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Wadiya A Udell
BISCP 343
Bothell Campus

Community Psychology

Examines the historical foundations, theory, methods, and practice that constitute the interdisciplinary field of community psychology. Students build upon an existing empirical knowledge base, including effective modes of community intervention, and examine the relevance of community psychology for addressing social problem.

Class description

This course provides an introduction to community psychology, focusing on theory, historical foundations, methods, and practice. In this course, you will learn about the basic theories and concepts that define community psychology while becoming familiar with examples of effective community action and research. You will have the opportunity to examine the potential relevance of community psychology for addressing major social problems.

Student learning goals

To be able to identify the main characteristics of the field of community psychology and explain its ecological orientation.

To understand more about the complexity of social problems through opportunities to think critically about social issues in discussions and assignments

To understand the relationship between community psychology and other branches of psychology, and public health

General method of instruction

Teaching methods include a mixture of lecture, large class discussion involving all participants, and small group discussions.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

There will be homework assignments based on readings. There will be a final paper based on a film. There will be four essay exams throughout the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Wadiya A Udell
Date: 01/30/2012