Comparisons of human thought and behavior across cultures provides a natural experiment in the relative influence of culture and other factors on the behavior of individuals and families. This course will examine cultural differences and similarities in basic psychological constructs such as attachment in the family, socialization of gender roles, identity development, individualism and collectivism, and emotional expressiveness. This course will draw upon ideas from anthropology, sociology, biology, and geography to examine ways that thought and behavior vary across cultures as well as the etiology and consequences of this variation. The focus will be on critically thinking about the material and engaging respectfully in an ongoing conversation as the multicultural community of students emerges over the semester and in the focused explorations around the world. Also included will be a focus on acculturation and biculturalism.
Field WorkCountry: Trinidad and Tobago
Day: 2 - Friday, 27 November
Students will have the opportunity for in-depth discussions with young people from Trinidad. Questions will be accumulated in class related to cross-cultural contexts, and these questions will guide one-on-one and small group discussion. The settings for these conversations will include on-campus and informal off-campus settings. Conversations will address the set of topics for the full semester: Social and cognitive worlds, multiculturalism, health, and morality. Students will be prepared to open and examine their own lives as they explore the lives of young people in Trinidad Academic objectives: 1. Apply cross-cultural psychology by thinking critically about theory and research in a person-to- person context. 2. Make person-to-person connections with young people in Trinidad 3. Learn about culture and psychology in the context of Trinidad