Psych 190: Love, Sex, and Power in Cultural Context
Time: M/W 1:30-2:45
Location: CL 243
Psychology 190 is an integrative survey of current issues and viewpoints in psychology, and examines the development of current perspectives, and likely future directions. This course will explore psychological research and theory related to intimate violence. In specific, we will examine the etiology of family/intimate violence and responses to such violence in different cultures around the world. This course emphasizes “local” manifestations of “global” cultures through an exploration and comparative analysis of violence in indigenous, refugee, and immigrant communities in the United States. Using a community psychology paradigm, we will examine the ways in which cultural values, beliefs, and practices play a key role in both risk and protective factors for violence. Students will gain insight into the science of prevention, a key aspect of community psychology, by critically reviewing state-of-the art research pertaining to the development, manifestation, and deterrence of family violence in a variety of cultural contexts. As a community psychology course, this class will involve taking action based on the material you have learned in class. Toward that end, you will have the opportunity to provide scripted violence prevention workshops in various settings such as University classes, local K-12 schools, and youth programs.
Revised Psych 190 Greensheet April 2012