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Course module: 201800005
201800005
Comparing cultures: Theory and research
Course infoSchedule
Course code201800005
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (Bachelor Elaborating)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Interdisciplinary social and behavioural sciences;
Contact persondr. J.T. Thijs
E-mailj.t.thijs@uu.nl
Lecturers
Lecturer
J. Geerlings, MSc
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Contactperson for the course
dr. J.T. Thijs
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Lecturer
dr. J.T. Thijs
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Teaching period
2  (12/11/2018 to 01/02/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
2
Time slotD: WED-afternoon, Friday
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolment periodfrom 28/05/2018 08:00 up to and including 24/06/2018
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Post-registrationYes
Post-registration openfrom 08/10/2018 08:00 up to and including 12/10/2018
Waiting listNo
Aims
After finishing this course students can identify and comprehend the core epistemological and methodological questions in cross-cultural psychology. This means that they are capable of evaluating the quality of cultural comparative research, and taking a critical stance toward ‘traditional’ (‘mainstream’) psychological research. Students are also able to give explanations for cultural differences, and aware of the possibilities to apply cross-cultural insights.
 
The aims of the course are reflected in the examinations. The written exam contains questions about the causes, meanings, and (practical) consequences of cultural differences. The students present an empirical paper, and critically comment upon a research presented by their peers. Finally, students write an individual paper in which they critically discuss empirical research addressing a cross-cultural psychological research questions.  

Content
Cross-cultural psychology examines what is basic about human nature and what emerges as different depending on people’s cultures. It critically evaluates the generality of knowledge from mainstream psychology and covers a wide range of topics. This course provides a thorough introduction to cross-cultural psychology by focussing on three central overlapping aspects within the discipline. First, we will explore basic epistemological and methodological questions. For instance, we will ask whether people from different cultures can be meaningfully compared, how such comparisons should be carried out, and how culture can be operationalized. From the student, this requires a basic knowledge of methodology and statistics. Second, we will consider several explanations for understanding (the impact of) cultural differences and evaluate the cross-cultural validity of mainstream psychology theories. In doing so, we will address a variety of topics, including child-rearing, self-perception, personality, and moral reasoning. Finally, we will study contacts between members of different cultures.

Academic skills
•        Acquiring knowledge and insight
•        Developing critical judgment
•        Communicative skills (written and oral)
 
Competencies
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Entry requirements
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Required materials
Book
Smith, P.B., Fischer, R., Vignoles, V. L., & Bond, M. (2013). Understanding Social Psychology across Cultures (2nd edition). London: Sage. ISBN-13: 978-1-4462-6711-0
Items
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Instructional formats
Lecture

Class session preparation
Students are expected to study the relevant literature.

Seminar

Class session preparation
Students are expected to study the literature and present an additional paper.

Virtual Classroom

Tests
Paper
Test weight25
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Identifying and comprehending the core epistemological and methodological questions in cross-cultural psychology. Formulating plausible explanations for cultural differences. Summarizing and evaluating cross-cultural research.

Presentation
Test weight15
Minimum grade5.5

Written test 1
Test weight60
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Identifying and comprehending the core epistemological and methodological questions in cross-cultural psychology. Formulating plausible explanations for cultural differences. Summarizing and evaluating cross-cultural research.

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