Community Psychology

Instructor Name: 
Greg Townley
Course Description: 

(Note: This is a two term Capstone (winter and spring), and is three credits per term.

This course focuses on applications of basic psychological knowledge and methods to community problems. Students join a work team providing consultation to a community organization or agency. Students have an opportunity to choose from a number of field projects in cooperation with community agencies engaged in social service in the fields of health, education, corrections, welfare, and others. Projects result in products of value to community agencies such as program evaluations, climate studies or volunteer recruitment videos. Students develop consultation and group skills, work collaboratively with community partners, and learn about the field of community psychology.

Goals of Community Psychology:

  • Inquiry and Critical Thinking - Students will learn various modes of inquiry through interdisciplinary curricula—problem-posing, investigating, conceptualizing—in order to become active, self-motivated, and empowered learners.
  • Communication - Students will enhance their capacity to communicate in various ways—writing, graphics, numeracy, and other visual and oral means—to collaborate effectively with others in group work, and to be competent in appropriate communication technologies.
  • The Diversity of Human Experience - Students will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of the rich complexity of the human experience through the study of differences in ethnic and cultural perspectives, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility - Students will expand their understanding of the impact and value of individuals and their choices on society, both intellectually and socially, through group projects and collaboration in learning communities.
Project Description: 

For the Winter and Spring 2019 capstone, we will be working with Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue to interview participants about their experiences in restorative justice surrogate dialogues and EMERJ-SafeNow to develop an equity training for their organization.