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Course module: 840122-B-6
Introduction to Cultural Psychology
Course info
Course module840122-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Is part of
B Liberal Arts and Sciences
Contact persondr. M. Bender
dr. M. Bender
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dr. M. Bender
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Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
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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 lectures.
Second, we strongly believe in “learning by doing”, and therefore, we use several practical modules: roleplaying games (negotiation and mediation) and a business case (on a tech start up operating globally).

This course is also meant to prepare non-psychology students for working in multinational and cross-cultural contexts. The course will be taught in English. 

Attendance of the practical elements (particularly video conferences) is compulsory. One absence is permitted.

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].
For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Gerwin van der Laan ( at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.
This course comprises 14 sessions, including two roleplaying sessions, a business case, one debate session, and one lecture dedicated to the exam preparation. 
Part 1 – what is culture, how do we study it, and why do we bother?
  1. Introduction to the Course and Overview
  2. What is Cultural Psychology? Basic Concepts and Methods
  3. Critical Thinking / Bias and Equivalence
  4. Cultural Transmission: Where does culture come from?
Part 2 – what is the role of culture in interaction?              [practice sessions]
  1. Roleplaying Session ‘Cafeteria’ – Mediation
  2. Roleplaying Session ‘Google’ – Negotiation
  3. Business Case: Managing a Global Team at Sun Microsystems
  4. Difficult Debates: Feminism and Multiculturalism
>> Student Debate
Part 3 – what is the role of culture in interaction?
  1. The role of social identity for inter-group interaction
  2. Acculturation and multiculturalism in a globalized world
  3. Biculturalism and multiple cultural references
  4. Intercultural Communication
  5. Working Internationally: Leadership, Expats, Diversity
  6. Exam preparation
Course available for exchange students
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