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...So we tried it with every adjustment of the microscope known to man. With only one of them did I see anything but blackness or the familiar lacteal opacity, and that time I saw, to my pleasure and amazement, a variegated constellation of flecks, specks and dots. These I hastily drew. The instructor, noting my activity, came back from an adjoining desk, a smile on his lips and his eyebrows high in hope. He looked at my cell drawing. "What's that?" he demanded, with a hint of a squeal in his voice. "That's what I saw." I said. "You didn't, you didn't, you didn't!" he screamed, losing control of his temper instantly, and he bent over and squinted into the microscope. His head snapped up. "That is your eye!" he shouted. You've fixed the lens so that it reflects! You've drawn your eye!"

                                                               from James Thurber, "University Days" (1965, p. 257)


The Psychology of Diversity is open to all graduate students in Psychology and related disciplines. Its primary goal is to complement existing courses by reaping the benefits of an increasingly diverse society. The course addresses various models of the role of culture in academic study and discourse, such as universalism vs. relativism, essentialism vs. deconstructionism, individualism vs. collectivism, assimilation vs. multiculturalism, the emic-etic debate, and subjectivity vs. objectivity. Emphasis is placed on topics and concepts that help explain cultural variation and similarity, and how they contribute to a multicultural society.


Students currently enrolled in this course can find the syllabus, calendar for assignments and due dates, and grades by going through the REGGIENET (log in with your ULID and PASSWORD).

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