Psychology and Social Change: A Critical Social Psychology Perspective

Open—Spring

What does psychology have to do with social change and social justice? This course explores the history, theories, methods, and practices of social psychology from the legacy of liberation psychology to the work of contemporary critical psychologists. The course will introduce interdisciplinary frameworks to understand social psychological constructs, including: self, consciousness, identity, power, social group, social structure, human agency, and social movements. With an emphasis on the intersection of psychology and social change, students will be familiarized with theories and scientific methods that examine issues of social (in)justice and encouraged to further investigate, from a social psychological lens, sociopolitical topics related to race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation.