CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY CASE STUDY [CPCS] PROJECT
PSYCOLOGY AND CULTURE
CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY CASE STUDY: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS [CPCS]
MAJOR REVISION –NO INTERVIEWING
The interview requirement for the project has been removed given the nation’s current ‘social distancing’ provisions in connection with the COVID-19 virus situation. This will eliminate students having to come into contact with individuals outside their [now] normal immediate contacts.
[See information below concerning the focus of the revised project guidelines.]
PROJECT APPROVAL – THERE IS NO LONGER A PROJECT APPROVAL DATE
Students have been provided with information on course project topics for several past semesters. This information would seem to be adequate in guiding students in the selection of an appropriate topic for their project topic. In addition, the textbook provides a wealth of topics and issues pertinent to the course focus on cross-cultural research findings on the influence of culture on human psychological functioning. As long as the student’s chosen topic is similar to issues enumerated in the above sources [e.g., textbook, previous student project reports], then no problems should arise.
HOWEVER, IF A STUDENT HAS DOUBTS ABOUT AN APPROPRIATE PROJECT TOPIC, THEN THAT STUDENT CAN STILL E-MAIL DR. ROBINSON FOR HIS FEEDBACK ABOUT THE MATTER.
This exercise is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to gain increased expertise and
knowledge about two different ethnic cultural groups, one of which has to be an international ethnic group [i.e., outside the U. S.] or one of the major U. S. non-Euro-American ethnic groups [i.e., Native American, African American, Latino American, or Asian American]. Thus, your two groups can include combinations of the aforementioned groups, or one of these groups contrasted with the Euro-American cultural group.
NOTE THAT NEITHER OF THESE GROUPS CAN BE THE STUDENT’S OWN ETHNIC GROUP!
NOTE ALSO THAT DESIGNATIONS LIKE – ASIAN, ASIAN AMERICAN, LATINO/HISPANIC, MIDDLE EASTERN OR CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM OR EUROPEAN AND THE LIKE ARE INAPPROPRIATE. INSTEAD, A SPECIFIC NATIONAL CULTURAL GROUP MUST BE SPECIFIED FOR THE COMPARISONS – E.G., KOREAN/KOREAN AMERICAN, OR MEXICAN/MEXICAN AMERICAN, OR GERMAN, OR FRENCH, ENGLISH/BRITISH, EGYPTIAN, NIGERIAN, ETHIOPIAN…AND THE LIKE.
This expertise will spotlight a particular psychological process or issue [see below]. Through background readings, the student is to provide an in-depth comparison of the two cultures in terms of the chosen psychological process or cultural practice based on published information that can be garnered from a wide range of available sources.
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE REPORT
Be certain to include a cover sheet for your report; the cover sheet should show a title [chosen
by the student] for the report, your name, the class, and the semester/date.
At a minimum, the report should be 5 pages in length [double-spaced; typewritten]; this does
not include cover page, reference pages, and pages associated with any appendices.
There should be citations/references; published material cited in the text of the report should
be accompanied by appropriate reference information at the end of the report, i.e., a reference page. Thus, reference information should be provided for cited material found in the text of the report that is taken from books, magazines, journals, DVD’s/films or the internet. When doing so, please provide author, title, date [year and volume#], publisher, and/or internet address [e.g., APA or some other style]. See below for examples of how to provide reference information on the reference page.
YOUR REPORT SHOULD INCLUDE AT LEAST 6 REFERENCES NOT INCLUDING REFERENC-
ING THE TEXTBOOK, AND AT LEAST HALF OF THESE REFERENCES SHOULD BE BOOKAND/OR RESEARCH JOURNAL REFERENCES!
1) Decide upon two important things at the outset: (a) the psychological process or issue [e.g.,
developmental—parental rearing practices; social psychological—cultural dating rituals or practices]; and (b) the particular ethnic groups to be studied in terms of the issue or process. A cursory examination of the syllabus and/or the textbook provides an overview of the possible range of acceptable psychological processes or issues that can be utilized for this assignment.
Here, ethnic group follows the definition provided by Matsumoto &Juang [Psychology & Culture, 2013, 5th ed. –Chp. 1, p. 18,] —“…people of a nation or tribe, and is usually used to denote one’s racial, national, or cultural origins…groups characterized by a common nationality, geographic origin, culture, or language.”
2) Get background information on your topic and the ethnic groups you will study. You can use a
wide variety of sources for these purposes—course materials [textbook information, Blackboard readings, and handouts] as well as other published material in books, journals, magazines, and the internet. The use of several quality references will aid greatly in this respect, and provide you with the background for developing your hypothesis for the study [item 3 below].
3) Develop an argument or point of view beforehand about what you might expect in terms of
major differences for the cultures in terms of the process or practice being studied.
4) Gather information about the issue/practice from published sources – i.e., provide a review/
discussion of each culture in light of the issue/practice.
5) Based on your preliminary literature searches and readings, create an outline for your written
6) Write the report. Be certain to provide an indication of the research question at the outset
[i.e., what the issue in question is, how/why you became interested in the issue,
the importance of the issue in terms of psychological or cultural functioning; your initial thoughts about possible differences between the cultural groups of interest in the report. In other words, give the purpose of the paper early on.
Then, evaluate/compare/critically analyze the evidence/information for each culture.
[For example, you might describe how the issue/practice operates in each of the
cultures. Then you might provide a comparison of differences based on this information. Finally, you would then assess whether or not the evidence comports with or is consistent with your initial argument or point of view. If not, then why not?… Then, give an indication of what conclusions can be drawn from the evidence uncovered in your discussion of the issue/practice as it relates to the two cultures.
Finally, provide some indication of whether or not there are limitations associated with published research and theory about the issue/practice and how this might affect any of your conclusions.
7) Provide a reference page showing reference information for the citations included in
your report. The APA reference style is preferred, though you are free to use another format [e.g., MLA, CMS, ACS, AMS, AMA, CBE, AIP] with which you may be more familiar.
If you are not familiar with any of the above styles, then make use of the following
examples for acknowledging your citations on your reference page:
Cohen, A. B. (2014). Culture reexamined: Broadening our understanding of social
and evolutionary influences. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological
Telzer, E. H., Flannery, J., Shapiro, M. et al. (2013). Early experience shapes
amygdala sensitivity to race: An international adoption design.
The Journal of Neuroscience,33(33), 13484-13488.
Coates, T. (2015, October).The Black family in the age of mass incarceration.
The Atlantic, 316, 60-80, 82-84.
Glueckauf, R. L. et al. (1998, July). Videocounseling for families of rural teens with
epilepsy—Project update. Telehealth News, 2(2). Retrieved June 5, 2000,
8) Important Points to Remember
restrictions outlined in the Technical Requirements section above;