Multicultural Psychology PSY 365 all sections

Shippensburg University

Course Director: Toru Sato

Course description: This course focuses on developing an understanding of the human experience through recent developments in the examination of various cultures around the world. It is designed to introduce students to psychological issues concerning human systems, self and group identity, conflict, consciousness, development, gender, cultural values, spirituality, race/ethnicity, individualism-collectivism, and evolution. The discussions are geared toward promoting an increase in psychological adjustment and peace in our multicultural world.

Textbook: "Multicultural Psychology: The Multi-Layered Nature of Self-Organizing Human Systems" an e-book by Toru Sato (2015). It is in the "Course elements" - "contents" area on D2L (in pdf format). D2L can be accessed at using your e-mail ID and password.  You will also be required to read the book "The Sneetches and other stories" by Dr. Suess (Library Reserve).

Evaluation: You will have three non-cumulative exams and one cumulative final exam throughout the semester. Each exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions covering all readings and material discussed in class. All four exams will each be worth 25% of your final mark. Your lowest exam score will not count toward your final grade. For the first three exams, a study guide with a list of important concepts and theories will be available on a website ( one week before each of the exams. Since the study guide for the cumulative final exam would consist of all of the material on the study guides for the first three exams, there will be no study guide made specifically for the cumulative final exam. You must bring a valid Shippensburg University photo ID to take the exams. You will also have three writing assignments each worth 7% of your final mark. 4% of your final mark will be based on a quiz on "The Sneetches and other stories" by Dr. Suess. 

Missing exams, the quiz, & Tardiness for exams: Since your lowest exam grade will not count toward your final grade, you may miss one exam without penalty. Therefore, if you miss one of the first three exams, you will need to take the cumulative final exam to avoid any penalty. If you miss two of the first three exams, the two exams will be replaced with your cumulative final exam score minus 10%. If you miss all of the first three exams, the three exams will be replaced with your cumulative final exam score minus 20%. Regardless of reasons, exams and the quiz cannot be made up. There will also be an additional 10% deduction from your exam grade for arriving late for any exam.

Class etiquette: Each time you appear to be using electronic devices (e.g., tablets, phones, headphones, laptops, etc.) in class, you will receive a 10% deduction from your next exam grade. Each time you arrive late or leave in the middle of class, you will receive a 4% deduction from your next exam grade.

Extra Credit: You will have numerous opportunities to earn extra credit throughout the semester.


All three writing assignments and due dates will be announced/explained in class at appropriate times during the course. E-mailed papers are not accepted.

APA Format Link: Purdue University

Order of Topics and Readings:

Readings are available on


Topic 1
Introduction and Orientation
Chapter 1
Topic 2
Commonalities across Cultures
Chapter 2
Topic 3
Internal Conflict Model
Chapter 3
Topic 4
Commonalities in Early Development
Chapter 4

Topic 5

Self and Group Identity

Chapter 5

Exam 1
25% of final mark

Topic 6
The Self-system & Cultural Adaptation

Quiz on
The Sneetches & other Stories

Implicit Association Test

Chapter 6

Topic 7

Practical Implications in Human Relations

Chapter 7

Exam 2
25% of final mark

Topic 8
Commonalities in Consciousness
Chapter 8
Topic 9
Consciousness and Culture
Chapter 9
Topic 10
Evolutionary Theory, Race, and Culture
Chapter 10
Topic 11
Chapter 11

Exam 3

25% of final mark

Exam 4
25% of final mark

Cumulative Final Exam

Important Links

Study Guide for the Next Exam

Extra Credit & other Psychology Related Events

Participate in Research for Extra Credit

Toru Sato's Homepage

Psychology Department Homepage