Exploration of the degree to which children and adolescents differ in their thinking, perceptions, emotions and identities as a function of culture.
Do you want to understand the way that culture shapes child and adolescent development? PSYC 428 Culture and Development is a seminar paper designed to give postgraduate students a deeper understanding of the way that culture affects psychological processes such as thinking, emotions, communication, identity, well-being, and parenting practices. This paper will critically evaluate cultural research and theories of development in New Zealand and throughout the world. The aim is for students to develop a deeper appreciation of the role of culture in human development. The paper will be useful for students going on to work in virtually any area of psychology, whether it is research, policy, or practice.
|Paper title||Culture and Development|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$666.57|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,895.09|
- PSYC 468
Entry into Psychology 400-level normally requires a major in Psychology, a B+ average or higher in Psychology 300-level papers, and a pass in PSYC 311 Quantitative Methods. We highly recommend that students have completed PSYC 310. Students from other universities must show evidence of an equivalent level of competence.
Professor Elaine Reese (email@example.com)
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- Paper Structure
Students meet for two hours each week to discuss a topic in culture and development. The paper is in a seminar format, so students are expected to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings each week. Guest lecturers will also be invited to discuss their experiences conducting cultural research or applying principles from cultural research in their practice. Students will complete two pieces of internal assessment. The first is an application project, in which students will select a video clip or news article that illustrates a cultural misunderstanding. Students will present the misunderstanding to the class and, using their knowledge of cultural psychology, will pinpoint the reasons for the misunderstanding and will recommend ways that the misunderstanding could have been prevented and/or resolved. Students will also supply a written annotated bibliography of the research used in solving/resolving the issue (20%). The second is a research proposal on any aspect of cultural developmental psychology (30%).
- Oral Presentation/Annotated Bibliography - 20%
- Research Proposal - 30%
- Final Exam (open-book/open-note) - 50%
Target readings will be posted to eReserve.
Recommended: American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Available for purchase at: https://www.bookdepository.com/Publication-Manual-American-Psychological-Association-American-Psychological-Association/9781433805615
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be:
- Familiar with theories of cultural and developmental psychology (Scholarship, Information Literacy).
- Able to critique basic research in cultural and developmental psychology (Critical Thinking, Research)
- Familiar with the way that culture influences development (Scholarship, Information Literacy, Cultural Understanding).
- Knowledgeable about Kaupapa Māori approaches to research (Scholarship, Information Literacy, Cultural Understanding, Research).
- Able to express their knowledge orally and in written assignments (Communication).