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Topics in Psychology & Diversity


The content of the course will be on diversity issues, including culture, race/ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and class status. Students will also examine mainstream as well as alternative theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches that are relevant to the study and practice of multicultural and cross-cultural psychology.


The course goals are to help students gain a deeper understanding of multicultural and cross-cultural psychology and how psychology may be used to help the needs of an increasingly diverse population.


The professor’s role will be one of an organizer or group facilitator rather than a dispenser of information. As adanced students, you should be prepared to critically evaluate ideas. You are also expected to participate in classroom discussions. This class has the potential to be powerful. Many students may experience anger, anxiety, and surprise. In class, we will discuss these reactions and explore how they may impact your interpretation of the readings. Admittedly, this may be a bit uncomfortable at times, as it is challenging to (re)examine one’s values and beliefs; however, this is part of the learning process.


My teaching philosophy is that we build knowledge by thinking, talking, writing, and evaluating existing scholarship. Consequently, there are no multiple-choice exams, in which most students just memorize facts rather than analyze theories and ideas. Assessment of students’ work will be based on how they organize relevant information (e.g., active reading the articles and the exploration of thought-provoking issues) and communicate (orally and in writing) such information in a systematic and coherent way.


Students currently enrolled in this course can find the syllabus, calendar for assignments and due dates, and grades by going through the REGGIENET (log in with your ULID and PASSWORD).

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