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Community Psychology Understanding Communities

Learn about community psychology and how it views social problems in this free online psychology course.

Free Course
In this free online course you will learn about community psychologists who view social problems as being due to the unequal distribution of resources, which causes poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and crime. Start the course today and learn how community psychology shifts the power dynamics so that community members provide unique points of view about barriers that need to be overcome in working toward social justice.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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The free online course Community Psychology - Understanding Communities is about the work of community psychologists who help communities throw off the chains of oppression, and help communities empower themselves.

The course teaches you about the diversity that can be encountered in a community, and the impact of identities on communities and social issues. Next, the course discusses oppression and power, including the psychological implications that oppression can have on people and communities. You will learn about what power is and how oppression and power are often the two sides of the same coin. You will learn about action strategies for dismantling oppression and power, and the systems used to maintain oppression and power.

Finally, you will learn about levels of empowerment, and how it can be difficult to empower those who have been oppressed as the oppressors often create privileges for themselves at the expense of oppressed people. You will learn about Empowerment Process Model by Fabricio Balcazar and Yolanda Suarez Balcazar. So start this free course today and learn valuable skills about community psychology and how it can help communities overcome oppression.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss cultural humility as an approach to diversity
  • Identify and define dimensions of diversity
  • Recognize the complexity of identity
  • Identify important cultural considerations for working within diverse communities
  • Discuss the concepts and theories of oppression and power
  • Describe the intersection of oppression and power
  • Identify strategies used by community psychologists and allies to address oppression and power
  • List the different levels of empowerment
  • Discuss how we can contribute to power redistribution
  • Identify ways to take action to make changes in communities


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