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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOP6739
Tracking Number - 2706

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: St. Pete approved. To USF Sys 1/18/12. to SCNS 1/26/12. CNS approved eff 6/1/12. Sub as CLP 6xxx; Appd as SOP 6739

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-01-09
  2. Department: Psychology
  3. College: AP
  4. Budget Account Number: 125500
  5. Contact Person: James McHale
  6. Phone: 7278734969
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOP
  9. Number: 6739
  10. Full Title: Cultural Competence
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Cultural Competence
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: PSY 6XXX (proposed research methods course)
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Addresses core concerns of multicultural and cross-cultural psychology, with particular emphasis on research methodology, critical thinking, and applications of research.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? USFSP graduates hired to work in agencies providing direct clinical support, and case management, and research services, as well as pursuing further graduate education will need an understanding of multicultural and cross-cultural issues. The American Psychological Association requires all Psychologists to take courses in and become trained in cultural diversity in order to provide culturally competent care. This course would fulfill that requirement for students enrolled in our program
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. or equivalent including at least one year field experience in working with diverse populations and research and/or one year clinical experience working with diverse populations.
  29. Objectives: To enable students to develop a broader understanding of culture, including the meanings of multicultural and cross-cultural psychology; to understand the key concepts and methods of multicultural and cross-cultural research; to understand enculturation, socialization, and the connection between bilogical psychology and multicultural issues; to understand developmental psychology in multicultural and cross-cultural perspective; to understand multicultural issues in social psychology as well as the role of culture in cognition; to understand how culture is impacted by gender, health, emotion, language and communication; to understand the relationship between culture and personality; to understand the relationship among culture, abnormal psychology and the treatment of abnormal behavior; to understand the role of culture in individual identity, interpersonal and intergroup relationships, and organizations; to develop a general understanding of several multicultural populations in America, including African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latino/a Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Multiracial Americans; and to enhance critical thinking skills related to multicultural and cross-cultural psychology.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate a sensitivity to and respect for cultural diversity, and for the social and personal issues confronted by others as a function of their race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural background.

    Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in multicultural psychology and cross cultural psychology.

    Demonstrate an understanding of multicultural and cross-cultural research methods.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between culture and biological, developmental, and social psychology.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the concerns of six multicultural populations living in America.

    Demonstrate an understanding of psychological issues of import in multicultural and cross-cultural contexts.

  31. Major Topics: Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology; Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Research Methods; Enculturation; Socialization; Biological Psychology; Developmental Psychology in Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Perspectives; Multicultural Issues in Social Psychology; the Role of Culture in Cognition; Gender, Health, Emotion, Language and Communication; Personality; Abnormal Psychology and the Treatment of Abnormal Behavior; the role of Culture in Individual Identity; Interpersonal and Intergroup Relationships, and Organizations; African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latino/a Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Multiracial Americans.
  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Other articles and chapters may be assigned by the instructor.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grades for the course will be earned by completing assignments and class participation: Attendance/Participation (15%), Research Presentations (30%), Cultural Photo-Autobiography (15%), Portfolio (40%)including a presentation worth 10% and a portfolio worth 30%).
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Students will complete two research presentations related to course material covered in class. Students will also complete a cultural photo-autobiography which details their life history in cultural perspective. Students will also develop and present a portfolio that details how they will use the course material to work with a multicultural or cross-cultural population.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Ė Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students are expected to have completed all readings and written work by the assigned date, and be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities. Late submissions for any assignment will be penalized 10 points for each day late.

    Members of the University community support high standards of individual conduct and human relations. Responsibility for oneís own conduct and respect for the rights of others are essential conditions for academic and personal freedom within the University. USF St. Petersburg reserves the right to deny admission or refuse enrollment to students whose actions are contrary to the purposes of the University or impair the welfare or freedom of other members of the University community. Disciplinary procedures are followed when a student fails to exercise responsibility in an acceptable manner or commits an offense as outlined in the Student Conduct Code. Refer to USF 6.0021, Student Code of Conduct at

    Academic Integrity of Students Reference: USF Regulation USF 3.027 - The following is the portion of the Regulation pertaining to graduate students. To read the entire regulation, go to:

    Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida systemís (University/USF) commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its University community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of oneís own efforts. Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the University are the responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and students.

    The following policies and procedures apply to all students, instructional faculty and staff who participate in administration of academic classes, programs and research at the University of South Florida. This regulation asserts fairness in that it requires notice to any student accused of a violation of academic integrity and provides a directive for discussion between the instructor and student to seek a fair and equitable resolution. If a fair resolution is not accomplished in this discussion, this regulation allows the student continued rights of due process under the academic grievance procedures based upon the preponderance of the evidence. The policies described below are the only policies and procedures that govern violations of academic integrity at the University and supersede any previous policies or regulations.

    Violations of Academic Integrity: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Behaviors that violate academic integrity are listed below, and are not intended to be all inclusive.

    (a) Cheating, (b) Plagiarism,(C) Fabrication, Forgery and Obstruction,(d) Multiple Submissions, (e) Complicity, (f) Misconduct in Research and Creative Endeavors, (g) Computer Misuse, (h) Misuse of Intellectual Property

    Violations and Sanctions for Graduate Students:

    An F or Zero grade on the subject paper, lab report, etc., An F in the course activity in which credit may be earned, An FF in the course (leading to expulsion from the University, Academic dismissal for any violations of academic dishonesty policies or regulations. Possible revocation of the degree or graduate certificate following a thorough investigation.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Proposed MA in Psychology, USFSP
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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