Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: AAP                                     Course Number: 245                                    
Course Title: Psychology of the African-American Family
Subject: African American Psychology
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course will examine and critique critical psychological theories and research that address various forms of the African-American family. There will be an overview of the political, cultural and economic factors that have contributed to both the forms and functions of the African-American family over the past four hundred years. Students will also closely examine current family forms such as extended family, single parent families and nuclear families. We will also discuss the role that both resident and non-resident fathers play, the challenges of gender and also the role of education. Students will utilize material from diverse data sets including census data, various theoretical approaches and personal experiences to develop an appreciation of the psychological dynamics of various forms of African-American family life.

Prerequisite: ENG 101, and ETH 123 or ETH 125.
  • 3 lecture hours.

Start Date:    12/11/2009                         End Date:    05/15/2012