Psych 166AC_Summer 2011_Syllabus

Psych 166AC_Summer 2011_Syllabus - CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY...

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CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY Psych166 AC 2011 Summer Session D Instructor : Xiaowei Lu : Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:30-4:00pm Location: 101 Barker Hall Office Hours : Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm Location: 3336 Tolman Hall Course Description : The purpose of this course is to help students gain a better appreciation for the ways in which human cultures and human psyche interact, and to enhance your ability to deal with and understand variations in human behavior across cultures, racial groups and ethnic groups. In order to achieve these goals, we will review psychological research on cultures and ethnicities, examine theoretical and methodological foundations of cultural and cross-cultural research in psychology. We will discuss the mounting evidence suggesting that many 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. Generally, to help students gain a better understanding of American cultures as a complex integration, we mainly take two different and complementary approaches in this course: (1) Within-cultural comparison : by focusing on the comparison between various ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. and by focusing on the investigation of the dynamics and complexity of American cultures, we will deepen students’ knowledge and understanding about American cultures and its different components; investigate the complexity of intragroup dynamics as affected by generation, gender, sexuality and class; and demonstrate how these cultural variables influence various applied issues in different domain, such as education, economics, politics and health care. (2 ) Cross-cultural comparison : by focusing on the comparison between “American cultures” and other global cultures, such as those assumed to represent or those presented as representing Asian cultures, European cultures and African cultures, we will broaden students’ knowledge of cultural diversity; increase students’ multicultural awareness; and deepen the understanding of American cultures by thinking out of the box. Course Goals: Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Have higher sensitivity to American cultural variations and cross-cultural issues. You will be able to view psychology in a broader socio-cultural perspective. You will have a better understanding of racial/ethnic group relationship by comparing various cultural
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course PSYCH 166AC taught by Professor Peng during the Summer '11 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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