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PSYC610 - Multicultural Issues in Human Behavior

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC610 Course ID: 4047 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This graduate level course covers the historical, research and theoretical underpinnings of multicultural psychology. It guides students in a comprehensive examination of diverse cultural groups and in-depth analysis of contemporary multicultural trends and issues related to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, age and religion. Students will research issues in cultural psychology through the development and design of their own empirical study.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  • CO1 Examine historical and contemporary trends of theory, research, and practice within the field of multicultural psychology

  • CO2 Apply core concepts of psychology to individual, social, and cultural functioning

  • CO3 Investigate professional opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges experienced by practitioners within the discipline

  • CO4 Evaluate scholarly resources pertinent to multicultural psychology

  • CO5 Demonstrate proficiency in writing in accordance with the standards of the American Psychological Association

  • CO6 Apply the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association


All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and adhering to the guidelines below:

  • Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor).
  • Arial 11 or 12-point font or Times New Roman styles.
  • Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances.

All assignments completed in a narrative essay or composition format must follow APA guidelines. This course will require students to use the citation and reference style established by the American Psychological Association (APA), in which case students should follow the guidelines set forth in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

IMPORTANT: Students engaging in graduate studies are held to rigorous standards. Absolutely NO copying of any kind is allowed in this course. When reporting on what one reads in any published source, including the course text, paraphrasing (summarizing what was read and learned in one’s own words) and providing the source(s) is required. The website is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA style formatting and source citation. Any instance of copying of any kind will result in a score of zero for the first incident and course failure for any additional ones. Attached to the end of this syllabus is an APA Formatting Quick Guide. Additional guidance from your instructor is provided as needed.

Weekly engagement with peers on interactive dialogs on classroom Forums is required for this course. Instructions for participating in them are located under the “Forums” link in the classroom.

Self Reflections

In Weeks 1, 3, 4 and 7, you will be writing a reflection paper on a TED talk from the Course Syllabus. Your Self Reflection assignment will examine the effect of course material on your assumptions and knowledge about the role of culture or your everyday interactions with others from a different culture, religion, or socio-economic group. While the reflection is subjective, the paper should be an integration of your experience and the course readings. Instructions for this assigment can be found in the assignments link in the classroom.

Social Media and Prejudice

In the Week 6 assignment, you will examine the relationship between social media and prejudice. You will scan social media websites to find three posts that reflect negative stereotypes and/or prejudiced attitudes, or posts that take a social justice perspective on the topic (e.g., the site suggests ways to combat these attitudes and beliefs). Instructions for this assigment can be found in the assignments link in the classroom.

Book Title: Strategies for Building Multicultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings
Author: Constantine, Madonna G. / Sue, Derald Wing
Publication Info: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN: 9780471667322
Book Title: Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities, 4th ed
Author: Mio, Barker, Rodriguez
Publication Info: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190460853

Book Title:Strategies for Building Multicultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings
Publication Info:John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Author:Constantine, Madonna G. / Sue, Derald Wing
Unit Cost:$59.00
Book Title:The required materials for this course will be changing for future sessions. All materials will be available online, located inside the Lessons section of your classroom. Please email for confirmation of the start month.
Book Title:Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities, 4th ed
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Author:Mio, Barker, Rodriguez
Unit Cost:$74.35

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.