Multicultural Psychology

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PSY 110

       Course Name: Multicultural Psychology

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is designed for students to explore multiculturalism from a psychological perspective. Focus is on the ways in which culture has shaped understanding of psychological theory, research and practice. Cultural variations in psychological functioning will be studied with regard to motivation, emotion, perception, development and mental process. These multicultural perspectives also shape vales, norms, and worldview. Topics include cultural oppression and group subjugation, along with methods aimed at equity and equality.

IV.   Learning Objectives

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish the role of multiculturalism in the field of psychology.
  • Assess psychological problems and their dynamics within a cultural context.
  • Discuss the cultural impact of research, assessment and testing on diverse populations.
  • Describe the differences between the major ethnic/racial groups in the U.S., their history, and the psychological issues particular to each group.
  • Given cultural identity development models, students will identify their own identity and perceptions and examine the role of identities in social behavior.
  • Discuss the dynamics of oppression and discrimination as it impacts social issues in marginalized groups.
  • Develop multicultural competency by showing a positive attitude on issues race, ethnic categorization, stereotyping and prejudice.
  • Discuss and recognize that multicultural education is a life-long process.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Multicultural Psychology vs. Cross-Cultural Psychology
  2. Multicultural Issues Involving Research and Testing
    1. Quantitative versus qualitative research
    2. Experimental Designs
    3. Psychological Testing
  3. Difference in Worldviews
    1. Individualism versus collectivism
    2. Value orientation
    3. Ethnic/Racial Worldview
    4. Worldview of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals
    5. Worldview of Women
  4. Communication Differenc
    1. Conversational Rule
    2. Non-verbal aspects of language
    3. High-versus low-context communication
    4. Gender Differences in communication
    5. Bi-lingual communication
  5. Immigrants, Refugees, and the Acculturation Process
    1. Immigrants and Refugees
    2. Common Experiences of immigrants and refugees
  6. Stereotyping, Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism
    1. Race and Ethnic Categorizations
    2. Stereotyping and Prejudice
  7. Cultural Identity Development
    1. African-American Identity Development
    2. White Identity Development
    3. Multiracial Identity Development
    4. Homosexual Identity Development
    5. Female Identity Development
    6. Racial and Cultural Identity Development Models
  8. Health Psychology and Health Disparities in Minority Groups
    1. Health and Health behaviors
    2. Health Disparities- Different Treatments
    3. Causes of Health Disparities
    4. Mistrust of the Health Care System
  9. Culture and Mental Health
    1. Culture and Diagnosis
    2. Culture and the Treatment of Mental Disorders
  10. Multicultural /Competence
    1. Awareness of one’s own cultural attitudes
    2. Development of culturally appropriate interpersonal skills

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Readings, lecture, discussion, group exercises, media and guest speakers.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the students' ability to read and understand college-level text material.  Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, the recording of observations, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities Mio,S.J, Barker-Hacket, L., & Tumambing, J. (2006)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Individual Instructors will determine their own grading and evaluation procedures

This course relies on the students' ability to read and understand college-level text material. Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 15-20 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, the recording of observations, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers as well as journal and reflection papers.

Grading of written assignments will be based on the following criteria: organization of ideas, clarity of expression, ability to construct a coherent and persuasive argument in support of your ideas, solid command of relevant theory and research, ability to apply theory and research by way of example or experience. Grading is not based on student’s personal opinion or belief, but their ability to articulate their understanding of the theories and concepts presented in the course. All written assignments must be typed, double spaced with fonts between 10-12, and must adhere to correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Informed classroom participation will be evaluated on the following criteria: student’s ability to articulate their understanding and familiarity with the reading assignments and lecture material in a relevant and thoughtful manner. Students will also demonstrate their willingness to participate as evidenced by volunteering for activities such as: reading out loud, participating in role plays, and participating in classroom exercises.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.