Wednesday, March 30, 2005

oh yeah..

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." ~ Dr. Seuss.

The primary class I am taking this quarter is Sociological Factors in Counseling. Though there was the typical screwup with the bookstore and the textbooks (and about $200-$300 worth of texts needed that aren't available on campus), the class could prove interesting. It is difficult to teach much about counseling people from diverse cultures without resorting to stereotypes, but there are some broad brush things that can be learned. I have had the instructor before (nice fellow) in a class in counseling ethics and law, but cultural groups and counseling is an area that he has published research. Folks are always more interesting when they are keenly interested in the classes they teach.

In addition to a research paper, this is another of those classes where a journal is required to be turned in for credit - in this case, introspection about attitudes, prejudices, thoughts, feelings and values concerning my own and other cultures (cultures- loosely defined to include all the groups to which one might belong) and issues brought up in class.

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