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PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Binkley-Webb, Ophelia


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Semester

F1T 2008 DL

Faculty

Binkley-Webb, Ophelia

Title

Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

BS with Dual Majors in Psychology and Social Work
MA in Psychology
Master's of Liberal Arts

Office Location

Southeast Texas

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesdays 6:30PM until 8:00 PM

Daytime Phone

713-417-3794

E-Mail

Ophelia.BinkleyWebb@park.edu

saaacademy@sbcglobal.net

Semester Dates

Fall 1 2008I

Class Days

Online Class

Class Time

Online Class

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Online Readings in Psychology and Culture
Center for Cross-Cultural Research
Western Washington University
Burlington, Washington USA
 

The text is available for free at: http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/readings.htm.

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Course Description:
Emphasizing active learning, we will examine the social cultural forces impacting human behavior. Specifically we will address the dynamics of culture as a psychological variable, the global perspective in psychology,theories of culture and behavior, cross-cultural research methods, cognition, language, culture and gender, socialization, cultural differences in social behavior, intergroup relations, organizational behavior across cultures, and culture and health. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This course we will learn how the science of psychology helps to develop culture and how our culture influences our view of the world and the ways in which we think, feel and behave.

It is my goal to use active learning thorugh examining the sociocultural forces impacting human behavior.  Our class eill study the factors of culture from a psychological perspective via class discussions, associated assignments and readings from the text and the World Wide Web.


Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define “culture” and describe its relationship to psychology.
  2. Describe the major dimensions of psychological differences between cultures and provide concrete examples of these differences.
  3. Describe the students' own cultural heritage and provide concrete examples of how their cultural heritage affects their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  4. Compare and contrast the student's own culture with another individual's culture, based on a first-hand interview as well as on scientific research.
  5. Describe how the student would adapt to life in another culture.


Core Assessment:

FINAL RESEARCH PROJECT.

  • 4) Term paper (Core Assessment 100 pts) - This is a chance for you to show what you have learned during the course. This will be due on Sunday of Week 7 at midnight CST! The specific requirements are provided on the Core Assessment page. To learn more about this assignment, click on the Final Project in Week 7. Chose a culture other than the one you grew up in. Summarize at least 3 journal articles on psychological differences between the two cultures. Evaluate the methodological soundness of each study and discuss flaws as well as inherent difficulties in conducting scientifically sound research to compare cultures. Identify at least 3 ways the two cultures differ and 3 ways in which the cultures are similar, based on either Triandis' 10 Cultural Syndromes (http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/triandis2.htm), or Hofstede's 5 Cultural dimensions (http://www.geert-hofstede.com/). Use journal articles to support your arguments. Suppose you've been awarded a one-semester Study Abroad opportunity in which you will live with a family from that culture, work, and study in that culture. How will you have to adjust your attitudes and behaviors in order to get along and have a positive experience during your semester abroad? Describe 3 goals or general principles that you will use to guide yourself in making judgments about the other culture. 7-10 pages, APA style. At least 3 articles must be found in PsychInfo or PsychArticles. Paper counts for 100 points of the 400 points available in this course.

        

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Discussions MidTerm Presentations Term Paper  Final Exam
Due Weeks 1-8 Due Week 4 Due Weeks 4 and 6 Due Week 7 Due Week 8
Worth 12.5 points per discussion week. Worth 50 points Worth 50 points each Worth 100 points Worth 50 points
Total of 400 points   

For additional information on the assignments please read the Course Schedule and the Overview of Learning Activities

Grading:
A - 360-400
B - 320-359
C - 280-319
D - 240 - 279
F - 0-239

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Mountain Time). No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it was due, unless you have contacted be before the due date and explained any special circumstances. I will then decide whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work. Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern. There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame expected.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect that the interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional. Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable.

To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt or Arial 10pt as the font.

Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

Please recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink, Internet connections die, and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your submissions and your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments. Assignments posted after the weekly deadline will not receive credit.

