Psychological Anthropology

Psychological Anthropology
Culture/mind relationship. Cross-cultural variation in concepts of person, emotions, and treatment modalities by society. Psychological implications of cultural differences in childrearing.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining ANTHR 439
Course Outcomes

Theoretical Understanding

1. Through this course students will develop a critique of both the overemphasis on macro-level 'structure' and 'culture' in mainstream anthropology, as well as the overly individualistic emphasis in psychology on micro-processes and the 'psyches' of individuals. Students will gain an appreciation for the extent to which 'mind' and 'culture' co-constitute one another in various dimensions of human experience.

Critical Reasoning

2. Students will learn to critique the philosophical and theoretical assumptions inherent in various approaches to understanding human experience and intersubjectivity.

Psychocultural Analysis

3. Students will learn to analyze cultural and psychological data from a person-centered ethnographic standpoint by engaging with readings and conducting a course project analyzing some psychocultural phenomenon and writing up the results.