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PSY-712 Multicultural Psychology

4 semester credits

The Multicultural Psychology course has been designed to engage students in learning about the psychological foundations of the influences and effects of culture and society on individuals and groups, and their interactions. Students will learn about culture and society’s potential impacts on the experience and management of similarity and difference in the therapeutic relationship, in clinical assessment, in research practices, in everyday life, and on the interpretation of empirical data. The course consists of an academic and an experiential component in order to provide exposure to the knowledge and self- and other- awareness that facilitates multicultural competence. Students will learn to place in psychological context American and cross-cultural experience, multiculturalism and diversity, and individual differences within and amongst people.
Pre-requisites: PSY-500 , PSY-500A , PSY 525  or PSY 533  taken concurrently or completed prior.
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Note: This course is only open to Clinical or Media PhD students or RCP certificate students.
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Objective(s):  

1. Know how a nation’s history and culture affect individual and interpersonal experience.

2. Be able to thoughtfully critique multicultural approaches in psychology.

3. Know how cultural variables influence the etiology and manifestations of mental health and illness, including but not limited to knowledge of culture-specific diagnoses.

4. Know how normative values within a culture interface with individual differences to influence illness and help-seeking behaviors, interactional styles, and world views.

5. Know how to assess/measure variables of special relevance to identified groups, such as cultural orientation, acculturative stress, and the effects of discrimination.

6. Be able to identify and critique epistemologies, research concepts, methods, instruments, and results based on their tacit assumptions related to individuals or groups and to propose alternate methods/interpretations.

7. Be aware of how one’s own cultural heritage, gender, class, ethnic/racial identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, language, and age cohort help shape personal values, assumptions, and biases related to identified groups.

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