Cultural Psychology

Course Code: PSYC 3002

Academic Year: 2021-2022

If you were born somewhere else, would you be the same person you are today? Would you have a few different traditions, but still have the same set of beliefs, attitudes and values? Alternatively, can the culture we are born into affect more than the languages we speak and religious rituals we practice? Can it fundamentally alter us, shaping the way we develop, think, reason and see the world? In the past 30 years, psychologists have begun to acknowledge the limitations in their previous assumptions that North American research would apply globally by examining the similarities and differences in human behaviour across societies. In this course we aim to develop a more comprehensive understanding of ourselves by highlighting those behaviours that do appear across cultures, and by purposefully seeking and examining those behaviours that vary widely across our diverse societies. Category and Level: Society, Culture and Commerce, Upper Level Restrictions: None Note: Students benefit from taking a lower level course in the Society, Culture and Commerce category prior to enrolling in this upper level course.