Fall 2019 - EDUC 324 E100

Foundations of Multicultural Counselling (3)

Class Number: 5758

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 4:30–7:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 5, 2019
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 220 or PSYC 250 and 60 units.



Provides an introduction to multicultural counselling and human diversity with an emphasis on culture, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, and abilities.


This course is designed to strengthen students' multicultural counselling competencies by way of increasing awareness of their own as well as clients' cultural attitudes, beliefs, biases, knowledge, skills, and values.

Students will be given ample instructional opportunities to gain multicultural competencies through different modes of teaching and learning. Over the 13 weeks, students will be asked to have a dialogue about constructs such as culture, identity, physical appearance and ability, sexual orientation, SES, etc.

It is the intent of this course to assist students who would like to work as counsellors/psychotherapists in acquiring the pedagogical contents, so that students will be able to show an increased awareness of clients' worldviews and biases and understand how to work with clients to solve their presenting challenges.


  • Participation (in-class and online) 10%
  • Learning Log(s) 10%
  • Presentation (in small groups) 25%
  • Assignment(s) 35%
  • Final Exam 20%


Grading is subject to change.

For assignments, please ensure you are checking SFU Mail as emails will be sent to enrolled students so that students can prepare in advance.



Hays, D. G., & Erford, B. T. (Eds.). (2018). Developing multicultural counseling competence: A systems approach (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Please note that multiple options for this book are available at the Bookstore and acceptable for this course:

Bound Text, no access to MyLab: ISBN 9780134523804
Bound Text, bundled with MyLab Counseling: ISBN 9780134522708
eText, bundled with MyLab Counseling: ISBN 9780134523835 (Course ID: yeung92649)
VitalSource eText (180-day access): ISBN 9780134523750

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