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Diversity and Cultural Factors in Psychology




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Course level: Undergraduate

A study of the issues and influences related to gender, sexual orientation, and the major racial/ethnic and cultural groups in the United States and how they affect theoretical and research paradigms in psychology and clinical and counseling practices. The course expands the students' frame of reference concerning human diversity and applies this knowledge to counseling and research issues in psychology.


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Week 1

  • Describe the purpose of the field of cross-cultural psychology and its implications for the field of psychology.
  • Analyze the role of research methods within cross-cultural psychology and its application to the field of psychology as a whole.
  • Define the concept of culture and its relationship to ethnicity, race, and worldviews.
  • Describe enculturation in developmental and social theories.

Week 2

  • Describe the impact of culture on attachment, cognitive, and moral reasoning developmental models.
  • Evaluate varying interpretations of developmental models across cultures.
  • Identify measurements of intelligence.
  • Explain the impact of culture on models related to attention, sensation, and perception.
  • Describe the relationship between culture and language development models.

Week 3

  • Describe the differences in the development and interpretation of social behavior across cultures.
  • Analyze the concept of universal emotions based on research findings.
  • Interpret psychological symptoms given the cultural norms.
  • Evaluate differences in key cultural traditions across cultures and how intergroup relations impact them.

Week 4

  • Describe key individual factors that are predictive of physical well-being.
  • Describe the interpretation of personality theory across cultures.

Week 5

  • Analyze cultural research-based models that help explain organizational culture.
  • Apply models of personality, individual differences, and gender to the work environment.
Analyze cultural research-based models that help explain organizational culture.


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