Psychology 3350: Cultural Psychology

2018 - 2019, Fall term

General Description

Psychology 3350 addresses theoretical and applied aspects of the relationship between culture and psychology. The course offers a variety of perspectives on Psychology's relation to culture and on the methodological problems that psychologists face when studying this relationship. Emphasis is placed on the idea of culture as a shared set of beliefs, practices, and meanings. Cultural aspects of basic psychological processes (cognition, learning, emotion, perception) are considered. The mechanisms by which psychology and culture develop and intertwine, particularly language, are considered. Topics given special attention include multiculturalism, globalization, indigenous psychologies, and the culture of formal education.


Ron Sheese, Course Director

Raha Sheivari, Teaching Assistant


Tony Miller, Teaching Assistant



Students are expected to participate in small-group discussions and write responses weekly to the discussion questions. Students conduct library research to explore a topic, issue, or question relevant to cultural psychology, and they prepare an annotated bibliography on their work. The bibliography focus might be on a cultural aspect of a psychological phenomenon or on a psychological aspect of a cultural phenomenon. Students also write two examinations.

  • Class participation (10%), weekly

  • Online participation (10%), weekly

  • Midterm exam (20%), October 22

  • Bibliography project (25%), due December 10

  • Final exam (35%), December 19, 2:00 - 5:00, Aviva Tennis Centre

There is no textbook for the course, rather I assign several articles and book chapters dealing with various topics in cultural psychology. The reading assignments for each class are posted at least one week in advance. Students are expected to complete the reading before coming to the class for which it is assigned.