Cultural Psychology

Universidad Veritas

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cultural Psychology

  • Host University

    Universidad Veritas

  • Location

    San José, Costa Rica

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    Course name: Cultural Psychology
    Course code 3050
    Total contact hours: 48
    Professor: Delia Peña

    This course introduces students to the field of psychology that examines the influence of culture upon human behavior and cognitive processes. ?Culture? is defined as the shared norms, values, and behaviors of groups and of the individuals in those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships, and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, student/teacher presentations, and field experiences

    By the end of the course, students will be able to:
    1. explain how culture affects the individual in at least three psychological areas;
    2. critically evaluate the research related to cultural effects on psychological processes;
    3. apply psychological concepts to the process of acculturation;
    4. integrate course-related ideas with personal behaviors, thoughts and feelings;
    within the BPS model..

    The course methodology is Non Formal Education. Activities will vary from case studies, movies, to round tables, visits, and reading discussions using the Experiential Cycle (Kolb). Students will be given an intro on this methodology to be used for class presentations. Topic will be complemented by the teacher.

    Presentation key points

    Use assigned library books/readings/internet to research content
    30/45 minutes length
    10 slides per power point
    One participatory activity
    One/two page summary of presentation topic for the peers indicating bibliography according to APA

    Presentations evaluation key points
    Ability to put content in a concise and easy to understand fashion
    Ability to keep group attentive
    Ability to ask and answer questions
    Ability to design a variety of activities

    Summary key points

    Presentation summaries will be gathered in a portfolio. This will be the content for Mid and Final Test.

    This course is structured for International Students attending the Study Abroad Program at Universidad Veritas. However, courses are not exclusive to foreigners so a few native students could enroll in this course.

    Students are allowed 3 nonconsecutive absences (justified or not).
    Course will be failed otherwise.
    Missing more than one day of class in a given month, will not allow course credits.
    3 late arrivals (15 minutes later) equal an absence.
    An absence to deliver homework, give a class presentation or do a test represents a 0

    Class Participation 30%
    Attendance 5%
    Oral presentation 15%
    Presentation summary 10%
    Mid written test 20%
    Final written test 20%


    Beck, Aron T, Emery, Gary, Greenberg, Ruth L. (1991) Anxiety Disorders And Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective United States: Basic Books
    Bochne, Stephen. (2001) Psychology of Culture Shock United States: Scribner.
    Bennett, M. (1991) American Cultural Patterns. Maine, USA: Intercultural Press, Inc.
    Heine, S. J. (2012). Cultural psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Norton.
    Sapolsky, Robert M. (2004) Why zebras do not get ulcers. United States: Henry Hold and Company.
    Seelye, N.Teaching Culture. Lincolnwood Illinois: NTB.
    Pedersen, P. (1996).Counseling Across Cultures. Oaks, London: Sag Pb.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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