The influence of culture on major psychology concepts. Current theories and research on culture, with culture being broadly defined to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and socioeconomic status. Empirical methodologies in cultural psychology, and appreciation of cultural groups within the United States. Issues of culture in the interpretation of personal experiences and in application of cultural diversity issues to various settings. Culturally relevant styles of communication, values from different cultures, racial identity, power and privilege, and issues around health and mental health. Multiculturalism in the modern diverse society. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.
• Identify and describe how cultural factors can influence the ways in which people think, behave and understand their world. • Analyze and integrate knowledge about multiculturalism from various sources including films, readings, scientific literature, and the popular media. • Identify and discuss how psychology and our world has been viewed through cultural lenses, and to explore, articulate, and critically evaluate those lenses in a respectful environment. • Analyze, evaluate, and compare theories on cultural influences on human cognition, emotions and behavior. • Understand and analyze research (e.g., original research studies, summaries of research, specific data or observations) in multicultural psychology, with particular attention to the nature and quality of research studies in the field, the role of theory in interpreting data, and the role of data in evaluating and refining theoretical positions and arguments. • Formulate logical and organized arguments and conclusions based on analysis of theories and/or research data. • Critically evaluate how culture and other contextual variables influence the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.