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Unformatted text preview: Course Syllabus for Psychology 166 CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY Spring 2010 Monday and Wednesday 11-12 am. 105 Stanley Hall Course Web: https://bspace.berkeley.edu/ PSYCH 166AC Sp2010 Professor: Kaiping Peng, Ph.D Office: 3429 Tolman Hall Telephone: 510-642-7096 Office Hour: Tuesday 2 pm -4 pm. or by appointment E-mail: [email protected] GSIs Olga Antonenko Stephen Chen E-mail: [email protected] [email protected] Sections: 101, Tue. 9-10, 3140 Tolman 107, Fri. 9-10, 3140 Tolman 102, Tue. 10-11, 3140 Tolman 108, Fri. 10-11, 3140 Tolman 103, Tue. 11-12, 3140 Tolman 109, Fri. 11-12, 3140 Tolman Xiaowei Lu Annie Tao E-mail: [email protected] [email protected] Sections: 112, Mon. 4-5, 3140 Tolman 110, Mon. 2-3, 3140 Tolman 105, Thu. 10-11, 3112 Tolman 111, Mon. 3-4, 3140 Tolman 106, Thu. 11-12, 3112 Tolman 104, Tue. 12-1, 3140 Tolman Course Goals: The purpose of this course is to help you gain a better appreciation for the ways in which human culture and human psyche interact, and to enhance your ability to deal with and understand variations in human behavior across cultures and ethnic groups. In order to achieve these goals, we will review psychological research on culture and ethnicity, examine theoretical and methodological foundations of cross-cultural research in psychology. We will discuss the mounting evidence suggesting that much of psychological processes are culture-specific, theory-driven and context-dependent. We will discuss several basic questions of cultural psychology, such as, "What is culture? What is ethnicity? How does culture relate to psychological processes? How human psyche affects human cultures? How to apply cultural psychology to understand and deal with real life cultural conflicts or ethnical tensions?” We will focus on questions regarding the effects of culture-specific theories of mind, person, self, and social institutions on human cognition, motivation, emotion, and social interaction. Discussion sections will incorporate a variety of activities (lecture, student presentation, discussion, etc.) which will hopefully promote lively discussion and debate. Attendance and participation in discussion section are essential for success in the course. My colleagues and I will do our best to foster an environment where all students feel free to express their ideas which means you MUST talk from time to time. Course Readings Peng, K. (2004). New Readings in cultural psychology (2 nd Edition). Wiley Custom Service: NY . Readings in the reader are "Required" readings that should be done before each class. Additional required readings (articles with *) are on line for you to download. Useful discussions follow only when everyone has completed the readings thoroughly and thoughtfully. Hence, you are required to write two critical reaction questions (1 page, double-spaced) each week. These questions will serve as the basis for class discussion. "Recommend" readings are optional and should be done by students unfamiliar with the topic or...
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