UO Psychology 610 Graduate Course

Fall 2017

History, Systems, and Social Justice

Instructor Jennifer Freyd

Syllabus (Tentative)

CRN: 16387
Credits: 3
Thursdays 2:00-4:50
257 Straub

Instructor: Professor Jennifer Freyd
Office: 477 Straub
e-mail: jjf@uoregon.edu
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%).

Required Book:

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

Core Readings:

Recommended Readings:

Week 2, October 5

Discussion Leader:

Focus Issues: Psychology Collusion with and Resistance to "Mind Control" Experiments

Readings:

 

Week 3, October 12

Discussion Leader:

Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling and Resisting Authoritarian Schooling and Pathologizing Non Compliance

Readings:

 

Week 4, October 19

Discussion Leaders:

Focus Issues: Ethics in Psychology

Special Guest on October 20: Pamela Birrell, PhD

Readings:

 

Week 5, October 26

Discussion Leader:

Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling and Resisting Sexism and Homophobia

Readings:

 

Week 6, November 2

Discussion Leader:

Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling or Resisting Genocide of Indigenous Populations

Readings:

 

Week 7, November 9

Discussion Leader:

Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Controlling or Helping Discarded Populations

Readings:

 

Week 8, November 16

Discussion Leader:

Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling or Resisting Dehumanizing Employment

Readings:

 

Week 9, November 23

 

Week 10, November 30

Discussion Leader:

Focus Issues: Psychology's Role in Enabling or Resisting Subjugation of African Americans

Readings:

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That's All; Happy Holidays!