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This course centers on the role of culture in the development of attitudes, values, perceptions, behaviors, and interpersonal relations. Theories of cultural identity development and cross-cultural exchange as they pertain to living and working in a multicultural society are explored. Students also examine cultural constructs in relationship to social inequities and practice developing the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to serve as culturally competent professionals. It is important for the students to understand various cultural values and behaviors and how these values and behaviors shape an individual’s perceptions of other people . In addition, through case studies and situation analysis, students develop analytical skills and approaches that enable them to understand and deal effectively with diversity issues in the workplace, within their respective communities, and in a global context.

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