Cross-Cultural Psychology (section 2)

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Belgrave
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1045
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 1 - Marseille - Saturday, 3 August | France
Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology Download Syllabus

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 Work

Country: France
Day: 1 - Marseille - Saturday, 3 August

Marseille has one of the largest populations of people of North African ancestry found in France.  This is especially so in the Noailles area of Marseille.  The goal of this field lab is to gain an appreciation for and better understanding of differing cultural patterns of behavior, including verbal and non-verbal behavior among native and immigrant people.  We will accomplish this goal by taking a walking tour of Noailles, spending time in an open market in Noailles, and having lunch at a local restaurant.  Using systematic observational methods, you will attend to and describe 1) the physical environment (e.g, architectural design of buildings, traffic patterns, sights, smells, artifacts, displays, etc), 2) the social environment (e.g., who is present,  how are they dressed, etc.), with a focus on 3) human interactions and communications.   You will observe the interactions and communications among diverse groups such as parents and children, vendors and customers, and men and women.  In what ways do communication and interaction patterns differ and in what ways do they seem similar to that of other cultural groups in Marseille?  In what ways do you see cultural norms and behaviors that are indigenous to Northern Africans displayed among the people?  If you have an opportunity to observe interactions between different cultural groups (e.g., immigrants and natives), comment on this also. What challenges do you think immigrants might face in Marseille and are these different from challenges immigrants in the United States might face. As an observer in a natural field setting please be sensitive to cultural norms and practices (e.g., respect privacy, do not take pictures of people without permission, be as unobtrusive as possible, and take your lead from our local escort). Academic Objectives: 1.         To understand how immigrants transmit indigenous cultural norms and values 2.         To recognize culturally different forms of nonverbal and verbal behaviors 3.         To understand how culture inform interactions and communication patterns