syllabus, PSYC 355 section 3, Winter 2011

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      INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION Dr. Kristy K. Dean, Ph.D Department of Psychology Office:  2116 AuSable Hall Email:  (*preferred method of correspondence) Phone:  616-331-2412 Office hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am – 11:15am, and by appointment COURSE OVERVIEW Meeting Times and Place: Textbook:   The textbook for this class will be Cultural Psychology (1 st  readings will be distributed via the course’s Blackboard website. Course Description:   This course will examine a variety of topical areas in  Psychology from a multicultural perspective.  To what extent are specific  aspects of our human nature universal or culturally-specific?  Throughout  this course, we will be identifying ways in which people’s identities,  thought processes, emotions, and behaviors vary across and within cultures.  Moreover, and perhaps  more interestingly, we’ll be applying the scientific method to examine how and why cultural  differences – and similarities – manifest, as well as their implications for mental and physical health  and well-being, and intra- and intercultural relations. Prerequisite(s):    PSY101 (Introductory Psychology) OR HNR234 (Society and Self:  Psychological  Perspective)  Learning Objectives :   By the end of this course, you should have a better understanding of the  interplay between culture and behavior from a psychological perspective.  Specifically, you will… Be able to identify and describe a variety of psychological phenomenon that vary (or not) across  cultures. PSY355 (Section 3) – Psychology and Culture Winter 2010 1 1
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Be able to think critically about how and why cultural variations and similarities exist. Understand the scientific method as it applies to research within cross-cultural and cultural  psychology. Possess a greater appreciation for the ways in which your culture has shaped your patterns of  thinking, feeling, and behaving, and clearer insight into the cultural influences that facilitate or  impair effective intercultural exchanges. Class Format:   The class is primarily (50%) lecture-based, but will include a variety of activities to  foster active participation (i.e., class discussions, question-answer sessions, demonstrations, activities,  etc.)  In general, the class sessions serve to complement the text by highlighting important  concepts/findings within the text and supplementing additional material that is not covered in the text.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students read the assigned readings PRIOR to attending the 
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