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APSY 3310 Contemporary Issues in Applied Psychology and Human Development (Fall/Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This advanced undergraduate seminar introduces participants to theory and research from critical, cultural and liberation psychologies as resources for exploring the gendered and racialized politics and procedures that have shaped developmental psychological knowledge and its applications in the U.S. and beyond. We begin with narratives from all too frequently marginalized children and youth living in the majority world/global South and in minoritized communities in the U.S. to amplify their voices towards documenting how their lived experiences and meaning-making processes can inform psychological knowledge construction. Drawing on readings from liberation, cultural and critical psychological theory and research as well as indigenous knowledge(s) and human rights conventions (e.g., the Universal Declaration on the Rights of the Child), we will hone critical and analytic skills to historically situate and deconstruct developmental psychology. Discussions will include the contributions and challenges facing children and youth organizing both locally and globally to decolonize dominant assumptions about “the child” through social analysis of and resistance to the causes of their marginalization and oppression towards transformative social change.

Instructor(s): Brinton Lykes

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 04-Apr-18