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PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Jenkins, Christina E.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Semester

F1E 2012 PE

Faculty

Jenkins, Christina E.

Title

Adjunct Professor of Psychology & Sociology

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
B.A. Public Relations with Sociology emphasis, Pepperdine University

Office Hours

Before/after class with an appointment

Daytime Phone

949-294-8096

E-Mail

christina.jenkins@park.edu

Semester Dates

August - October

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:25 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Cross-Cultural Psychology: Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications (4th Edition) By Eric B. Shiraev and David A. Levy Publication Date: 2009

ISBN-10: 0202665691

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Course Description:
PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology: 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:

Welcome to a very engaging and interactive class!  

Research has proven that utilizing a variety of teaching techniques enhances learning, understanding and retention.  Consequently, this classroom atmosphere will be interactive and employ an assortment of learning methodology.  My personal goal will be to make the course content engaging in order to further the learning experience.  In a collaborative environment, there will be a frank exchange of ideas and learning from the literature as well as from one another’s unique set of experiences.  For this reason, class attendance and participation will be germane toward accomplishing class objectives. In turn, I will expect my students to be prepared, participating and providing input during class discussion.  I will set high expectations for myself and my students with relation to our performance and our professional behavior inside and outside of the classroom.  We will be required to interact with one another in an ethical and respectful manner.

 

 Instructional Methodology


A variety of instructional methods will be used in this course - possibilities include: lectures, guest speakers, small and large group discussions, brainstorming, multi-media, role-play, debates, demonstrations, games, case studies, group activity projects, hands-on class participation activities and a variety of readings, as well as lab/field work and assignments to be completed outside of class.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Here are some of the questions you will explore during this course:
  2. What are my cultural roots/heritage?
  3. Do I have any stereotypes of other cultures?  How does stereotyping influence behavior?
  4. Do all nationalities think similarly?  How are emotions expressed in different cultures?
  5. Can intelligence be universally classified amongst all cultures?
  6. How might we help migrants best settle into their new 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:

1.  Family Tree/ Cultural Roots Assignment (200 pts.)

Written Portion- Your own Cultural "Roots" and Family Tree (100 points). It is important for us all to become aware of the cultural influences in our own families that have shaped our worldview. Starting with your parents, then grandparents, and so forth, use Internet genealogy websites to trace your own cultural heritage back as far as you can. This is a great opportunity to call your elder family members and discover some family history.

From your family background, chose two cultures that have had the strongest influence on your own worldview. For example, my father immigrated to the USA from Germany, and my mother’s family name is Scottish, so I chose those two. Identify how these two cultures have had an impact on your upbringing and cultural outlook.

Oral Portion - “Family Reunion” Presentation (100 points). During the semester, you will present your findings on your family tree/ cultural roots.  You don’t have to include anything you don’t feel comfortable with sharing with the rest of the class. Provide a display and feel free to bring in any photographs, memorabilia and/or family heirlooms that assist in painting the picture of where you come from.

2.  Interview of a Person from a Culture other than your own (150 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 and instructions will be provided in DocSharing.  You will present your findings to the class.

3.  Term paper (Core Assessment 240 pts.)

This is a chance for you to show what you have learned during the course. This will be due SUNDAY of Week 6.

 4.    Final Exam (200 pts.)

The final exam will take place during the last week of class. The exam will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions. 

5.  Instructor Evaluation/Participation and Preparation (210 pts.)

(a)   Each student will be assessed on his/her contribution to the lectures, discussion, debates and class time activities.

(b)   Weekly assignments (i.e. “Preparation”) are to be brought to each class and are awarded 10 points each.

(c)   Attendance: Students who do not make contact with instructor prior to class will be given an unexcused absence. In addition, student will lose all participation points for an unexcused absence.  

Grading:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Item / Assignment

Points

Family Tree/Cultural Roots Assignment (20%)

Written Portion- 100 pts.

Oral Portion- 100 pts.

200

Cultural Interview (15%)

Written Portion- 100 pts.

Oral Portion- 50 pts.

150

Core Assessment/ Literature Review (24%)

240

Final Exam (20%)

200

Participation & Preparation (21%)

30 pts x 7 wks = 210 pts

210

Total Points Possible

1000

 

 

  

Points

Grade

1000-900

A

889-800

B

799-700

C

699-600

D

Less than 600

F


RUBRIC for the Term Paper

Two Hundred and forty (240) points possible; below is the basic outline for the Term Paper.  

1.  Formatting (60 points total):

Assignment: Practice quoting and paraphrasing utilizing APA formatting- 20 points

Formatting within Paper: APA Format utilized and followed- 20 points

• Title Page- 4 points

·       Title: Capitals, informative, concise

·       Author, institution, and date

·       Page header and page numbers (on every page)

·       No Abstracts please

 • Body of paper- 16 points

Reference Page -20 points

References used within the text are cited on the reference page and consistency in how you have cited the references. In addition, if the reference is used in the paper there should be a listing in the Reference Page and vice versa. 

 2. Body of Paper: (120 points total)

·       Writing in a professional (non-conversational) manner. Professional writing includes, but is not limited to, the use of complete sentences, clear topic statements and supporting sentences, research or evidenced based rationales instead of unsupported opinions, transition sentences across paragraphs, integrating information from multiple sources, demonstrating multiple applications of critical thinking, and a concluding paragraph.

