PS 361 Cross-cultural Psychology
FA 2008 HO
Kerkman, Dennis D.
Ph.D. (Developmental & Child Psychology, University of Kansas)M.S. (Psychology, University of Georgia )B.A. (Psychology, University of Kansas)
MA 223 (across from Bookstore), Ms. Hopkins (GTA) Office is MA225
M, W, F (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon). Ms. Hopkins' office hours: M,W,F 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, and T, TH 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..
584 6499 (Ms. Hopkins), 584-6502 (Dr. Kerkman)
August 18 - December 12, 2008
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
At least 6 hours of psychology (or permission of the instructor).
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Educational Philosophy: FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: “Philosophy” is the love of knowledge. “Education” is the process of guiding people out of ignorance into the light of understanding. “The Liberal Arts” are a set of disciplines that enable students to think critically and communicate effectively so they can understand themselves and the world around them, and how they can act for the purpose of serving a global community. Studying these arts therefore liberates, or frees students from the constraints of ignorance so they can understand and improve the world around them. To understand the Liberal Arts, one must cultivate certain literacies: analytical and critical thinking, community and civic responsibility, scientific inquiry, ethics and values, literary and artistic expression. In this course, the primary methods used to cultivate the literacies are: (1) learning by inquiry, reflection, and interaction (the Socratic Method of guided questioning in group discussions), (2) learning by experience (readings, lectures, demonstrations, videos, internet and other presentation media), and (3) learning by doing (hands-on interaction with the environment (e.g., collecting of one’s own research observations). The Socratic Method will be used in the form of “Discussions” to cultivate the development of analytic and critical thinking, community and civic responsibility, and ethics and values by guided questioning in group discussions of perennial themes and controversies (e.g., nature vs. nurture), and current events (e.g., politics, international trade agreements/disputes, inter- and intracultural conflicts such as wars, terrorism, etc.). These discussions frequently focus on issues with direct implications for community and civic responsibility. They also highlight cultural diversity issues and ethical and value judgments. Scientific Inquiry will be directly addressed through reading assignments, lectures, and hands-on assignments for learning how to collect and summarize the student’s own observations of naturally occurring human behavior. Please note: Cross-cultural Psychology is about how the culture one grows up in forges the beliefs, valeus, and belavior of individuals and groups; how people get along with or do not get along with other people. This topic is inherently controversial (e.g., politics, religion, wars). We all have very dearly held beliefs and attitudes. No one likes to consider, much less admit, that they might be wrong, especially in the ways that that think and feel and act toward other people. However, in order for us all to make progress toward being more educated, rational human beings, we must consider points of view other than our own, and we must be willing to dispassionately and objectively consider points of view other than our own, being sufficiently open-minded to acknowledge the fact that we might be wrong. A university is first and foremost a place for the free and frank exchange of ideas. The founding father of Western philosophy, Socrates, the Athenian, devised a method for getting people to examine their beliefs and points of view other than their own, which has come to be known as “The Socratic Method”. Socrates said that he didn’t know anything for certain, all he had were lots of questions. He asked his students questions that made them seriously re-consider and even doubt the validity of their most dearly held beliefs about themselves and others. This can be rather uncomfortable, because no one likes to consider the idea that they might be wrong. In fact, Socrates’ questions made the citizens of ancient Athens so uncomfortable that they voted to have Socrates stoned to death for allegedly “corrupting the youth of the city” by encouraging the young people of the city to question their parents’ most dearly held beliefs. Rather than be stoned to death, Socrates committed suicide. I have no desire to be stoned to death or to commit suicide, but I do want all of us to become more balanced and rational and objective in our knowledge how people feel, think, and act, and do or do not get along with each other. So, I am going to tell you in advance that I will intentionally challenge some of your beliefs and you also are free to challenge mine, so long as we all understand that we are doing this for the purpose of helping each other gain a more balanced and rational understanding of ourselves and each other. No one is perfect, and that from time to time all of us have been wrong. In this class, we will all have to be open-minded enough to consider the possibility that some of our thoughts and feelings and attitudes toward other people might be wrong, and we have to be forgiving enough to accept the fact that when someone challenges our beliefs, he or she is doing so for the purpose of trying to understand our point of view and helping us to understand points of view other than our own. This will be much easier said than done, but it is the oldest and still the best way of teaching that I know. Notice: If you do not feel comfortable with the idea of having your beliefs challenged, then you should drop this course immediately.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
FINAL RESEARCH PROJECT.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Cultural adaptation Presentation
Letter Grade Points:
A – 450-405
B – 404-360
C - 359-315
F - 269-0
Late Submission of Course Materials: LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day when they are due (see schedule, below). If you fail to show up on the day of your presentation, you will receive a 0 (zero) for that presentation, unless you have a Doctor's note or an accident report. Late term paper proposals or reports will be penalized 15% for each weekday or portion thereof that the assignment is late. If you notify me 24 hours IN ADVANCE that you will be absent, then you will be allowed to make-up exams or presentations.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Schedule: Subject to change by the professor.
