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2820 Syllabus 2011 (1)

2820 Syllabus 2011 (1) - 1 Psychology/HD2820 Autumn2011...

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1 Psychology/HD 2820 Harry Segal, Ph.D. Autumn 2011 Senior Lecturer Cornell University Room 222 Uris Hall phone: 255-6434 email: [email protected]     office hours:  Tuesdays 2:45-4:30   Community Outreach How a society takes care of its less fortunate citizens has been the focus of community psychologists, sociologists,  religious leaders and human service providers for much of this century. Indeed, these past hundred years have  brought a transformation of insane asylums (complete with chains) to brief hospitalizations with patient’s rights  preserved; from a world with no safety net to one with complex bureaucracies which pay for medical care, food,  and shelter for many who need it; from a world where only the rich saw “alienists” to one where mental health  agencies exist in every county. Although the funding for these services, and the quality of service they provide,  varies from place to place, nevertheless, such agencies and programs exist -- a radical departure from the 19 th  century (and all centuries before). How do these agencies work? What are their programs? How do they carry them out, and which questions of  ethics and legality do they face each day?  As agencies and programs have developed over the past fifty years, the academic field of Community Psychology  emerged as well, providing methods for assessing community problems, interventions for treating those problems,  and ways to assess the effectiveness of the interventions. This course delves into the nuts and bolts of community  psychology research, its philosophical underpinnings as well as its enduring findings, while also exploring recent  articles tackling psychopathologies associated with rural and urban poverty.
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