UO Psychology 610 Graduate Course
History, Systems, and Social Justice
Instructor Jennifer Freyd
Instructor: Professor Jennifer Freyd
Office: 477 Straub
Office Hrs: TBD
Overview: This graduate level course will educate graduate students in psychology about the intellectual and social history of psychology while also considering the implications for social justice. In addition to learning about concepts and facts, the course will emphasize critical thinking about both our history and our current situation. In our critical analysis we will draw especially on theories of historiography and intersectionality.
Course Work: Students will be expected to attend all class meetings,
do all assigned readings, and to participate actively in class discussion.
In addition, each student will provide two class presentations and lead discussion following the presentation. The presentations will be about 20 minutes long and include key ideas and information from the readings. Also the discussion leader will email out a list of discussion questions by the Tuesday at noon
before the Thursday class. By the Monday at noon following the class, the student leading discussion
will email to the class a document including the discussion questions, the presentation
materials/lecture notes, and notes capturing important discussion points from class. In addition, each student will submit to the instructor the ppt file associated with the presentation. Final course grade will be based on participation across the term (30%) and the presentations/discussion leading and related materials (70%).
Pickren, W.A. & Rutherford, A. (2010). A History of Modern Psychology in Context. Wiley.
(Students can purchase a new or used copy of this book or read it online through the UO library.)
Weekly Reading Assignments
Week 1, September 28
Focus Issues: Intersectionality, Psychology & Resisting Torture
- Crenshaw, K. W. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A Black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. University of Chicago Legal Forum, 139–67.
- Levin, B.E. (2015). The 10 most egregious U.S. abuses of psychology and psychiatry, Salon, Sep 29, 2015
- Arfken, M. & Yen, J. (2014) Psychology and Social Justice: Theoretical and Philosophical Engagements, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology,
- Danziger, K. (2013). Psychology and its history. Theory Psychology, 23, 829-839. doi:10.1177/0959354313502746
- Hays, P. A. (2007). Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy (2 edition.). Amer Psychological Assn. Chapters 1-4.
Week 2, October 5
Focus Issues: Psychology Collusion with and Resistance to "Mind Control" Experiments
- Pickren & Rutherford, Chapters 1 & 2
- Gomez, J.M., Smith, C.P, Gobin, R.L., Tang, S.S., & Freyd, J.J. (2016). Collusion, Torture, and Inequality: Understanding the Actions of the American Psychological Association as Institutional Betrayal [Editorial]. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 17, 527–544.
- Pope, K. (2016). The Code Not Taken: The Path From Guild Ethics to Torture and Our Continuing Choices, Canadian Psychology / Psychologie canadienne, 57, 51–59.
- Else-Quest, N.M. &
Hyde, J.S. (2016). Intersectionality in Quantitative Psychological Research I. Theoretical and Epistemological Issues. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40, 155-170.
- Also see reflections to Else-Quest & Hyde Part I and author's response, pages 171 to 183 of Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40.
Week 3, October 12
Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling and Resisting Authoritarian Schooling and Pathologizing Non Compliance
- Pickren & Rutherford, Chapters 3 & 4
- Thomas, N.K. (2016). “We Didn’t Know”: Silence and Silencing in Organizations. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207284.2016.1176489
- Torres-Harding, S.R., Siers, B., Olson, B.D. (2012). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Social Justice
American Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 77–88.
- Torres-Harding, S.R., Steele, C., Schultz, E., Taha, F., Pico, C. (2014). Student perceptions of social justice and social justice activities, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 9, 55-66. doi: 10.1177/1746197914520655
Week 4, October 19
Due Week 4: Final project proposal is due on Tuesday October 18.
Focus Issues: Ethics in Psychology
- Pickren & Rutherford, Chapters 5 & 6
- Birrell, P.J. (2006). An ethic of possibility: Relationship, risk, and presence. Ethics and Behavior, 16, 95 – 115.
- Pearlman, L.M. (2012). Moral dimensions of trauma therapies. In
Mikulincer, Mario (Ed); Shaver, Phillip R. (Ed). The social psychology of morality: Exploring the causes of good and evil, (pp. 311-326). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/13091-017
Week 5, October 26
Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling and Resisting Sexism and Homophobia
- Pickren & Rutherford, Chapters 7 & 8
- Else-Quest, N.M. &
Hyde, J.S. (2016). Intersectionality in Quantitative Psychological Research II. Methods and Techniques. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40, 319-336.
- Also see reflections to Else-Quest & Hyde Part II and author's response, pages 337-352 of Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40.
- Balsam, K.F., Molina, Y., Beadnell, B., Simoni, J., & Walters, K. (2011). Measuring multiple minority stress: The LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale.
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 163-174. http://dx.doi.org.libproxy.uoregon.edu/10.1037/a0023244
Week 6, November 2
Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling or Resisting Genocide of Indigenous Populations
Week 7, November 9
Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Controlling or Helping Discarded Populations
- Pickren & Rutherford, Chapters 11
- Gómez, J. M., Lewis, J. K, Noll, L. K., Smidt, A. M., & Birrell, P. J.
(2016). Shifting the focus: Nonpathologizing approaches to healing from betrayal trauma through an emphasis on relational care, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 17, 165-185.
- Bloom, S.L. (2016).
Advancing a national cradle-to-grave-to-cradle public health agenda, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 17, 383–396.
Week 8, November 16
Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling or Resisting Dehumanizing Employment
- Pickren & Rutherford, Chapter 12
- Pope, K.S., (2015).
Steps to Strengthen Ethics in Organizations: Research Findings, Ethics Placebos, and What Works, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 16, 139–152.
- Simola, S. (2016). Fostering Collective Growth and Vitality Following Acts of Moral Courage. The Journal of Business Ethics, First Online: 12 January 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-016-3014-0
Week 9, November 23
- Due Week 9: Final Project due on Wednesday November 22
- No class due to Thanksgiving,
- No readings
Week 10, November 30
Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling or Resisting Subjugation of African Americans
- Pickren & Rutherford, Chapter 13
- Gómez, J. M. (2014). Ebony in the ivory tower: Dismantling the stronghold of racial inequality from the inside out. In K. J.
Fasching-Varner, R. Reynolds, K. Albert, & L. Martin, (Eds.), Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong (pp. 113-117).
Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
- Gómez, J. M. (2015). Microaggressions and the enduring mental health disparity: Black Americans at risk for institutional betrayal. Journal of Black Psychology, 41, 121–143. doi: 10.1177/00957798413514608
- Reidel, J. (2016) Study Shows Racial Disparities in Promotion of Mental Health Services: Therapists more likely to call back 'Allison' than 'Lakisha' with messages encouraging future services, University of Vermont News Services, 10-11-2016.
That's All; Happy Holidays!