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University of Rhode Island — Psychology
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PSY 399 - Multicultural Psychology
Course Information

Professor: Shanette Harris, Ph.D.
Semester: Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Psy 113 or Psy 103

Catalog Description: Introductory course focusing on multiculturalism as a major paradigm. Emphasizes the meaning of multiculturalism and associated principles, concepts, and sociocultural factors as related to assessment, intervention, and research.

Course Goals & Outcomes

By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Increased sensitively to and respect for group and individual differences and similarities
  • Increased self-awareness as regards personal, family and community values, beliefs, identities, and worldviews
  • Knowledge of characteristics specific to ethnic/racial groups and their contributions to American culture
  • Theoretical knowledge related to multiculturalism in social and employment interactions
  • An understanding of multicultural terminology (e.g., cultural values, acculturation, assimilation, racism, race, ethnicity, racial identity, culture shock, ethnocentrism, biculturality)
  • An understanding of how culture influences interpersonal, social and organization dynamic (e.g., universities, friendships, companies)
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the relation between cultural influences and stages of the quantitative and qualitative research process
Course Syllabus

Class Topics:

  • Terms, concepts, and constructs relevant to multicultural psychology
  • Research methodology: Assessment and multicultural psychology
  • Core psychology and multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism and Gender Matters
  • Multicultural perspective on physical, emotional and mental health issues
About The Professor

Dr. Shanette Harris is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Clinical Psychologist who teaches PSY 254 both fall and spring semesters. Her research interests focus on the psychology of diversity and multiculturalism including race/ethnicity, gender, social class, and sexual orientation. Current research relates to eating disorders and disturbances, violence as a health issue, and cultural variation in health behavior.

Reasons To Take This Course

Psy 399 meets the Psychology major requirement for a topics course. Psychology majors are required to take 3 topics courses. This course expands studentís understanding of how culture affects all aspects of psychological phenomena.

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