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PSY 106 - Psychology of African Americans

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course presents the psychological principles shaping the personality of African Americans. The course includes a critique of the applicability of theories and measures across societal and culture gropus such as “traditional” statistics, racial myths, discriminatory thinking and behavior. Analysis of attitudes and behaviors which develop in non-prejudiced and prejudicial socio-economic, educational and political systems and ways to counteract them are reviewed. This course emphasizes proactive African-American leadership and the lifestyle of individual African Americans and their community.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define appropriate theoretical and research approaches dealing with psychological assumptions about African-American personality.
  2. Compare and contrast the effects of historical and current social/cultural events on African-American personality.
  3. Analyze the effects of proactive African-American religious, philosophical, economic and political initiatives.
  4. Summarize the processes and effects of discriminatory thinking and behavior.
  5. Define ethical principles of research.
  6. Compare the ethics of ethnocentrism by racial or ethnic group.
Listed Topics
  1. Theoretical and research perspectives and ethical principles of research
  2. African and African-American slavery, holocaust and its effects on personality development
  3. African-American roots of religious and philosophical thought
  4. African-American economic, educational and political organizations and initiatives
  5. African-American liberation from mental slavery
  6. The process of discriminatory thinking and behavior and their effects
  7. African-American leadership and challenges
  8. African-American culture, identity and social change
Reference Materials
Currently recognized texts, videos, handouts, internet resources and library resources.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019

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