Spring 2005

Classroom: GC 272

Class Time: T 6:25 - 9:05 PM.

INSTRUCTOR: Marvin Dunn, Ph.D.

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Graduate Assistant: Melissa Shuman

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This course is a Senior Lab in Community Psychology.  It involves a field placement in a community agency doing supervised work with those served by the agencies in which we offer internship placement.

The field placement is eight hours per week (sixteen in the summer sessions) at the agency where one is placed and an additional fifteen-hour service project at the agency.  This project will be determined in conjunction with the instructor, the site supervisor, and the student.  In addition, each student will be required to keep a journal documenting their experiences at their site placement.  This journal should contain the student's reflections, thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the work they are doing at their field internship.


A key feature of what community psychologists do is work with the ecology of communities.  Toward that end, each student works in the Overtown Community Garden for a total of thirty-five hours throughout the semester, generally for seven hours on five Saturdays, from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, or for the CHS students on Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM..


Another important feature of community psychology is understanding the community one  works with.  One of the required texts, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century, is a key source of information in this regard.  The mid-term exam is drawn extensively from this book.  The day of the mid-term the class goes on a tour of Miami, which allows each student to see first hand the material discussed in the book.


In addition, the other text, Community Psychology, will be utilized to provide the student background and understanding of the discipline of community psychology in a broader academic sense.  Material from this book will also be covered on the mid-term exam as well as the final exam.




 Dunn, Marvin., Black Miami in the Twentieth Century, University Press of Florida,     1997.


 Duffy, Karen Grover, Wong, Frank Y., Community Psychology, 3rd edition,

Allyn & Bacon, 2000.      


Grading Policies: Your final grade is a product of the grade you receive at your internship site, which counts 50% of your final grade, and the average of the grade you receive on your site project, the garden work, your journal, the mid-term exam, attending the tour, and the final exam, which accounts for the 50% of your grade.



                            COURSE SCHEDULE



January 11 - First class meeting



Feb 1 - Second Class Meeting, History of Miami

                       Duffy, Wong Chapter 1

                       Journals Due

February 22- Third Class Meeting

                          Dunn, Chapters 1-8 Review

                          Journals Due

Last day to turn in Project Proposals,

   Duffy, Wong, Chapters 3 and 4




March 15 - Journals Due, Mid- Term Review,

March 29 - Mid-Term Exam


April 1 - Class Tour, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


April 12 - Fifth Class Meeting

                          Duffy, Wong, Chapter 5, 6, and 13,

                          Journals Due


April 19 - Sixth Class Meeting, Final Exam distributed, Class Evaluations


April 26 - Final Class Meeting

                 Project Logs Due, Project and Final Grades from Supervisor due

                  Journals Due, Final Exam Due


The Community Garden is Located on N.W. 14st and 3rd Ave. in Overtown.





nPlease, when you write your journals, leave two spaces between sentences.  This makes you look like you passed the Gordon rule requirements and your English classes.  Also, when using “quotation marks,” make sure that periods and commas are included within the “marks,” understand?  This is proper English usage in writing.