Course Syllabus
College of Social Sciences
BSHS/422 Version 2
Cultural Diversity and Special Populations
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Course Description

Students will explore rich and unique features of ethnically diverse populations and special populations and identify their human services needs. Students will become familiar with available local community services to meet those needs. The development and assessment of cultural competence as it applies to social service agencies and behavioral health professionals is emphasized.


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Course Materials

Atkinson, D. R. (Ed.). (2004). Counseling American minorities (6th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

Atkinson, D. R., & Hackett, G. (Eds.). (2004). Counseling diverse populations (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One: Diversity in the Culture

1.1 Discover and explore each student's culture and subculture.
1.2 Understand the historical, social, and legal aspects of cultural diversity.

Read Ch. 1–3 of Counseling American Minorities.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

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