Academics at Prescott College

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Concentration:
Critical Psychology

Concentration:
Critical Psychology

The primary foundational concepts, which strongly inform critical psychology (and which distinguishes critical psychology from mainstream psychology), are its emphasis on power, wellbeing, oppression and liberation. Critical psychology is committed to promulgating social justice, the welfare of communities (particularly oppressed communities), and the eradication of injustices and inequities proffered by current social, economic and political systems. Moreover, critical psychologists believe that power and interests strongly affect our understanding and definition of the human experience, and as such, use their power to study power.

Ultimately, critical psychological theories maintain that when collective factors such as social justice and access to valued resources combine with a sense of community and personal empowerment, there is an increased likelihood that psychological and political well-being will result. Students of critical psychology question valued assumptions on which the field of psychology is based, and apply the concepts of critical psychology to psychological inquiry, research methods, and clinical practice.