Culture Shock: Cross-cultural Psychology

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture Shock: Cross-cultural Psychology

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A background in Psychology or Social Psychology recommended.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Over the past 30 years, globalization has brought with it a phenomenon that has increasingly been recognized by both psychologists and anthropologists as a viable field of research: Culture Shock. Also referred to as 'culture fatigue' or 'role shock, Culture Shock refers to the reactions of travelers during their first few months in a foreign country. This course presents Culture Shock within the context of cross-cultural psychology and puts a specific emphasis on the students' own experiences as they live and study in a foreign country. Topics explored will include the following: the role of communication and communication norms, cultural variables, taboos and rituals, and cultural adjustment.

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