Culture and Psychology

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
05 June 2020


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Module description

This is an advanced module on culture and psychology. For a long time, psychologists assumed that empirical findings were describing, and psychological theory was based on universal processes. However, repeated failure to replicate Western psychology laboratory findings in non-Western settings has since put this universality into question. Today, psychologists have recognized the need to incorporate culture into the study of human behaviour. This module will examine how culture shapes cognition, perception, motivation, and emotion. It will also look at cross-cultural differences in conceptions of the self, personality, interpersonal behaviour and group processes. Further, the module will look at culture and health. Finally, the module will discuss how intercultural contact and/or acculturation impacts on the individual, but also on interpersonal and intergroup processes.

Module aims

To highlight the pervasiveness of culture in all aspects of psychology, through an examination of major theories in cross-cultural psychology and their supporting empirical research.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the need for culture in psychological theory and research.
2. Describe appropriate methods for conducting cross-cultural research.
3. Describe and evaluate theories on cultural dimensions and values.
4. Explain how culture impacts on child development.
5. Explain and demonstrate the theory of self-construal.
6. Explain and demonstrate differences in thinking styles.
7. Describe and compare cultural theories on human motivation
8. Identify cultural differences in perception of beauty and in close relationships
9. Identify what aspects of physical and mental health are / are not culturally variant
10. Explain key theories from the field of cultural learning and acculturation

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module consists of 10 lectures.



Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nicolas Geeraert, email:
Dr Nicolas Geeraert



External examiner

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