·       Main Points equally discussed; smooth transitions between points; convincing arguments made; points supported with references.

·       References cited within text; properly cited.

 

_____ Introduction: Exposition of research topic (What will you be examining and why?)

Theoretical reasoning leading to question or topic you are attempting to answer (Why is this topic important to study and what theory(ies) support the need to examine your topic?).

_____ Body:  Minimum of three main points given that illuminate the differences and three main points that discuss the similarities between your culture of origin and the culture you will be studying.  Each point needs to be referenced to a source.  Summary of relevant arguments (what did others study, why, what did they find, what were the implications of their findings?; make sure to tie this with the topic you are addressing).

_____ Conclusion: Practical implications and applications of findings to other behaviors (What does it all mean? What was learned? How can people apply the material you discussed to various situations?). Additional research questions stemming from current study (What else needs to be examined that was not addressed explicitly in your literature review? Why might these questions be important?).

3. Length of overall paper. (35 points total):

The paper should be between 7-10 pages in length (plus Title and Reference pages).

4. Spelling and Grammar. (20 points total)

       Correct tense

       Noun-verb agreement; noun-pronoun agreement

       Grammar/Spelling/Typing errors

       Punctuation

       Conciseness

       Cleanliness

5.  Hard Copy provided to class. (5 points)


Grades in the course are based on the number of points earned by the last day of class including the results of the final exam. Adjustments on individual assignments/tests are rare and at the instructor’s discretion. Adjustments to students’ total points at the end of the semester will NOT occur. For example, if students are 1 point away from the next letter grade, the grade will not simply move up one point. It is each student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her own total points and to increase performance during the semester if additional points are needed for the grade he/she wishes to earn in the course.

 

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Generally, late assignments will not be accepted.  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 the discretion of the instructor whether or not to render an extension. Please note that if an extension is given, 10% per each day past original due date will be deducted.  After the fourth day late, it will receive a zero. Please let me know if there are any questions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Phone/Pagers: These items are to be placed in the silent, vibrate, or off mode during class. Use of these devices in class (e.g., text messaging) is both rude and disrespectful. Because students in past semesters have disregarded this policy, a new policy was enacted (Spring 2010).

Be Respectful (both inside and outside of the actual classroom): As a student in this class, you should know upfront that you will encounter new ideas, topics, images and discussions, which may challenge your worldview. Some students may find this information personally offensive, uncomfortable, distasteful, or upsetting. Because the field of psychology addresses positive, neutral and negative aspects of human and animal behavior, we will discuss a broad range of topics that may not be pleasant for everyone. Please be respectful to your classmates and your instructor. Debates on relevant issues are encouraged, however no one should engage in personal attacks inside or outside of the classroom.

Email policy: Unless I am sick or out of town, I will usually respond to emails within a 24-48 hour period (Mondays-Fridays) when classes are in session.  I do not make this guarantee on the weekends, when I’m ill, or over holidays.  Please, do not be surprised or upset if you do not receive an immediate response to your emails. 

Drop Policy: In compliance with Park University’s policy, students will be dropped from the course after two consecutive unexcused absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Our course follows the general schedule in the table below. 

Students 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. 

 Course Week

Reading Assignment Due

Activities

  MISC

Thursday, Aug. 23rd/Week 1

Course Intro and Overview

Identify your interview subject; Start working on your family tree

Thursday, Aug. 30th / Week 2

Ch. 1, 3 & 4

Critical Thinking in C-C Psy. & Cognition: Sensation, Perception & States of Consciousness

Term Paper Assmt.Due in DropBox. Sept. 2nd, NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Thursday, Sept. 6th / Week 3

Ch. 11 & 5

Social Interaction & Emotion

Written portion of Family Tree Due in DropBox Sept. 9th , NLT 11:59 pm PST; Display brought to class 9/13

 

Thursday, Sept. 13th / Week 4

Ch. 7

Family Reunion Night & Motivation and Behavior

Interview Written Portion Due in Word Doc in DropBox Sept. 16th, NLT 11:59 pm PST

 

Thursday, Sept. 20th / Week 5

Ch. 8 & 9

Human Development & Socialization & Psychological Disorders

Interview Presentations Given

 

Thursday, Sept. 27th / Week 6

Ch. 10 & 6

Social Perception and Social Cognition & Intelligence

Interview Presentations Given

Term Paper Due in DropBox Sept. 30th , NLT 11:59 pm PST

Thursday, Oct. 4th / Week 7

Ch. 12

Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology

Interview Presentations Given

 

Thursday, Oct. 11th /Week 8

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  FINAL EXAM

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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
A note on term papers: Do not plagiarize. The internet makes it very easy to plagiarize, but it makes it even easier to check for plagiarism. All papers that use more than 5 consecutive words from a published source (including the Internet) or from another person's paper without enclosing them in quotation marks and providing accurate citation for the original source will receive a semester grade of "F” for the course and will be turned over to Park University administration for further disciplinary action, which may include permanent expulsion from Park University. Plagiarism is not limited to verbatim copying (see Park University catalog for definition and details).

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .

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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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