Position of the Course
- Having a good insight in the cultural variability of behaviour.
- Being able to reflect on a conceptual level on the relationship between culture and behaviour.
This course starts with the presentation of the ecocultural model. This is a general model to study and interpret the relationships between culture and behavior in a systematic way. Subsequently, the cross-cultural perspective for seven basic domains of psychological functioning will be explored, namely for development, social behavior, personality, cognition, language, emotion, and perception. For each of these domains, what has been treated already in other parts of the program will be first briefly refreshed, and then the specific cross-cultural perspective will be deepened. For each domain, the current debate will be presented. The overview of cross-cultural research findings and debates leads to a higher level of abstraction with a focus on the various models on the relationship between culture and behavior. First the angle of cultural anthropology is presented, then the relationship between culture and biology is discussed, subsequently the methodological pitfalls of cross-cultural research are focused on, and this part is completed with a comprehensive theoretical model of culture-behavior relationships. Finally, the knowledge is applied to one domain of cultural diversity in Belgium, namely on acculturation of immigrants.
Objectives of the relevant bachelor of science in psychology.
Teaching and Learning Material
- To be able to situate people in their interpersonal, social and cultural context (e.g., family, work, social framework) and to be able to handle this information appropriately.
- To be able to situate the variations in behavioural expressions and personal characteristics in relation to variations in physical, collective, and cultural contexts.
- To be able to select the relevant methods and techniques for scientific research and data-analysis and correctly be able to apply them in applied and fundamental research.
- To be prepared to and be able to contribute to the promotion of mental and social health and the well-being of individuals and groups in society.
- To have a broad knowledge background at one’s command.
Cost: 50.0 EUR
Berry, J. W., Poortinga, Y. H., Segall, M. H., & Dasen, P. R. (2002). Cross-Cultural Psychology: Research and Applications (2nd Ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Berry, J. W., Poortinga, Y. H., & Pandey, J. (Eds.). (1997) Handbook of cross-cultural psychology: Theory and Method (Vol. 1) (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
- Berry, J. W., Dasen, P. R., & Saraswathi, T. S. (Eds.). (1997) Handbook of cross-cultural psychology: Basic Processes and Human Development (Vol. 2) (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
- Berry, J. W., Segall, M. H., & Kagitçibasi, C. (Eds.). (1997) Handbook of cross-cultural psychology: Social behavior and applications (Vol. 3) (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Written examination with open questions.