  • Be able to explain the historical foundations of the field of community psychology.
  • Identify the epistemologies (ways of knowing) and principles that undergird community psychology.
  • Be able to read and critically think about current research in community psychology.
  • Critically assess how social and environmental contexts (e.g., families, media, communities) impact individuals' development and wellness. Apply contemporary theories and research to everyday experiences and life.
  • Begin to consider your role as a change agent in transforming societal inequity.

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Syllabi:
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PSYCH 2400

  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 11223 HD 2400   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person