PSYC 4073 – CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY – Section W1


Course Description –
Students learn to recognize cultural and societal differences and similarities as they manifest themselves behaviorally. Students analyze the factors of gender, race, and class as they relate to behavior. In addition the student develops an awareness and understanding of individual and group variation in terms of development, individual relationships, and social functioning.

Pre-requisite –

  • PSYC 1101

Required Course Resources –
Cross-Cultural Psychology: Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications. 5th edition. Allyn & Bacon. Bostan, MA
ISBN-10: 0205253237

Course Learning Objectives –
Define cross-cultural psychology
Discuss the difference between race and ethnicity
Explain collectivism and individualism
Define ethnocentrism and multiculturalism
Identify the goals of cross-cultural research
Identify cultural dichotomies
Define the similarity-uniqueness paradox
Differentiate between bidirectional causation and multiple causation
Explain sleep and cultural significance of dreams
Explain cultural similarities of emotional experiences
Explain cultural differences of emotional experiences
Explain the relationship between emotion and inclination to act
Explain the relationship between emotion and judgment
Define the two universal mechanisms of motivation

        Drive
        Arousal
        Explain the power of the unconscious
        Discuss the relationship between hunger and food preference
        Discuss the relationship between aggressive motivation and violence
        Discuss the relationship between culture and sexuality
        Discuss cross-cultural similarities of sex and sexuality
        Explain parental values and expectations in child development
        Explain Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development
        Explain Piaget’s stages of cognitive development
        Explain Kohlberg’s stages of moral development
        Identify culture-bound syndromes
        Discuss the relationship between culture and suicide
        Discuss the relationship between culture and substance abuse
        Explain the cognitive balance theory
        Define cognitive dissonance
        Discuss stereotypes and the power of generalizations
        Define conformity
        Discuss challenges of working with immigrants

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