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Important Note: This course is cross-listed with EDUC 430 and PSYC 430. This course was formerly PYHD 430.
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). They will apply this reflective process to their own cultural experiences and personal development while in Italy.
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 learn about 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.
In this course, you will:
- Relate theoretical models to real life-examples
- Develop Critical Thinking Skills
- Measure differences in Culture
- Learn ways to integrate different cultures
- Gain a deeper knowledge of the Italian Culture
- Understand the implication of living in a multicultural society
Service Learning Project
You will investigate the principles and psychological outcomes of the Italian, Montessori, and American education systems through theoretical and direct experience in the Italian classroom setting. The class will first visit a Montessori elementary school in Perugia to observe classroom organization, style, and activities as well as interactions among students and teachers, which will be used as a mode of gathering data for an ethnographic research project on the implicit school curriculum. For the second visit, you will prepare and lead English language activities in the classroom collecting information on students’ responses and interactions while teaching the language.
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.]