Oct 15, 2019
AFA 102 - Psychology of African Americans 3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
This course meets the Diversity Requirement.
Explore basic theoretical and philosophical perspectives in the field of African-American psychology. Review history of African Americans and impact of historical events on the psychological well-being of African Americans. Discuss racism and discrimination and its impact on the African-American family, the education and achievement of African Americans, African- American identity development and other pertinent issues relevant to the lifestyles of African Americans.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121 .
Crosslisted: Also offered as PSY 102 ; credit is not given for both AFA 102 and PSY 102 .
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Introduce the different theoretical perspectives and philosophies developed by African/African American psychologist.
- Define black psychology
- Discuss inferiority models and deficit-deficiency models.
- Compare the African centered world view and African American personality theory.
- Identify psychoanalysis and strain theory.
- Examine how slavery and other major historical events impacted the lifestyles, culture and mental health of African Americans.
- Discuss slavery and the era of Jim Crow.
- Identify Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education.
- Contrast the Civil Rights Movement vs. the Black Power Movement.
- Discuss the impacts of racism and institutional racism and its impact on the life of African Americans.
- Discuss the functioning of the African American family.
- Evaluate treatment of African Americans in the criminal justice system and in the workplace.
- Examine the political systems.
- Discuss the educational, medical and health systems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the process of African American identity development within mainstream culture.
- Identify African American development theories such as African American identity development theory, the Nigrescence Model, theories of black personality and African American self-concept theory.
- Discuss European American theories such as psychoanalysis theories, learning theories, cognitive theories and strain theory.
- Compare and contrast African American theories vs. European American theories.
- Identify issues specifically related to the African American woman’s existence in mainstream society.
- Discuss unequal treatment due to racism and sexism.
- Examine the unrealistic assimilation of African American women within mainstream society.
- Review unequal ratios between African American men and women and its affect on intimate relationships and the African American woman’s role as head of the household.
- Evaluate the African American woman’s place in the workforce.
- Identify issues relevant to the African American man’s existence in mainstream America.
- Identify unhealthy ego identify development and crime and violence as a survival mechanism.
- Describe the factors that are necessary in raising the level of consciousness in African Americans in order to develop a psychologically healthy perspective and well being.
- Examine the role of spirituality and mental health treatment in the progression of African Americans.
- Convey health identity development in African Americans.
- Compare and contrast Black Power Movement – past and present.
- Demonstrate activism on a community, familial, national and international level.
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking