This course provides an overview of the field of cross-cultural psychology. It will review contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of culture and psychology, with a particular emphasis on evolutionary psychology and the nature vs. nurture controversy more generally. We will examine cross-cultural similarities and differences in relation to topics including attachment in the family context, psychological and behavioral effects of mass media, gender differences in socialization, judgments of physical attractiveness, the function of gossip in society, abnormal behaviors, emotional expression, and the concept of self. Port of call visits will provide first-hand opportunities to apply the material covered in class, or to discuss it with research or treatment professionals in those countries.
Field WorkCountry: Brazil
Day: 1 - Rio de Janeiro - Wednesday, 20 November
Spend the day exploring the samba, a music and dance with roots in the West African slave trade that has become closely associated in minds and hearts with the famous Brazilian Carnival. Students will learn about the history and development of the samba and related dances from an authority in Brazilian history before visiting a samba school, where they will participate in various carnival-related activities, including costume making, float building, and instrument playing. From the samba school students will travel to Casa Rosa, a local restaurant located in the backstreets of Favela Maloca and housed in one of Rio’s most famous historic brothels. Students will enjoy a meal of Feijoada (a Brazilian national dish) and samba the night away on one of several dance floors. Academic Objectives: