Psychology (PSYC) 347

Introduction to Feminist Counselling (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: PSYC 345 (or equivalent course from another institution) is strongly recommended.

Precluded Course: PSYC 343 (PSYC 347 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 343.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

PSYC 347 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Psychology 347: Introduction to Feminist Counselling is about feminist theory and the development of a feminist model of counselling. It is also about developing as a feminist and as a counsellor. Some people may take this course to broaden their counselling perspectives; others may take the course because they are feminists and want to apply feminist philosophy and theory to their work in the helping professions. This course will help you achieve many objectives, including identifying and describing different theories of feminism and their implications for counselling and recognizing that becoming a qualified feminist counsellor is a complex process that demands time, reflection, self-knowledge, and further study.


  • Unit 1: The Role of Theory
  • Unit 2: Principles of Feminist Counselling
  • Unit 3: Liberal Feminism and Psychotherapy
  • Unit 4: Implications of Radical Social Change
  • Unit 5: Third-Wave Feminism and Therapy
  • Unit 6: Women of Colour
  • Unit 7: Toward a Transnational Feminist Understanding
  • Unit 8: Anticolonial Feminist Therapy
  • Unit 9: Becoming a Feminist Therapist


To receive credit for Psychology 347: Introduction to Feminist Counselling, you must complete all six assessment activities, including five assignments and the final invigilated exam. The weightings for each activity are as follows:

Activity Credit Weight
Assignment 1: Personal Reflection 10% of final grade
Assignment 2: Letter of Introduction 10% of final grade
Assignment 3: Mapping Concepts 10% of final grade
Assignment 4: First Reflection Essay 20% of final grade
Assignment 5: Second Reflection Essay 25% of final grade
Final Invigilated Exam 25% of final grade
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

Your final grade will be determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on the activities noted above. To receive credit for this course, in addition to completing all five assignments and the final exam, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final exam and a minimum overall weighted grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course.
In addition, up to 5 percent in bonus marks may be added for your participation in the online forums (your own postings as well as your responses to other students’ postings).

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

All materials for this course can be found online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 347 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) or greater on the research essay to be eligible to write the challenge examination. A cumulative average of 50 percent on both activities is required. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, February 10, 2017.

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