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Issues and Debates – Cross Cultural Psychological Research

 
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About the Course

This course, by Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya (University of Birmingham), explores cross cultural psychological research. In the first module, we think about how we understand culture in the context of psychological research. In the second module, we think about what differences exist between cultures which psychological researchers might study, and the traditional consideration of psychology as an emic science. In the third module, we think about some ways in which researchers have tried to include different cultures in their studies and the failures that this process has given rise to. Next, we think about the presence and consequences of cultural differences in developmental and clinical psychology. In the fifth module, we think about how culture can impact cognition, perception, and social psychology, with a specific focus on collectivist versus individualistic cultural viewpoints. In the sixth and final module, we think about debates which exist in the field of cross cultural psychology, and whether the subject can be considered racist, given its continued ignorance of non-western cultures.

About the Lecturer

Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. His research centres around social psychology and how knowledge from that field can be applied to others, particularly health. Dr Bouguettaya is interested in how we can apply social identity theory to societal problems, as well as investigating the different perspectives one might taken on those issues. His recent publications have spanned a breadth of topics including social identification, eating behaviours, conspiracy theories, and behavioural economics.

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