CltrSYLL210_FA11

CltrSYLL210_FA11 - Psychology Across Cultures PSY 210 Fall...

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Psychology Across Cultures PSY 210 Fall 2011 INSTRUCTOR Virginia (Ginger) Wickline, Ph.D. (Call me Dr. Wickline, Professor Wickline, or Ginger) wicklivb@muohio.edu 513-217-4180 (work) or 330-635-6807 (cell; only for emergencies) OFFICE (Johnston 204C): CLASS M 8:30 AM – 12 PM TR 2:15 – 3:30 PM Johnston 120 TR 8:30-9:15 AM, 10:45-11:45 AM and by appointment **PREREQUISITE – NO EXCEPTIONS!** You must have passed PSY 111 (Introduction to Psychology) or its equivalent at the college level, or an AP psychology class and passing score in high school, to enroll in this class. Please see the instructor if you have any questions about whether or not you have met the prerequisite. COURSE DESCRIPTION Have you ever wondered whether people in cultures outside the U.S.A. experience life in the same way that you do? For example how does cultural background influence one’s values? Is nonverbal communication the same for every culture? What is the influence of culture on the diagnoses and treatment of psychological disorders? The purpose of this course is to answer those questions (and more) and to help you gain a deeper appreciation of the role of culture as a context for psychological functioning and behavior. Together we will examine human behavior with national (internal to this country) and global (cultures external to this country) lenses to understand what is unique and what is common in human experience across cultures. Such topics that we will discuss in class include culture and communication, social behavior, identity, and development. The readings selected offer a discussion on U.S. culture in comparison and contrast to other cultures (especially China). The course is also designed to help you facilitate a deeper understanding of YOURSELF as a cultural being: not only an individual and but also a member of a culture or cultures. I expect the course will provoke self- analysis concerning your personal values, behaviors, feelings and ways of
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thinking, encouraging you to investigate-and perhaps challenge-some of your assumptions about who you are and how the world works. This course has G-approval, meaning it satisfies one of the courses for the “Global” aspect of the Global Miami Plan (and the Miami Plan in general, for those who started before Fall 2010). To this end, the course is designed: 1) To provide you with the opportunity to learn about psychological issues from both national and global perspectives. 2) To train you think critically about cultural issues by having you writing about, discussing and critiquing cross-cultural research and writings. 3) To facilitate your ability to communicate and act respectfully across linguistic and cultural backgrounds by expanding your understanding of contexts and engagement with other learners. To this end you will have the opportunities for a) interacting in group meetings and/or one-on-one pairings with international students from the Oxford campus, b) participating in learning excursions with a cultural group of your choice that is unfamiliar to
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