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    Goucher College
  Oct 24, 2017
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue
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PSY 226 - Relational Psychology (4 Cr.)

Moving away from a framework of psychological research, theory, and evaluation that unduly values objectivity, independence, and personal achievement, students explore collaboratively the ramifications of a psychology that places human relationship, connection, community, and care at the center of psychological health and development, where mutual empowerment and empathy, rather than separation from others, are the goals. This feminist, antiracist, and critical psychology recognizes the powerful impact of the sociocultural context in impeding mutuality, and provides an interpretive framework for understanding and reshaping culture, lives, and theory. Specific topics vary from year to year, but include the following: the works of Carol Gilligan, the relational psychology of Jean Baker Miller and the Stone Center, the psychology of gender (e.g., girls’ development, the construction of masculinity), the psychology of oppression, and relational classrooms and environments. Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) course. Community Based Learning course. Prerequisite: PSY 105  or PSY 111 (inactive) or sophomore standing. Spring semester. Pringle.

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