Psy 423. Community Psychology

4 units

Instructor:  Art Warmoth

Carson Hall 10
Tuesday, 1-3:40 + 1 unit service-learning contract

Catalog Course Description:  Community structure and processes in relation to human needs.  Organizing community action, and the role of the individual in social change.  Theories and strategies of organizing, building alliances, and affecting legislation and policy.

This semester:  We will explore topics ranging from the philosophical basis of politics and economics in our human ability to communicate to practical applications specific to community issues.  There will be weekly assignments for writing and oral reports and an end of the term report.

For the one unit service-learning requirement students will have the option to work in one of three community projects:


  • Selected essays by Arthur Warmoth, Ph.D.
  • Excerpts from the Greater Expectations report
  • Wendell Berry.  In the Presence of Fear
  • John Heider.  The Tao of Leadership
  • Michael Reber. “Community Learning Centers and Sustainability:  Reengineering Education for the 21st Century”
  • Politics of Trust Network documents
  • See the Snoopy Catalog for a list of recommended readings on reserve in the Library.

    Click here for the Reading & Assignment Calendar

    Click here for an overview of Student Writings

    Click here for our GLOSSARY


    Grading will be on the basis of a grading policy developed in class during the first half of the semester.  Service-learning and grading contracts will be due by March 16.  Click here for General Grading Criteria and Guidelines for Evaluation Contracts.

    Psychology Department Policy on Academic Honesty

    Disabilities. If you are a student with a documented disability and believe you may need academic accommodations for this course please be sure to see me during the first two weeks of the semester. Please note that you must be registered each semester with the DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES office in SALAZAR HALL, ex. 664-2677, to receive accommodation considerations.

    Students should review the above requirements, including the service-learning requirement, before deciding to take this class.
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