Psy 423. Community Psychology
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
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:
Sonoma State University. We will explore the politics and
economics of Sonoma State University as a community with the goal of recommending
more effective curricular and extra-curricular services for students.
Roseland/Southwest Santa Rosa. This area has a high concentration
Service-Learning opportunties will be focused on community-based research,
community currency systems, and/or and serving as big brothers/sisters
for elemetary school children.
Low wage workers
High public safety costs (youth violence)
Self-Directed Education Workshop and Support Group. I am proposing
a workshop (possibly to be sponsored by the Associated Students) entitled
I Can't Get Classes, How Can I Get an Education?" The workshop
will explore the educational requirements of postmodern society, offer
students the opportunity to assess their own educational needs and resources,
and discuss portfolio-based strategies for documenting learning.
It will also offer a follow-up support group for students who wish to contract
for self-directed learning during the spring semester in order to receive
extension credit during the summer. Co-sponsors will be the Psychology
Learning Community and Skaggs Island Foundation. Payment for the
workshop and support group will be in Time Dollar Hours. Students
in the Community Psychology class can help facilitate this process as their
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.
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
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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