PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology
F1T 2009 DL
Kerkman, Dennis D.
Professor, Department of Psychology & Sociology
B.A., Psychology (University of Kansas)M.S., Psychology (University of Georgia at Athens)Ph.D., Developmental & Child Psychology (University of Kansas)
MA 223 Parkville Campus
11:00 a.m. - 12 noon, M-F
August 17 - October 11, 2009
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“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:
Overview of Learning Assessments
This is not an introductory level course. It is an upper-level course. You are expected to do ALL of the reading, outside readings and research, and in-depth application of the skills presented. Merely doing the minimum assignment is NOT enough to get an A in this course. Please print and read the assignment directions carefully each week. Each week, you will have regular assessments:
Overview of Learning Assessments
B. Interview of a Person from a Culture other than your own (50 pts). You will be expected to find a person who grew up in a culture other than your own and interview them. An interview form that was developed and tested by students and the instructor at the Parkville campus is provided (see Week 5 Home page). Since the Parkville campus has students from about 100 different countries ranging anywhere from Micronesia to Iceland to Kenya to Nepal, it has been through a "shake-down cruise", but it is still a work in progress and we’re always open to suggestions. You will submit your completed interview to the discussion thread for your classmates to view and comment on. This will be due on Sunday of Week 5 at midnight CST!
Discussion Rubric (12.5 points per week X 8 weeks = 100 total points out of 400 total points in the course).
1. Be sure to answer each part of the question as it is written (5 points)
2. Be sure to quote a specific passage in the reading assignment (in quotes, with page number) for that week to support your position (2.5 points).
3. Be sure to offer an intelligent, educated reply to at least one of your classmates' responses that serves to further the discussion (5) points.
Your discussion should be no less than 100 words and no more than 150 words. This is about 7 sentences ( -2 points for discussions that are too short or too long. Suggestion. Write in MS-Word, then click on Tools and chose "word count" to verify word count, then copy and paste into your discussion thread response).
Presentations (Family Cultural Roots, Interview with someone form another culture)
100 (2 @ 50 points)
Participation in discussion thread
100 (8 @ 12.5 points)
100 (1 @ 100 points)
50 (1 @ 50 points)
50 (1 @ 50 points)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
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2. Read Unit 2, Chapter 6,
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