Multicultural Mental Health Syllabus

Spring, 2017

Professor: Dr. Travis Langley

Required textbook: None.
Required readings: Plenty (many through


PSY 3053 Multicultural Mental Health.  This course examines non-Western perspectives on mental health, including issues of psychological science, diagnosis, and treatment. Culture-bound syndromes rarely found in Western society are explored. Coverage includes social and cultural determinants of psychopathology and the range of problems in individuals, families, and communities; mental health of indigenous peoples, ethnocultural minorities, immigrants, and refugees; cultural views on related issues such as suicide; mental health issues among native Americans and other citizens of non-Western/non-European descent; and the influence of Eastern philosophy on areas of contemporary psychology, views toward mental health, and how the mentally ill are treated.


1/4 PowerPoint project
1/4 Other assignments before midterm grade entry
1/4 Other assignments after midterm grade entry
1/4 Final

If you do everything you’re supposed to do and do it all correctly, you’ll go into the final with an A (except that the PowerPoint gets graded after everything else).

If you miss a couple of Internet assignments or do several assignments incorrectly, you should go into the final with a B. Each assignment you miss is worth negative credit, and some students underestimate how much each missed assignment can damage the grade.

To have a lower grade before the final, you could do every assignment but do the work poorly and repeatedly fail to follow instructions OR miss more assignments after the last time the professor drops students (and you won’t know when that will be). If you miss three or more assignments, you are likely to get DROPPED FROM THE CLASS WITH NO FURTHER WARNING. This is your warning.
There’s not really much of a grade to report along the way because you should already know if you’re doing the work or not and you should notice if you get dropped from the class. Every semester, there are people who get dropped for missing assignments and they do not manage to plead their way back into the class. These are easy assignments. Do them.

Specific MyHenderson discussion forum assignments will guide you through the process of completing your PowerPoint project. Your project gets graded at the end of the semester, after everything else. If you only meet the minimum requirements for the PowerPoint, you will not make an A in the class. Do more.


There is a mandatory first-week (first-day in summer) online orientation session for students. Anyone who does not complete it will be dropped from the course at the end of that time period. The term is too short and we have too many things to go over for us to handle that otherwise. The orientation session is in Blackboard.


While you enjoy great flexibility in taking this course online, you and you alone are responsible for your success. It requires motivation and devotion. You must make sure you follow instructions and do your work before the deadlines. Developing the habit of following instructions and doing things when you’re supposed to do them is probably more important in your life than any specific bit of information that any class can teach you.


For an online course, the easiest way to contact me with questions or comments is by e-mail. Write me at any time and I will respond after I see the message if a reply is necessary. If you cannot e-mail me, you will need to leave a message on my voicemail at  (870)230-5222 . E-mail works best, though. Every time you send me a message without saying who you are or which course you’re talking about, you will lose a point from your grade for Internet assignments just as you’ll lose a point every time you could have found your answer by checking the syllabus instead of asking by email. We all get too much email. Be responsible and don’t lose those points.

I will send messages to the entire class via e-mail at times. The e-mail system is set up to send messages to your HSU student e-mail address. If you prefer to use some other address, you must go into your campus email system and set up your mail options so that it will forward e-mail to you. I will not use Blackboard’s mail system.

If I can help you with anything else, always feel free to ask. Every online classes is different, so do not be embarrassed when you occasionally goof here or there. That’s part of the learning process, and I’ll endeavor to help you get things running smoothly.


We will never use chat rooms and you will not have to be online at any specific time of day to do the assignments. Chat room technology for that is still too awkward, not every student’s computer will be able to handle it, and part of the reason for taking an online class is to keep your time flexible.

To do your assignments, check the discussion forum on the MyHenderson page for this class several times each week. You should not go more than two weekdays in a row without checking the discussion forum. You will either do each assignment on that discussion forum or learn from the forum where to go to do each task. You will have several assignments every week. Because missing an assignment in an online class counts as missing class, anyone who fails to do three or more of the assignments may be dropped from the course without further notice.

Do NOT email your work to your professor. Emailing it instead of posting it where it’s supposed to go counts as missing the assignment altogether, plus you’ll lose points from your overall grade.


Assignments are due at the end of each week, indicated in the assignments’ subject headings. All of the week’s assignments are posted by the end of Wednesday, although some will appear earlier. The deadline is 5 minutes until midnight at the end of each Saturday. No late work will be accepted. Meet the deadlines. Frankly, you should think of Friday as the deadline. Sending an “I missed the deadline but please don’t drop me” message wastes effort and time.

If you wait until that last day and something goes wrong that keeps you from doing the assignment, well, you should have done it earlier because you’ll have several days to complete each task. If your Internet is out all day, you are responsible for going somewhere with Internet access. If your wifi is out, you could use a phone to create a hotspot with access. The Internet is all around us, the ways to access it are many, and you have chosen to take an online class. Internet access and keeping track of your schedule is your responsibility.


You will take a few quizzes online through Blackboard. Don’t take any specific quiz until you see the message board tell you to do so (although feel free to retake them later as part of reviewing for the final). Except for those quizzes and your first reading assignment (DSM appendix), we will not use Blackboard for anything else.

You must come to campus to take the final exam at one of these times:

  • Tuesday, May 8, 3:00-5:00 (McBrien 311)
  • Thursday, May 10, 3:00-5:00 (McBrien 311)

You are NOW responsible for making sure you can and will be here at one of those times. Do not ask to take it early or late unless you have other finals at EVERY time listed above, and if so, tell me as soon as possible. Find out now when all your finals will be held. It’s no big deal if I need to add an extra time, but we all need to know that soon so I can make that time available as an option anybody in the class can choose.

Bring a #2 pencil, Scantron sheet, and identification (driver’s license or HSU ID) to take the final. If your photo on the roster looks like you, I’m unlikely to ask for your identification, but have it with you just in case.


To make sure your computer can interact with our system, you may need (1) the most current version of your Internet browser, (2) Windows updates, and (3) Java updates. Do not use Safari for your browser. Sorry, but some of the systems we’re using don’t work as well with Safari.

Call the HSU Computer Help Desk at 230-5678 or e-mail if you have non-Blackboard account difficulties.

Contact George Finkle at about Blackboard login problems – just login difficulties.


Your phone and other electronic devices must be OFF and OUT OF SIGHT during the final exam. You are responsible for making sure you cannot even see your phone during the test.

If your phone, iPod, or anything else that could contain notes can be seen by anyone in the class, that will be treated as cheating because too many students use their phones to cheat. I do not have to confirm what was on your phone, notebook, or related item. Do not have any of them in line of sight.


It is the policy and practice of Henderson State University to create inclusive learning environments. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement, such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos, contact the Disability Resource Center at (870) 230-5475 for assistance. For more information, visit the DRC website at

Any information in this syllabus may be subject to change, correction, or other revision.

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