Rules for On-Line Participation

  1. The classroom is for public messages. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. All e-mails sent to the instructor and other students must include: PS101, purpose of e-mail, and student's full name in the subject line of the e-mail. E-mails without this information will be returned without being read. Students are required to use Pirate Mail for online classes. All information concerning the class will be sent through Pirate Mail.
  2. Students are expected to complete at least 5 hours per week logged onto the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving e-mails, exploring the text website, and conducting research will be in addition to this. Students need to remember that this is an accelerated course (covering a semester of materials in 8 weeks) and during the 8 weeks, it is anticipated that you will spend an additional 10+ hours per week completing course assignments.
  3. All students will participate in discussions through responses. Conventions of on-line-etiquette include courtesy to all users. This is expected in this class.
  4. Students should have a current anti-virus software and should update their software weekly as a protection to themselves as well as others who are participating in this class. This is everyone's responsibility. It is required that you use the Pirate Mail e-mail addresses that are available to all Park University students.
  5. All assignments need to be submitted by posting assignments in the classroom threads or into the drop box. If it becomes necessary for an assignment to be sent via e-mail or FAX, arrangements need to be made before the assignment is due.
  6. Please read the Syllabus!

E-Mail Procedures

General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:

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Purpose of the e-mail

Full name

It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class. All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Artifact evaluates the methodological soundness 4 or more studies and discuss flaws as well as inherent difficulties in conducting scientifically sound research to compare cultures. Artifact evaluates the methodological soundness 3 studies and discuss flaws as well as inherent difficulties in conducting scientifically sound research to compare cultures. Artifact evaluates the methodological soundness only 1 or 2 studies and discuss flaws as well as inherent difficulties in conducting scientifically sound research to compare cultures. No evaluation of methodological soundness or discussion of flaws or inherent difficulties in conducting scientifically sound research to compare cultures. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Artifact identifies more than 3 ways the two cultures are similar, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. Artifact identifies 3 ways the two cultures are similar, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. Artifact identifies only 1 or 2 ways the two cultures are similar, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. Artifact fails to identify any ways in which the two cultures are similar, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Artifact identifies more than 3 ways the two cultures differ, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. Artifact identifies 3 ways the two cultures differ, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. Artifact identifies only 1 or 2 ways the two cultures differ, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. Artifact fails to identify any ways in which the two cultures differ, based on Triandis' or Hofstede's system. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Artifact explains how student will have to adjust attitudes and behaviors in order to 4 or more differences in order to get along and have a positive experience during the student's semester abroad. Artifact explains how student will adjust attitudes and behaviors to 3 differences in order to get along and have a positive experience during the student's semester abroad. Artifact explains how student will have to adjust attitudes and behaviors to only 1 or 2 differences in order to get along and have a positive experience during the student's semester abroad. Artifact fails to identify any ways in which the student will adjust attitudes and behaviors to adapt to differences in order to get along or have a positive experience during the student's semester abroad. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
No factual errors or major omissions in presentation about the similarities and differences and effective adjustment of behaviors and attitudes in order to adapt to the other culture. Only 1 factual error or major omission in presentation about the similarities and differences and effective adjustment of behaviors and attitudes in order to adapt to the other culture. 2 or 3 factual errors or major omissions in presentation about the similarities and differences and effective adjustment of behaviors and attitudes in order to adapt to the other culture. 4 or more errors or major omissions presentation about the similarities and differences and effective adjustment of behaviors and attitudes in order to adapt to the other culture. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
APA Style has no more than 1 error. APA Style has 2 or 3 errors. APA Style has 4 or 5 errors. APA Style has 6 or more errors. 
First Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Multicultural: Demonstrates knowledge of 4 or more psychological dimensions of cultural similarities and 4 or more differences, based on either Trandis' or Hofstede's systems. Multicultural: Demonstrates knowledge of 3 psychological dimensions of cultural similarities and 3 differences, based on either Trandis' or Hofstede's systems. Multicultural: Demonstrates knowledge of only 1 or 2  psychological dimensions of cultural similarities, or only 1 or 2 differences, based on either Trandis' or Hofstede's systems. Multicultural: Fails to demonstrate knowledge of psychological dimensions of cultural similarities or differences, based on either Trandis' or Hofstede's systems. 
Second Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Ethics & Values: Student describes 4 or more goals or principles for making judgments about other cultures.



 
Student describes 3 goals or principles for making judgments about other cultures.





 
Ethics & Values: Student describes only 1 or 2 goals or principles for making judgments about other cultures.



 
Ethics & Values: Student fails to describe goals or principles for making judgments about other cultures.



 

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