Social and Cultural Diversity

This course will review studies that provide an understanding of the issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society and their influence on social thinking, social influence, and social relations. It will examine research dealing with the dynamics and impact of socially constructed categories. These categories include culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, ethnic groups, and communities. The implications of these issues for effective counseling is addressed.