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PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Kitchen, Michelle M.


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

F2T 2009 DL

Faculty

Kitchen, Miki M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD., Educational Psychology
M.S., Educational Psychology
B.S., Psychology

Office Location

South Carolina

Office Hours

M-F; 11-2 (also available by appointment); all emails responded to within 24 hours

Daytime Phone

843-991-7409

E-Mail

Michelle.Kitchen@park.edu

Semester Dates

F2T 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

Recommended: PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Lonner, Dinnel, Hayes & Sattler (eds). Online readings in psychology and culture. Western Washington.

Avaliable at: http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/readings.htm
 
NOTE: This textbook is available for free online at the above website      

Additional Resources:

Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions:
http://www.geert-hofstede.com/hofstede_dimensions.php
 
Genealogy:
http://www.familysearch.org/
 
African American Geneology:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aalives/
 
Our Ancient Ancestors:
https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/
 

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Course Description:
PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology (MLL): 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

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:

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback, to help you critically analyze the information and to communicate this knowledge in a professional manner. Each student is responsible for:
  • Completing weekly reading assignments
  • Participating in weekly discussions
  • Completing the midterm and final exams
  • Designing a Powerpoint Cultural Roots presentations
  • Conducting an interview and providing a summary
  • Conducting research and writing the final core assessment term paper

 

Grading:

Discussions  
8 @ 12.5
100 points
Midterm Exam
 
50 points
Cultural Presentation
 
50 points
Interview & Summary
 
50 points
Core Assessment - 3 stages
 
100 points
Final Exam
 
50 points
Total Available
 
400 points
 
Grading Scale:
 

A

90% - 100%

360 - 400

B

80% - 89%

320 - 359

C

70% - 79%

280 - 319

D

60% - 69%

240 - 279

F

59% - and below

239 - and below

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will only be accepted with written permission; otherwise, a 5% late penalty per day will be assessed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Interaction - Students are responsible for checking email, monitoring online discussion threads, and reading all course announcements on a regular basis. Online instructors will use email, discussion threads, and/or announcements to communicate important course information.
  • Email - Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email you must identify yourself fully by name and class; otherwise, it will not be opened or read. Online instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours. Email is the preferred form of communication for private, course-related communications.
  • Online Discussions - Online discussions are public messages and all writing in this area will be viewable by the entire class, so be sure to use proper grammar and netiquette.
  • Announcements - Announcements will be posted to remind you of important information or to highlight course activities. Announcements can be found at the top of the Course Home tab.
Submission of Assignments - Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch will not erase your efforts. All assignments should be submitted with the following file extensions - all others will not be read, .doc, docx, rtf, pdf
 
Participation Standards - You are expected to actively participate in this course. All your online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. What you put into an online course reflects your level of professionalism. For more information, see writing online at http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette at http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following overview provides some guidelines to assist you in planning your coursework and scheduling the major learning activities in this course:
 
 

Week

Readings

Due Wednesday

Due Saturday

1

Unit 2, Ch 1
Unit 2, Ch 14
Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Introduction

     

  • 2

    Unit 2, Ch 5
    Unit 2, Ch 6
    Powerpoints
    Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Culture Selection for Core Essay (5 points)

     

  • 3

    Georgas Article
    Powerpoints

     

    Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Cultural Roots Presentation (50 points)
  • 4

    National Geographic Website

    PBS Website
    Classmates Cultural Presentation
    Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Midterm (50 points)
  • 5

    Internet Research Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Interview Presentation (50 points)
  • 6

    Classmates Inteview Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Bibliography for Core Essay (20 points)
  • 7

    Sussman Article
    Wang Article
    Final Review
    Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Core Essay (75 points)
  • 8

    Initial Post (4.5 points)
  • Response to two classmates (8 points)
  • Final Exam (50 points)
  • 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

    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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

    Disability Guidelines:
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    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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