Details for Culturally and Socially Diverse Practice

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC535
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar



The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Culturally and Socially Diverse Practice

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of cultural and social diversity, including intercultural communication, and the impact on practice;
  2. Examine and critically analyse a broad range of social and cultural issues and systems;
  3. Identify key elements of culturally and socially diverse practice, including assessment, intervention and support;
  4. Apply advanced self- awareness and self-reflection of the students’ cultural and social identity to enhance effective professional practice.

Subject Content

  • Culture; worldviews; emotions; development; cultural universals and differences; identity; individualism and collectivism
  • Theories and principles of cultural and social diversity, including intercultural communication
  • Effects of cultural factors on perceptions, explanations, interpretations, assessment, expectations, communication and outcomes of counselling
  • Intercultural differences in non-verbal behaviours and their significance
  • Language, culture and professional relationships
  • Skills development, assessment intervention, and support
  • Evaluation of effectiveness in culturally and socially diverse practice
  • Ethical issues in cross cultural work

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
  • Case Study & Reflection (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Sue, D.W., Sue., D., Neville, H.A., & Smith, L. 2019. Counselling and culturally diverse: Theory and practice. (8th ed.). Wiley: Hoboken, NJ.