Cross Cultural Psychology
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 2345
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Traditional theories of psychology, developed primarily by Western Europeans and North Americans, are based on the unexamined assumption that all human behavior can be explained by a single worldview. However, recent research has demonstrated that despite certain universals among human societies, norms in non-Western societies may differ from those in Western Europe and North America. In this course, students learn to make distinctions between behaviors exhibited by all humans, like the use of language, and culturally determined behaviors. To that end, we explore the influence of culture on perception, cognition, education, individual and social behavior, expressions of physical and mental illnesses, and self-perception. Note: this course was formerly numbered NPSY3345. Do not take NPSY2345 if you have already taken NPSY3345; they are the same course and cannot be taken for credit twice.