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Course Description and Objectives
This course provides with understanding on how people grow, develop and adapt at different life stages. Students will be introduced to theories related to human development (i.e., normative physical, intellectual, cognitive, emotional, and social development of personality) and the impact of culture on it. Developmental psychology aims to research how humans learn, mature and adapt to their environment in order to promote the expression of their potential. Students will be encouraged to carry out some academic social research in order to apply theoretical knowledge in a natural environment.
In studying this subject, students will be given the opportunity to reflect on the notion that even though individuals and groups of individuals differ from each other, some ideas, values, and behaviors may be universal and shared by all humans in all cultures (e.g., the capacity to learn a language, raise children, and fall in love). In particular, they will apply this reflective process to their own cultural experiences and personal development while in Italy. This course is ideal for students majoring in psychology or education and/or who also wish to carry out independent study.
All the people like us are WE, and everyone else is THEY;
And THEY live over the sea, while WE live over the way.
But – would you believe it? – They look upon WE as only a sort of THEY.
– Rudyard Kipling
Service Learning Project
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Relate theoretical models to everyday experiences and real life examples
- Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Italian Culture
- Learn ways of integrating with different cultures
- Understand the implications of growing in a multi- cultural society
The course will expose students to the main cross-cultural theoretical models and challenge them to relate theoretical concepts to their everyday experiences. Students will be exposed to human psychology in other cultures, focusing particularly on Italy. They will challenge their own experiences and ideas on human psychology. Students will reflect on human universals as well as learn to appreciate cultural similarities and differences across cultures. Finally, during the course, the instructor will challenge stereotypes of Italy, and help students understand Italian ways of thinking, behaving, and acting.
The course will take the form of lectures on theoretical models, lectures on Italian habits, dynamic and interactive class discussions, individual and group activities, and site visits
Mandatory course reader including:
- Heine, S.J. (2008), Cultural Psychology . New York: W.W. Norton & Company
- De Vijver, F.J.R., Chasiotis, A. & Breugelmans, S.M. (2011). Fundamental questions of cross-cultural psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Rogoff, B. (2003). The cultural nature of human development. New York, US: Oxford University Press
- Matsumoto, D. & Juang, L. (2004). Culture and Psychology, 3rd Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning
- Gannon, M.J. & Pillai, R. (2012). Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 31 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity. Thousand Oaks, US: SAGE Publications, Inc.]