Rubye Elizabeth Thomas
Provides the opportunity to apply concepts from BIS 343 in a relevant organizational setting, to engage in a meaningful community-based intervention or research project, and to critically reflect on the project as it is conceived and carried out. Prerequisite: BIS 343.
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This course provides students the opportunity to apply concepts from the core course in the Community Psychology Option in a relevant organizational setting, to engage in a meaningful community-based intervention and/or research project, and to critically reflect on this community project as it is conceived and carried out.
While much of the learning in this class is experiential and takes place outside of the classroom, preparation for and active contributions to class meetings are critical to success in the course. Topics for reading and reflection include ecological and strengths-based perspectives in community psychology, the role of the professional helper, problem definition and problem solving, and organizational and community processes.
Student learning goals
At the end of the course, students will have developed greater competence working with multiple stakeholders and problem solving in a complex organizational context. Students will have a clearer understanding of how to build capacity for individual, organizational, and social change as well as the limits and challenges faced in these efforts. Students will also have a better understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for future academic and applied work in community settings.
General method of instruction
This course requires students to develop and participate in a project with a community-based organization. This course will require a commitment of approximately 5 hours per week at a field site away from the UWB campus.
Class assignments and grading
Grades will be based on class participation, project performance, and written assignments (including weekly reports, midterm report, and final report).