Overview: History, Theories, & Findings
M Aug 18th
Read Unit 2, Chapter 1 from your online textbook: Triandis, “Odysseus Wandered for 10, I Wondered for 50 Years” http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/triandis2.htm
W Aug 20th
Unit 2, Chap. 1. Triandis
F Aug 22nd
Read Unit 2, Chapter 14. Hofstede, G. (2007). Dimensionalizing cultures: The Hofstede model in context. http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/hofstede.htm
Unit 2, Chap. 14. Hofstede
W Aug 27th
Read Unit 2, Chapter 5, Matsumoto, D. (2002). Culture, psychology, and education. http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/matsumoto.htm
F Aug 29th
Unit 2, Chap. 5, Matsumoto
Read Unit 2, Chapter 6, van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2002). Types of cross-cultural studies in cross-cultural psychology. http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/vandeVijver.htm
M Sep 1st
Labor Day – No Class
W Sep 3rd
Unit 2, Chap 6, van de Vijver
F Sep 5th
Our Own Cultural Roots:
Read Unit 13, chapter 3, Georgas, J. (2003). Family: Variations and changes across cultures.
Discovering your own cultural “roots”.
M Sep 8th
Family & Culture: Unit 13, Chap. 3, Georgas
W Sep 10th
Example of Roots presentation - Dr. K’s Cultural Roots
Get started on your “Family cultural roots” presentation. (50 points)
F sep 12th
African American Lives (video)
M Sep 15th
Our Own "Roots"
(see Samples in eCompanion).
“Family cultural roots” presentation.
W Sep 17th
Our Own "Roots".
F Sep 19th
M Sep 22nd
W Sep 24th
F Sep 26th
M Sep 29th
W Oct 1st
ReadUnit 8, Chapter 1, Sojourners to another country: The psychological roller-coaster of cultural transitions.
Sussman, N. M. (2002).
F Oct 3rd
Unit 8, chap 1 Sojourners to another country: The psychological roller-coaster of cultural transitions.
M Oct 6th
W Oct 8th
Overview of Interviewing a person from another culture
Get started on your “Interview a person from another culture”. (See examples in eCompanion)
F Oct 10th
Review for Midterm
MIDTERM EXAM. (Covers all assigned readings, in-class presentations, videos to date). Available online (open book). 50 points.
Oct 13th -17th
FALL BREAK!! No Classes
M Oct 20th
Interview a person from another culture
Interview a person from another culture presentation
W Oct 22nd
F Oct 24th
M Oct 27th
W Oct 29th
F Oct 31st
M Nov 3rd
W Nov 5th
F Nov 7th
Adapting to Another Culture.
TERM PAPERS ARE DUE. (LATE PENALTY = -15% per day late. REALLY! )
M Nov 10th
Veteran’s Day – No class
Term papers are due before class on Wednesday
W Nov 12th
Adapting to another culture
Get started on “My plan to adapt to life in ____.”
F Nov 14th
“My plan to adapt to life in ____.”
“My plan to adapt to life in ____.” presentation
M Nov 17th
W Nov 19th
F Nov 21st
M Nov 24th
W Nov 26th
F Nov 28th
Thanksgiving Break – No Class
M Dec 1st
Study for final exam
W Dec 3rd
F Dec 5th
Review for final
Dec 8th -12th
FINALS WEEK (Check University Website for Schedule of Final Exams.)
FINAL EXAM: Monday, December 10, 2008 at 8:00-10:00. 50 points
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Attachments:Cultural Interview QuestionnaireRubric
Last Updated:8/12/2008 10:56:13 AM