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basic understanding of some of the concepts in cross-cultural psychology. When you walk away from the course, I hope you have a better sense of how culture influences individual behavior, and an understanding of the cultural stigma around mental health. Please think about what you have learned in this course and answer the following question. Please be specific:
- What is something you learned that you didn’t know before taking this class and how has it influenced your life?
- What is one psychological concept covered in the course that you have now applied in your own life- be specific.
- What is one concept you were confused about and how you do you think I could make it less confusing?
- What is the most helpful thing in this course that I should keep doing for future courses?
- How can I improve this course for student in the future? Please be honest as I value feedback and want students to enjoy the course.
Teaching PhilosophyWelcome to Cross-cultural Psychology! The course will provide you with an introduction to theories and research findings regarding cultural influences on human behavior and cognitive processes (lifespan development, abnormal behavior and mental health, drug use, self-concept, emotion, gender schemas and gender roles, social behavior, perception, learning, intelligence and memory). By providing students with a non-judgmental understanding of how culture influences human behavior, you will be more equipped to interact in a world where there is increasing contact among different cultures. We will also explore how culture can be defined and the various culture you may belong to. I am excited to get to know all of you and discuss the importance of psychology in our everyday lives. My job as an educator is to facilitate learning. I believe knowledge is power and that every individual has the potential to learn. I believe in student-centered learning and that you, as the student, come into class with a wealth of knowledge already. I tailor all of my courses depending on who is taking each class and the unique experience each student brings. Learning can be both fun and challenging and I hope to provide you with a course that you truly enjoy and see how what you learn in the classroom applies to the real world. Student Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, you will be able to:Critically evaluate how terms like ethnicity, culture, nationality, and race are used in real-world scenarios. Compare and contrast individualism and collectivism. Evaluate how culture shapes individual’s personality and perception of psychological disorders among two or more of the following groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Latino/a Americans, and/or Asian Americans. Analyze how intersectionality–including gender identity, cultural identity, sexual orientation, and race–impacts stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. Develop your own understanding of the role culture plays in individual and group behavior by applying the major theories, concepts, and empirical findings of cross-cultural psychology.