This course provides an overview of the field of cross-cultural psychology. Different theoretical approaches to the study of culture and psychology are reviewed with an emphasis on multicultural psychology. Research on worldviews, methods, social cognition, language and communication, emotions, mental health and psychological adjustment, and social and intergroup interactions are reviewed along with research on health, and multicultural competence.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Day: 1 - Casablanca - Sunday, 23 June
June 23 (Casablanca, Morocco) The purpose of this field lab is to observe religious and family beliefs and practices in Casablanca, Morocco. Islam is practiced by the majority of Moroccans and religious beliefs have a strong impact on personal, family, and social relationships. One of the objectives of this field lab is to learn about the Islamic faith and its influence on values and behaviors. Another objective is to understand how family and religious beliefs interact in Moroccan culture. Our activities will involve visiting a mosque and the home of a middle-class Moroccan family. Students will learn basic tenets and practices of the Islamic faith. They will learn how the Islamic religion informs family relationships including how children are socialized, and men and women’s roles and responsibilities in the family. They will also learn how religion affects other day-to-day social and personal activities. In what ways are these religious beliefs and practices similar to and different from other religions? The family is the most important unit in Moroccan culture and students will learn about Moroccan families while visiting a Moroccan family. During the visit, students should consider values, interactions, behaviors, and parenting patterns and how they are similar and differ from those found in the United States. What are the implicit and explicit norms that are observed from children and parents? How do parents communicate with their children? And, how do the children respond? Is the composition of the family different from the family in the United States? If so, in what ways? What did you learn from this visit about parenting and children’s relationships with their parents that differ from children in the United States and other countries you have visited? Academic Objectives:
- To learn about the Islamic faith and its influence on values and behaviors.
- To understand how family and religious belief interact in Moroccan culture
- To understand cross-cultural differences in family socialization practices