Cross-Cultural Psychology
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3345
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
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.
Course Open to: Degree Students