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PSY 219 : Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 Credits


This course aims to explore the relationship between cultural variables and human behavior. We will look at the development of Cross-Cultural Psychology (CCP) as a distinctive area of psychology and the recent attempts by psychologists to devise theories that reflect the cultural, social and developmental perspectives on behavior.

Cultural diversity is one of the most important topics in the US today. Diversity exists not only across cultures but also within cultures. Ethnic and cultural diversity provides a basis for societal enrichment, cohesiveness, and even survival. The field of psychology has an obligation to train students to be sensitive to the ways in which cultural norms and values shape our understanding of ourselves, and the world around us.

Traditional theories of psychology have often failed to adequately consider the importance of race, culture and ethnicity in the developmental process. In contemporary society, especially since 9/11 (September 11, 2001), it has become critical to understand the ways in which history, life experiences, life styles, religion and worldviews vary for people of different cultural backgrounds.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply key theories, approaches and research methods of cross-cultural psychology
  • Apply critical thinking tools with which to examine, analyze and evaluate the field of cross-cultural psychology.
  • Compare cross-cultural asects of sensation, perception, states of consciousness, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, and socialization.
  • Describe the diagnosis, treatment, and explanation of psychological disorders from cross-cultural perspectives.




Your course grade will be determined according to the following points:

Introductory Letter
3 Discussion Forums @ 50 points each
3 Written Assignments @ 100 points each
3 Exam @ 200 points

Grading Scale



There are 3 exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

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ELI Policies and Procedures

  This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.