Our course explores what psychology has to say about multicultural societies, international students, and cultural diversity. We will showcase insights from psychology via two approaches:|
First, we give an overview of the most influential models of cross-cultural differences and intercultural communication in several lectures.
Second, we strongly believe in “learning by doing”, and therefore, we use several practical modules: roleplaying games (negotiation and mediation), a business case (on a tech start up operating globally), cultural assimilators (a common intercultural competence training tool), and particularly videoconferences with our partner course in Lima, Peru.
The centerpiece of the course is the shared video conference classroom with our Peruvian partner course. Students form teams with Peruvian students to gather first hand ethnographic data on a topic of their choice, write an ethnographic report about this, and present in groups during the video conferences on articles in the field of business, psychology, and culture.
Attendance of the practical elements (particularly video conferences) is compulsory. One absence is permitted. The video conferences require consistent interaction to be useful.
Students will acquire a broad set of competencies across these different modules. A specific list with learning goals can be found in the syllabus on Canvas [not enough space here].
Chapters 13-16 from: Berry, J. W., Poortinga, Y. H., Breugelmans, S. M., Chasiotis, A., & Sam, D. (2011). Cross-Cultural Psychology: Theory and Applications (3rd Ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
E-book: Verkuyten, M. (2005). The Social Psychology of Ethnic Identity. Hove and New York: Psychology Press. http://www. myilibrary.com?id=9611 (access is free of charge, via VPN). Chapters 1-3 are required reading.
There will also be journal articles for lectures and video conferences.
Report, exam, and presentation constitute the assessment parts. All need to be passed. The presentation will count 20%, the report 40%, and the exam 40%.
The exam consists of seven open-ended questions, which represent the material dealt with in the lectures, based on the required readings (lectures, video conferences).