Course Abstract Details

PSYC-298, Cross Cultural Psychology

Credits: 3

Course Description

PSYC-298, cross-cultural psychology provides a critical and comparative study of the influence of culture on human psychology. The course will investigate similarities and differences in a broad range of psychological areas including human development, cognition, emotion, social behavior, personality, and abnormal behavior. By examining psychological theories and research students, will gain a greater appreciation of what is universal in human behavior and thought processes and what is acquired through cultural variations. Three lecture hours each week, Three billable hours, Three credits.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:

  1. To understand the importance of cultural factors in human psychology.
  2. To increase knowledge of psychological theories and topics in psychology from a cross-cultural perspective.
  3. To demonstrate an understanding of ETIC (universal) and EMIC (culture specific) factors in human psychology.
  4. To examine and better understand one's own culture influences,
  5. To learn about culturally sensitive research methodology.

Course Requirements and Grading Procedures:

There will be 2 exams (worth 25% each) and 2 culture activity projects (worth 20% each) due along with assigned readings. In class discussion will be worth 10%.

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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