Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
Traditional psychology emerged in a European milieu that reflected the cultural traditions and values of Western society. The field of cross-cultural psychology applies the theories and methods of contemporary psychological science to research on the characteristics and behavior of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. This course familiarizes students with methods used in cross-cultural research and with differing theoretical perspectives on the role of culture, race, and ethnicity in shaping thinking, attitudes, emotions, personality, and behavior. Course readings include topics such as similarities and differences across cultures in the expression and regulation of emotion, the concept of the self, mate selection, parenting practices, family and friendship ties, and inter-group relationships. The course also examines cultural variations in the development and manifestations of psychological disorders and cultural beliefs and practices concerning health and psychological well-being.