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Cross Culture Psychology: Course Outline(APSY-2203)

Cross-cultural psychology is a branch of psychology that looks at how cultural factors influence human behavior. While many aspects of human thought and behavior are universal, cultural differences can lead to often surprising differences in how people th

Course Objective

The course will cover social and cultural and Islamic aspects of human
behavior; differentiation between area studies, cross-cultural studies, and
intercultural studies and aims to familiarize students with cross-cultural

Course Content

Human Development and Socialization:
a. Culture and developmental processes
b. Culture and social behaviors
c. Parenting practices across cultures
d. Social perception and social cognition
e. Social interaction: Conformity, social influence, social loafing
f. Intergroup and intergenerational relations across cultures
g. Emotional development and regulation processes across cultures
h. Ethnocentrism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination
i. Gender and sex trait stereotypes
j. Culture and identity
k. Culture, language, and communication
l. Adab and Cultural Psychology of Islam
m. Religiosity and Cultural Values
n. Faith and Cross-cultural Conflict Resolution
o. Cross cultural communication and Islamic Perspective
p. Difference between Islamic culture and Muslim culture

Course Contents

Understanding Cross Cultural psychology
a. Defining and understanding culture
b. Historical and theoretical foundations
c. Nature and scope of cross-cultural psychology
d. Acculturation and multiculturalism
e. Religious Acculturation Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Cross-Cultural Research
a. Methodological issues in cross cultural research
b. Considerations for conducting cross cultural research
c. Translation, adaptation and application of psychological tests across cultures
d. Indigenous research and current issues across cultures

Application of Cross-Cultural Psychology
a. Mental health, Intelligence
b. Individual and Community
c. Happiness, success and well being
d. Spirituality and religion
e. Human rights and law
f. Global Community
g. Immigration



Cross-cultural psychology focuses on studying human behavior in a way that takes the effects of culture into account.


Recommended books

Berry, J. W., Poortinga, Y. H., &Pandeyn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Handbook of cross-
cultural Psychology. (Vol. I). Boston: Alyn& Bacon. (latest addition – if

Chen, Y. L., Liu, M. C., Tsai, T. W., & Chen, Y. H. (2015). Religious practices in
cross-cultural contexts: Indonesian male science students’ adjustment in
Taiwan. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62(3), 464.
Khalil, A. I. A. E. F. (2016). The Islamic perspective of interpersonal
communication. Journal of Islamic Studies, 4(2), 22-37.
Keith K. D. (2019). Cross-cultural psychology. (2nd ed.).

Course Outcome

At the completion of the course the student will be able to:
a. Have complete awareness about cultural diversity engage with people from
different cultures and understand and analyze cultural practices and customs.
b. It will also enable students conduct cross cultural research

Cross Culture Psychology

Cross-cultural psychology seeks to understand how culture influences many different aspects of human thought and behavior. Cross-cultural psychologists often study development, personality, and social relationships.