Summer 2021 - PSYC 391 D100

Selected Topics in Psychology (3)

Cultural Psychology

Class Number: 3843

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 16, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  • Instructor:

    Gulnaz Anjum
  • Instructor:

    Gulnaz Anjum
  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.



Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description.


This course will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous.

This course will provide students a basic understanding of cultural psychology - a review of concepts, research and theory that is more inclusive and critical of the limitations associated with cultural, social, and racial homogeneity. This course will provide in-depth analysis of how psychological processes support the acquisition, and development of cultural knowledge and practices, and how culture, in turn, influences our thought processes and behavior. Students will be engaged with thinking about and building an understanding of what is universal and what is variable across cultures, how to reflect beyond our own cultural lenses and social realities, and what role evolution and the environment play in psychological universality and diversity.


Topics will include the psychological foundations of culture, the psychological bases of enculturation, the cultural limits of psychological knowledge, cross-culturally divergent ways of thinking, feeling, and acting, psychological acculturation, and the relations between psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other social sciences.


  • Mid-Term Exam: 25%
  • Papers & Assignments: 20%
  • Participation & Engagement: 10%
  • Group Project: 20%
  • Final Exam: 25%


This course will be taught remotely with the majority of the work being a combination of synchronous and asynchronous. For instance, there will be several required elements of the course that will be synchronous and will occur during the regular class period. All lectures will be recorded in order to have recorded lectures available on Canvas to be viewed asynchronously. However, each student must attend four lecture/ discussion sessions during the semester, and these will be offered during the scheduled class time. Moreover, the midterm will be held during scheduled class time. There will be a group project and groups will be encouraged to use the scheduled class time as a possible meeting time. Therefore, students will need to be available for some of the scheduled class time on some weeks.



Eric B. Shiraev., David A. Levy (2020). Cross-Cultural Psychology: Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications, 7th edition. New York, NY: Routledge.

A number of additional readings (6-8) will be assigned throughout the course, available through links on the Canvas course page.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).