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Community Psychology

Code 11784
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 5
Workload T(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Psychology
Entry requirements NA
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements NA
Learning outcomes To know how to assess and intervene in different community contexts according to Community Psychology principles is the main objective of the curricular unit. Learning outcomes: Competences in understanding the object of Community Psychology within an inter and multidisciplinary frame; Ability to distinguish and integrate processes of community assessment, prevention and intervention; Competences in community assessment issues; Ability to identify and characterize community prevention settings in a strengths-based approach; Theoretical competences in community intervention within different ecological levels of analysis; Competences in analysing and developing community intervention and assessing projects in complex and unfamiliar settings; Critical analysis skills as well as integration and application of scientific information; Ability to self-directed learning and time management; Ability to communicate orally and in writing; Reflective, self-critical and decision-making abilities.
Syllabus 1. Theoretical-conceptual clarification, definition and framing of the areas of operation and the guiding principles of Community Psychology. Fundamental principles of Community Psychology. Ecological approach to community assessment and intervention. 2. Community evaluation process: from planning to setting community intervention priorities. 3.Prevention and community intervention: approaches oriented to the promotion of health and well-being. Community prevention and social change campaigns. 4. Participation and empowerment: strategies at different ecological levels. Definition and articulation of concepts. Ecological empowerment theory. Community development. 5. Psychological sense of community and social support networks.a. Mutual help and sense of community: characteristics, procedures and contexts.
Main Bibliography Cruz-Sousa, F. (2002). Introduccion a la psicologia comunitaria. CCS
Duffy, K. G. & Wong, F. Y. (2003). Community psychology (3rd ed.). Allyn and Bacon.
Maton, K. I., Schellenbach, C. J. Leadbeater, B. & Solarz A. L. (Eds.) (2004). Investing in children, youth, families and communities: Strengths-based research and policy. APA
Orford, J. (2002). Community psychology: Theory and practice Jonh Wiley & Sons
Ornelas, J. (2008). Psicologia comunitária. Fim de Século
Rappaport, J. & Seidman, E. (Eds.) (2000). Handbook of community psychology. Kluwer Academic
Sánchez-Vidal, A. (2007) Manual de Psicología Comunitária: Un enfoque integrado. Ediciones Pirámide
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Theoretical contact sessions: Lecture.
Theoretical-practical contact sessions: individual and group analysis of theoretical and theoretical-practical documents; individual and group analysis of case studies; lesson planning and presentation.
Tutorial orientation contact sessions: student guidance in the completion of theoretical and practical work; student orientation towards the achievement of theoretical and practical activities; discussion and clarification of issues raised by students.
Evaluation strategies: Individual test for theoretical knowledge evaluation; Written theoretical-practical assignment which incorporates the following two phases (with further discussion on theoretical-practical classes): Planning/structuring or critically analysing a community intervention project. Theoretical-practical work classification will depend on participation in theoretical and practical activities.

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-25

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