This course aims to provide the theoretical and practical knowledge related to the factors underpinning the psychological needs and experience of people of African descent, through interdisciplinary scholarship, research, and experiential learning. It will provide you with the critical lenses necessary to assess mental health from a Black perspective, an understanding of various race theories, and a firm grasp of the psychological, socio-economic and historical factors contributing to psychological distress and associated race inequality. As such, this course will be of interest not only to aspiring clinicians and social scientists; but also to those interested in well-being, justice, equality, and social change. Finally, the course aims to equip you with the skills to engage in anti-oppressive and liberatory practices transferrable to other marginalised groups and settings. Effecting change and disseminating knowledge are central to the course; relevant opportunities to do so have been incorporated into class requirements.
On completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Critique various models of psychological health and healing from a Black perspective
- Examine the impact of Eurocentrism and Whiteness on relational and social configurations and reflect on their own positionality
- Evaluate the importance of the social, political, and historical forces in shaping the psychological and structural worlds of both marginalised and dominant groups
- Outline the necessity of liberatory and anti-oppressive practice for all marginalised groups
- Gain practical experience in knowledge dissemination by applying basic principles related to research design, data analysis, and interpretation in written communication
SU African American Studies majors and minors: Counts as AAS elective credit.
Department: African American Studies