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ERIC Number: ED438966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 16
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Development of a Course in Chicano/Latino Psychology: An Academic Odyssey. JSRI Occasional Paper No. 49. Latino Studies Series.
McNeill, Brian W.
This paper describes the development of a course in Chicano/Latino psychology by a professor of a mixed Chicano and Anglo ethnic background at Washington State University. The course objectives include: examination of the current psychosocial literature related to Chicano/Latino populations; issues of acculturation and ethnic identity; the relationship of these variables to underutilization of psychological services; culturally appropriate counseling models and strategies for intervention; and the current sociopolitical environment including issues of racism, ethnocentrism, and political power. The professor's personal narrative portrays the academic politics, resistance, and barriers encountered in the effort to gain approval as a permanent course. These were the result of ethnocentric/racist assumptions that there was not enough literature to warrant a course in Chicano/Latino Psychology, and reflected the overall neglect and negative attitudes towards the Chicano/Latino community. Recommendations are offered for overcoming the maze of academic politics. An appendix presents course objectives, course requirements, grading/evaluation, texts, readings, and topics/assignments. (Contains 27 references.) (TD)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.