Decolonial Psychology

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Decolonial Psychology
Spring 2023
Taught By: Thomas Vance
Section: A

CRN: 10958

Credits: 3

The discipline of psychology is rooted in Western notions of modernity that privilege Eurocentric values and practices, such as individualism, heteropatriarchy, and the objectivity of scientific endeavors (Dudgeon, and Walker 2015). Western paradigms of psychology tend to deny, silence, or assimilate alternative forms of knowledges that do not conform to Western values (Groot, Grice, and Nikora 2018). Furthermore, psychology primarily draws its conclusions from studies of WEIRD samples (Western, European, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic). This sample represents 12% of the world’s population (Henrich et al., 2010). In an attempt to diversify and decolonize our psychological thinking, this course will explore Western psychology’s paradigms and how they influence the design, analyses, interpretation, and publication of research studies worldwide – as well as the understanding of psychological distress and clinical practice. It will also serve as an introduction to Indigenous Psychologies (IP), African-centered psychology and other systems of knowledge and wisdom based on non-western paradigms that originate in cultures worldwide. Drawing on these approaches the course will also highlight how to deconstruct psychological phenomena within political, economic, historical, philosophical, religious, cultural, and ecological contexts. Here, individual psychologies are understood in the collective sense and as part of broader systems (of inequality) that structure daily life. This course invites students to decolonize psychological thinking for a more robust, inclusive and anti-oppressive approach, when it comes to theory, research, teaching and clinical practice.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:52pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023