Culture and Psychology

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Course DatesMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
July 08, 2019 - July 19, 20197/08 - 7/19M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenSoyeong Kim
Sneha Thamotharan

Course Description

How does culture influence the way we interact each other? Does Western psychology differ from Eastern psychology? What are implicit and explicit biases, and how do we recognize them? What does it mean to be in an inter-racial relationship? There are so many mundane questions that arise when we think about culture in psychology. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to general theories and methods related to culture and diversity.

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to general theories and methods related to culture and diversity. It will explore the ways in which psychology is socially constructed and how cultural traditions transform the human psyche. The course is meant to stimulate an ongoing discussion and self-exploration on issues in multicultural psychology such as: identity development, acculturation, racism and prejudice, heterosexism, white privilege, and cultural stigma.

The course will include didactic, experiential activities, reflective writing and critical analysis that are relevant to developing students’ self-awareness, understanding about how culture may influence our behavior, and skills across relevant areas of professional and personal practice in the context of psychological science.

1. Develop self-awareness to personal biases that influence one’s behavior and attitudes in intercultural contexts.
2. Enhance your understanding about cultural differences and how culture influences human behavior.
3. Provide exposure to current issues in cultural issues in our society.
4. Promote cultural competence and empathy to one’s culture and others’ cultures and beliefs.
5. Identify the range of mental health outcomes associated with culture.
6. Provide information for those considering a career in multicultural psychology and/or relevant fields

Prerequisites: None


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPY0957
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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