PSY4500 – Multicultural Societies
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course will engage with understandings of multicultural societies,
in both the Norwegian and the global context. Central topics will
include (i) conceptualising culture, ethnicity, and identity, (ii)
understanding issues of immigration, acculturation, assimilation and
integration, (iii) examining cross-cultural and multicultural approaches
in psychology, and (iv) thinking critically about whiteness, race,
indigeneity, and racism.
The aim of this course is to enable students to engage critically with
key issues relating to globalization and multi-cultural societies.
Understandings developed through the course will be based on current
theory and research within psychology as well as other social sciences.
The course aims to prepare students for research within this field of
psychology and to give them substantial background knowledge for working
in a multicultural society.
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The course is offered to students, who have been offered a place in the Master’s Degree Programme in Psychology. Students from other master’s programmes at the University of Oslo may be admitted into this course by individual application to the department.The application has to include a confirmation from your department that the course can be a part of your degree.
Recommended previous knowledge
There is no overlap with other courses. Consequently, credit is not granted for other courses in multi-culture and communication.
The teaching will be given through seminars and lectures. Attendance is obligatory: If you are absent more than 3 of the lectures and 2 of the seminars, you will not be able to submit your exam in this course.
We want to encourage everyone to participate fully in the seminar activities. Observational-, interview or other task with presentation in seminar is obligatory.
There are two required types of course work:
1. Fieldwork Assignment
In total this will constitute more than 3000 words.
Language of examination
English. Students are allowed to answer the exam in Norwegian.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
The results from the exam will be ready approximately 3 weeks after the exam. The exact date will be posted on the semester page and/or send out to the student email. The results will be available in the studentweb.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
Resit an examination
Students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams may apply for participation in make-up exams. Make-up exams are arranged either later in the same semester or early in the semester following the exam in question. Documentation of valid reasons for absence from the regular exam must be submitted upon application to participate in make-up exams.
If you fail this course, you must sit the exam again in the following autumn semester. Exam is only give in the same semester as the teaching is offered.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
Deadline 1 September. Detailed information in Norwegian.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.