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 (2017). It is in the "Course elements" - "content" 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 entitled, "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 28% 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 D2L. 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 two writing assignments each worth 8% of your final mark. 

Missing exams & 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 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 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:

Topic 1
Introduction & Orientation
Topic 2
Commonalities across Cultures
Topic 3
The Root of Social Conflict
Topic 4
Commonalities in Early Development

Topic 5

Self & Group Identity

Exam 1
28% of final mark
Topic 6
Cultural Adaptation & Prejudice

Topic 7

Practical Implications in Human Relations

Exam 2
28% of final mark
Topic 8
Commonalities in Consciousness
Topic 9
Cross-Cultural Differences
Topic 10
Evolution, Race, & Culture
Topic 11

Exam 3

28% of final mark

Final Exam
28% of final mark - Cumulative Exam

Important Links

Extra Credit & other Psychology Related Events

Participate in Research for Extra Credit

Toru Sato's Homepage

Psychology Department Homepage