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PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Sencil, Stephanie D.


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

S2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Sencil, Stephanie D.

Title

Faculty Member

Degrees/Certificates

PhD-Counseling Education
PsyD-Clinical Psychology
MSW-Clinical Social Work

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

M-Thursday;10am-7pm MST; Saturdays 9am-noon

Daytime Phone

720-289-9066

E-Mail

stephanie.sencil@park.edu

sencil1@hotmail.com

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

ONLINE READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND CULTURE
Editors:
Walter J. Lonner, Dale L.
The course textbook is available for free online at the below address:

http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~culture/readings.htm


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


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

Educational Philosophy:

Something about me:


I teach for several online universities; and, in addition to my classroom work, I am a psychopathologist for a private company and licensed clinical social worker. I am licensed in several states. Teaching Philosophy: My philosophy for teaching is really about my passion for sharing knowledge and engaging in discourse with my students.

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:

Grading:
Presentations-there will be 2 presentations worth 50 points each-25% of the grade
Participation in Discussion Threads-worth 100 points accumulated over 8 weeks @12.5points a week-worth 25% of the grade
Term Paper-100 points-worth 25% of the grade
Midterm Exam-50 points-worth 12.5% of the grade
Final Exam-50 points-worth 12.5% of the grade
 
Total Points to be earned for the course over 8 weeks=400
 

Grading:

Grading Plan
Each Exam, i.e. midterm and final are worth 50 points.
The class term paper is worth 100 points
Discussion Thread participation over 8 weeks is worth 100 points
Each presentatio is worth 50 points and there are two for the course
 
Letter Grade Points
400-360=A
359-320=B
319-280=C
279-240=D
239-0=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

I want to discuss my policy on late assignments. This was posted in the week one welcome note; so, it is always a good idea to reinforce policy. Generally, I will not accept late assignments. If there is a reason you will not be able to submit your work on time, you must communicate with me at least 24 hours in advance. It is up to me whether or not to render an additional day or two extension. Please note that if your assignment was not submitted by the due date, i.e. Sundays for written assignments, you will not receive any credit. For DQ responses, I will deduct 10% per day the response is late. Please let me know if anyone has any questions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

  • Online - Etiquette/Courtesy: Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. It is important no to take disagreement personally. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which does not promote learning. Here are online references that discuss online writing http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .
  • E-Mail Procedures: General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:

PS361

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. I will check my e-mail frequently and will respond to course related questions within 24-48 hours unless I have notified you that I will be unavailable. All e-mail sent to me needs to be copy/pasted. No attachments will be accepted due to the risk of viruses.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Please review the Course Schedule  and respective weekly units for this information

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .

Additional Information:

Please make sure to review the late assignments policy and grading guidelines for this course.



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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