Women Changing the World: Psychology of Political Activism

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psy374x-about_page_image-318x210aSmith College is organizing an EdX free political psychology course starting on March 14, 2016 , hope that you and other feminists that you know might be very interested to learn what motivates prominent women such as Gloria Steinem, Loretta Ross, and others to become involved in activism.

Through rich, interactive case studies in a seven-week exploration you will meet prominent women activists who were engaged in efforts and movements in the U.S. from the 1960s through the 1990s including the Civil Rights Movement, the LGBTQ Movement, and the Reproductive Justice Movement.

Have you ever wanted to change the world? In this political psychology course, you will analyze some of the psychological theories that help explain what leads people to want to change society.

You will learn to:

  • Explore some of the important theoretical foundations, empirical findings, research methods, and applications of political psychology
  • Apply psychological theories to understand people’s motivations for becoming politically active
  • Analyze primary source materials and learn why archival preservation is critical for the visibility of women’s stories

Within EDX online community people discuss and debate how psychological theories can explain these activists’ motivations, discover where the theories are and are not applicable, and collaboratively create new understandings and analyses.

You can find all the details here: Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World – https://www.edx.org/course/psychology-political-activism-women-smithx-psy374x

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