Community Psychology

The Master Program in Community Psychology aspires to:

Provide a more comprehensive combined level of training in understanding the causes of psychological well-being and unwanted psychological conditions,

To implement a wider range of  culturally and socio-politically specific intervention measures and strategies which are needed to promote more positive lives for people, and

To develop clinical and research skills defining health along a broad continuum of mental and physical well-being that extends beyond the simple absence of pathology or disease, but  rather places a particular focus on understanding the interactive role  of environmental influences on psychological well-being.   

  • To prepare graduates for the continuation of their education into the doctoral level in psychology and relevant fields.
  • To contribute to Birzeit University’s involvement in local community development, well being and empowerment.
  • To develop and establish a high quality research program at Birzeit University that combines theory and previous research with context specific issues in Palestine.
  • To establish joint community psychology research projects involving Palestinian and international faculty members and graduate students, focusing on the Palestinian context as well as cross- cultural studies.

To graduate psychologists equipped with a multi-disciplinary knowledge and approach, for working in local communities, schools, organizations, and hospitals.

  • Supervisors for school counselors.
  • Hospitals, community centers, nursing homes, and youth organizations
  • Non-government organizations targeting marginalized communities and community intervention.
  • Centers for battered women and abused children.
Program Requirements
  • Applicants will be required to take a level test in the English language, assessing their need to take a supplementary course for improving their reading and comprehension skills in English.
  • If the applicant’s BA degree is not in psychology, the Program Committee has the right to specify one or more remedial courses in psychology to be completed by the applicant.
  • The completion of not less than 38 credit hours, divided as follows:

 

1. Compulsory courses:(24 credit hours)

Course No

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

CPSY630

Introduction to Community Psychology

 

CPSY631

Community Intervention Strategies 

CPSY630

CPSY632

Quantitative Research Methods

 

CPSY633

Qualitative Research Methods

 

CPSY634

Palestinian Society: Culture and Mental Health

 

CPSY635

Child and Adolescent Development in War Environment

 

CPSY636

Applied Social Psychology

 

CPSY637

Individual and Small Group Interventions

CPSY631

Note: All students must one of the methodology courses (CPSY632, CPSY633) within the first 15 credit hours they register to.

 

Elective courses: (6 credit hours)

Course No

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

CPSY730

Educational Community Psychology

 

CPSY731

Psychology and Gender Differences

 

CPSY732

Ethnopsychology

 

CPSY734

Special Topics in Community Psychology

 

 

3. Compulsory fieldwork and praxis courses: 2 credit hours consisting of the following courses:

Course No

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

CPSY601

Professional Ethics Seminar

 

CPSY811

Practicum 1

 

CPSY812

Practicum 2

 

 

4. Track A / Track B:6 credit hours; either as thesis writing (Track A) or the two following seminars:

Course No

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

CPSY860

Thesis

CPSY632CPSY633

CPSY830

Seminar 1

CPSY632CPSY633

CPSY831

Seminar 2

CPSY632CPSY633