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Psychology and Socio-cultural Diversity

Code: LPSI213     Acronym: PDSC

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LPSIC 25 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria da Conceição de Oliveira Carvalho Nogueira

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 2 4,00
Sara Isabel Almeida Magalhães 1,00
Maria da Conceição de Oliveira Carvalho Nogueira 2,50
Liliana Graciete Fonseca Rodrigues 0,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


It's expected that students: describe key concepts for understanding human diversity; identify types of oppression and discrimination; discuss strategies of oppression and discrimination subtle and internalized; develop the cultural awareness that enables them to understand and respect differences, develop self-reflection and self-critical about their personal values and how they affect their lives and their relationships with others. At the end of the course the students should be able to think critically about how the categorization and classification based on stereotypes can lead to judgments undue and/or unfair..

Learning outcomes and competences

1) Describe key concepts for the understanding of human diversity;

2) Identify types of oppression and discrimination;

3) discusse oppression strategies and camouflaged discrimination and / or internalized;

4) Develop cultural awareness that allows understanding and respect for differences;

Develops self-reflection and self-criticism in order to meet their personal values and how they affect their lives and their relationships with others.

Working method



Key concepts in diversity: 1. Sex/gender, sexual orientation, “race”, age, ethnicity, disability/functional diversity and social class. 2. Theories of oppression. 3. Types of oppression: racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, classism, cissexism.

This course unit will provide an overview of theories and research on human diversity. Diversity is defined broadly, encompassing sex / gender, sexual orientation, 'race', age, culture and ethnicity and social class. The theories of oppression, types of oppression such as racism, sexism, heterosexism or ableísm, as well as the concepts of prejudice and discrimination are the core of the course. The course uses the prejudice from the perspective of social psychology to teach concepts that will allow students to have a greater awareness of the diverse and multicultural world where we live.

Mandatory literature

Bruce Evan Blaine; Understanding Human DiversityUnderstanding the Psychology of Diversity, 2013
Nogueira, Conceição e Oliveira, João ; Estudo sobre discriminação em função da orientação sexual e da identidade de género. Lisboa CIG, Lisboa : CIG, 2010
Chryssochooun, X. ; Cultural Diversity, London: Blackwell, 2003
Pinto, Teresa (coord.), Nogueira, Conceição, Vieira, Cristina, Silva, Isabel, Saavedra ,Luísa, Maria João Silva, Paula Silva, Teresa-Cláudia Tavares e Vasco Prazeres ; Guião de Educação Género e Cidadania , Lisboa: Edição da CIG

Teaching methods and learning activities

The format for this Course Unit will include readings, focused discussion, activities, group interactions and lessons. The evaluation will include test and group work. The final classification will depend on test and group work, specifically preparation and presentation of a multimedia resource on a theme of the Course Unit program.


Social sciences
Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Psychology > Social psychology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 50,00
Teste 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 1,00
Estudo autónomo 15,00
Frequência das aulas 30,00
Trabalho de investigação 15,00
Trabalho escrito 20,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Classes are subject to attendance verification. Students who miss more than 25% of scheduled classes will not attend the exam.

Calculation formula of final grade

The assessment is in continuous assessment format and distributed without final exam.

The final classification of the Course Unit (CU) will be the result of the sum of two evaluation components:

1 – Test: 50%

2 – Construction and presentation of a multimedia resource (short film) in group: 50%

All components are of mandatory nature and approval in this Course Unit is limited to at least 8 points in each of the evaluation components. To pass in this CU one must have a grade not less to 9,5 values.

Note: The assessment for foreign students that don’t speak/understand Portuguese is a written work reflexive and critical about themes of the CU.

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