Neoliberalism and the Effects on Social Psychology (1 CE)
This course is for: Clinical Psychologist, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists
Course By: Tracey Thomas, PsyD
Content By: Gjorgjioska, M. A., & Tomic, A., (2019). The crisis in social psychology under neoliberalism: Reflections from social representations theory, Journal of Social Science, 1 (75), 169-188.
Course Description: Social psychology began as a result of a positive philosophy combined with an attempt to quantify natural science. The goal of the 1960’s social psychologist was to move away from the humanistic and action-oriented social science. Social representations theory emerged in response to this shift and offered a theoretical and analytical framework that eschewed the positive approach underlying social psychology. The theory of neoliberalism further impacted the related development of anti-positivist social representations theory and transformed academia’s focus from individualism to a business model. The researchers posit three different conclusions relative to the effects of neoliberalism on social psychology from political and cultural contexts.
- Distinguish the differences between neoliberalism and social representations theory (SRT)
- Describe how neoliberalism has transformed the role of academia
- Evaluate the effects of neoliberalism on social psychology
- Read and understand, The crisis in social psychology under neoliberalism: Reflections from social representations theory
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Work through the post-test questions; the answers to the questions should be derived from the respective article
- Review and return to the article for further clarification, if needed