module specification

PC6066 - Working with Diversity (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Working with Diversity
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
111 hours Guided independent study
39 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Critical evaluation
Running in 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

This module is aimed at raising awareness among counsellors in regards to working with individuals from diverse and varying socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds including BME groups. Issues on acculturation, cultural awareness in healthcare services, the Equality Act (2010) and the NHS 5- year plan in supporting diverse populations such as refuges, asylum seekers and so forth will be discussed both theoretically and in the practitioner role counsellors have in supporting these groups.


Counselling, coaching, well-being, diversity, the Equality act (2010), disability, culture, acculturation, refuges, asylum, BME groups, inclusion.

Learning Outcomes LO1, LO2, LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Delivery and discussion of the module syllabi will be via interactive lectures and tutorials. In addition to the weekly seminar workshops which will provide a forum for the application of theory to practical problems, students are expected to work in groups to learn from each other and learn how to independently use other resources available, e.g. library, the internet, WebLearn and own organisation. The module will also have its own dedicated Web Learn site to enables staff and students to readily contact each other and offers an on-line support/learning.

Workshops and seminars:

Information and materials relating to the workshop will be circulated once the course has commenced.   The seminars and workshops will familiarize students with various aspect of the course.  All workshops will relate to lecture topics and may be tested in the examination.   Hence, each student is expected to do the prior reading and consult few recommended texts and be actively involved in the seminar activities and group discussion.

The usual programme each week will comprise of a lecture followed by seminar workshop activities and group discussion. The workshops will use the content of the lecture and pre-circulated material for class discussion and group work. 

Students will gain core knowledge and understanding of the topics through lectures, but deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material, seminars, and online resources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

1) Have a critical awareness of a range of core topic areas and related research in pertaining to diversity in healthcare;
2) Be able to demonstrate counselling and coaching skills in practice with reference to humanistic and cognitive perspectives in supporting the needs of diverse populations. 
3) Be able to demonstrate an understanding the role diversity awareness has in counselling practice and the role it plays in supervision.

Assessment strategy

3000-word assignment. Critical evaluation of counsellors’ involvement in engaging and supporting BME groups (100% weighting)


American Psychiatric Association (APA, 2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th Ed.  Arlington. American Psychiatric Publishing. Washington

Casas, M.J., Suzuki, L.A., Alexander, C.M., & Jackson, M.A., (2016). Handbook of Multicultural Counseling 4th Eds. Los Angeles, London: SAGE. (Core)
Davids, M.F., (2011). Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference (The Palgrave Psychotherapy Series) 2011th Edition.  London: Palgrave.

Dupont-Joshua, A., (2002). Working Inter-Culturally in Counselling Settings. 1st ed. New York and London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. (Core)

Kirk, H.W., Weisbrod, J.O.A., Ericson, K.A., (2003). Psychosocial and Behavioural Aspects of Medicine. Baltimore and Philadelphia. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. (Core)

Maher, M.J., (2012). Racism and Cultural Diversity: Cultivating Racial Harmony through Counselling, Group Analysis, and Psychotherapy. 1st ed. New York and London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. (Core)

McGoldrick, M & Hardy, K.V., (2008). Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice. 2nd ed. New York: The Guilford Press. 

Milner, J & O’Byrne, P (2003). Assessment in Counselling: theory, process and decision making. 3rd ed. Hampshire, New York, Palgrave.

Thompson, D. (2014). The A-Model Theory. Afro-Caribbean Counselling. Black Focused Solutions. 1st ed. Kindle Book. (Core)