Spring 2022 - EDUC 324 E200

Foundations of Multicultural Counselling (3)

Class Number: 7954

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Thu, 5:30–8:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • 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 and social justice counselling competencies (MSJCC) 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 acquire MSJCC through different modes of teaching and learning. This will be accomplished through lectures, readings, in-class and online discussions, reflection tasks, inquiry, and assessments in which students explore their growth in relation to the course educational goals.
  • Reflection and self-assessment are fundamental methods of assessment as well as evaluation in this course. 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 understand how to work with clients to explore their presenting challenges.


Over the 13 weeks, students will be asked to have a candid dialogue and evaluation about constructs such as culture, identity, gender, sexism, sexual orientation, social class, etc. The goals of this course are:

  • To explore multicultural and pluralistic characteristics within and among diverse groups.
  • To facilitate students' own awareness of the perceived or actual cultural bias in relation to other ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds.
  • To learn about the concept of therapies and alternative interventions across cultural boundaries.
  • To learn ways to articulate presenting problems from different cultural points of view.
  • To increase students' own awareness of the complexity of culture-related issues in counselling.


  • Learning Portfolio (e.g., journal entries, mastery assessments, etc.) 10%
  • Participation (e.g., in person and online) 10%
  • Presentation (in small groups) 20%
  • Assignments 35%
  • Final Exam 25%


Grading breakdown subject to change.



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

Print ISBN: 9780134523804
eText ISBN: 9780134523750

ISBN: 9780134523804


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style. (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.
Hays, D. G., & Erford, B. T. (2018). MyLab counseling with Pearson eText ― Access card (3rd ed.).

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