PSYC1320 Psychology of Trauma

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 5 - History/Social, Behavioral Sciences. This course provides an overview of the psychology of trauma. Topics include a review of acute stress and trauma, a historical perspective, and the impact on individuals, families, and communities. The course also includes education on related psychological disorders and treatment, current trends and research, as well as what communities are doing for prevention. This course is of particular interest for people who are pursuing a field where they'll be working with traumatized individuals or who want to understand more about the topic.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding about research and the scientific methods used in the study of psychology.
  • Evaluate current research in the field of acute stress and trauma.
  • Describe cultural and historical perspectives regarding traumatic events and individual, family, and community responses to trauma.
  • Explain the historical and cultural changes to trauma treatment.
  • Describe current psychological disorders and critique treatment perspectives related to trauma.
  • Analyze the different theoretical approaches in psychology used to understand trauma, and the effects traumatic events have on people.
  • Evaluate society's response to trauma and traumatic events.
  • Discuss and develop solutions for community awareness and prevention strategies.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other