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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

PSY 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 AFA 102 ; credit is not given for both PSY 102 and AFA 102 .

Course Outcomes
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 Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking