10557 Cross-Cultural Psychology 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Psychology

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Introduction to Psychology; Social Psychology; Introduction to Statistics for Students of Social Sciences I; Introduction to Statistics for Students of Social Sciences II; Research Methods in Social Sciences; Research Experience, Regression Analysis and Analysis of Variance and Participation in Psychological and Educational Research. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Recommended: Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Anthropology

The course is based on a reader edited by Sonia Roccas

One of the central questions in cross-cultural psychology is that of the universality of psychological processes. Do phenomena, which have been intensively studied in the West, exist in other cultures? What is the significance for basic psychological processes of evidence of cross-cultural differences? This course deals with various topics central to a cross-cultural approach to psychological research. It surveys cross-cultural studies that examined the concept of self, ethical development, aggression, cooperation and processes of attribution, with special emphasis on differences between people in different cultures. In addition, the course deals with the implications of meetings between people from different cultures and their influence on individuals and groups.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.