Cross-cultural Psychology
   
Reference HMPSYA01000011
Taught in First Master of Psychology - Main Subject: Clinical Psychology
First Master of Psychology - Main Subject: Theoretical and Experimental Psychology
First Master of Psychology - Main Subject: Personnel Management and Industrial Psychology
Second Master of Psychology - Main Subject: Teacher Education and Training
Specific Teacher Training Programme in Psychology
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 120.0
Studypoints (E) 4
Level  
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Johnny Fontaine
Department PP09
Co-lecturers  
Key Words

culture, behaviour

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.

Contents

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.

Starting Competences

Objectives of the relevant bachelor of science in psychology.

Final Competences

  • 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.

Teaching and Learning Material

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.

References

  • 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.

Study Coaching

By appointment.

Teaching Methods

Lectures.

Evaluation Methods

Periodical evaluation.

Examination Methods

Written examination with open questions.

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