FULL (accepting wait list)
Faculty: Dr. Christena Cleveland and Prof. Sam Ogdie
January 1 – January 23
Traditional psychology often seeks (or even assumes) universals of human nature, but the emerging field of cultural psychology challenges us to consider how much of human thought and behavior is truly universal, and how much is constrained by our cultural contexts. Culture can be a nearly invisible force in our daily lives, if we live in a homogenous society, yet we also run the risk of overemphasizing it if we study others from a distance (too easy to assume “they” must be completely foreign and exotic). This course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a new, balanced perspective through direct immersion in another culture. As you will discover, Brazil is a nation with both striking similarities and differences to the US. You will read about its culture and history, hear from local experts, and personally experience Brazilian daily life in several cities as well as the countryside. You will also read psychological research on observed differences, and then collect and analyze your own data. Throughout your brief experience as a “foreigner,” we will emphasize learning how to understand and interact successfully with people from other cultures.