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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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?
- Introduction to the Course and Overview
- What is Cultural Psychology? Basic Concepts and Methods
- Critical Thinking / Bias and Equivalence
- Cultural Transmission: Where does culture come from?
Part 2 – what is the role of culture in interaction? [practice sessions]
- Roleplaying Session ‘Cafeteria’ – Mediation
- Roleplaying Session ‘Google’ – Negotiation
- Business Case: Managing a Global Team at Sun Microsystems
- Difficult Debates: Feminism and Multiculturalism
>> Student Debate
Part 3 – what is the role of culture in interaction?
- The role of social identity for inter-group interaction
- Acculturation and multiculturalism in a globalized world
- Biculturalism and multiple cultural references
- Intercultural Communication
- Working Internationally: Leadership, Expats, Diversity
- Exam preparation