Social psychological theory and research findings emphasizing research methodology; applications to contemporary social problems.
From Instagram “likes” to Presidential approval ratings, we live in a technologically sophisticated global culture that affirms and/or challenges how we see ourselves as individuals. How do prejudice and hatred develop? How does our need to “belong” in a group impact how we view and judge others? In a course designed specifically for Semester at Sea, we will explore topics such as decision making, group processes, attraction and close relationships, persuasion, aggression and violence, prosocial behavior, and stereotypes and prejudice from a cross-cultural perspective. Focusing on the ABC’s of social psychology (affect, behavior and cognition) this course will carefully examine how culture and social media shape our understanding of ourselves and others and will include opportunities to integrate course material with social observations and learning experiences off the ship.
Field WorkCountry: India
Date: March 1, 2019
Students will meet, interact, and interview students and professors from a local university about the practice of arranged marriage in India. Semester at Sea and local students will start the day with lunch together to meet and get acquainted. Students will meet with local university professors to discuss the documentary, “A Suitable Girl,” and to learn about local customs related to standards of beauty, attraction, friendship, gender roles, dating, courtship, and marriage. Finally, students will have the opportunity to learn about traditional bridal rituals in India as well as meet and interview local women that own and operate their own businesses.
1. Discuss the history and current practice of arranged marriage in India and the expectations of marriage held by Millennials and Generation Z.
2. Observe examples of gender roles, dating, courtship, marriage and sexuality as portrayed in the documentary
3. Compare and contrast standards of beauty, sexuality, dating, and marriage in both the United States and India.
4. Interview local university students and professors in India regarding the realism of Hollywood and Bollywood films in portraying romance and sexuality as compared with both every day dating practices and arranged marriages.
5. Understand the influence of the media on India’s perceptions of beauty and sexuality, and compare and contrast the influence of Hollywood film’s on American perceptions of beauty of sexuality.
6. Compare and contrast body language cues in undergraduates from India and the United States.