Spring 2022 - PSYC 352 OL01

Culture and Cognition (3)

Class Number: 1645

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and PSYC 250.



Major theories, perspectives, research developments, and methods in cross-cultural developmental psychology. Topics include perception, attachment, social relationships, prosocial development, motor development, theory of mind, teaching and learning, language and communication, and play. Students with credit for PSYC 391, Selected Topics in Psychology: Culture and Cognition, may not take PSYC 352 for further credit.


The course will be taught remotely and asynchronous (with the exception of synchronous office hours). The course will provide you with a general introduction to major theories, perspectives, research developments and methods in the relatively young sub-field of cross-cultural developmental psychology. Specifically we will approach this topic from a social‐cognitive perspective, examining the impact of differences in parenting and the early social ecology of infants worldwide on development. Much of the research we will draw upon will be with infants, toddlers and preschoolers (0-5yrs) allowing us to examine the origins and implications of these early differences. We will cover topics such as emotion, perception, attachment and social relationships, prosocial development, motor development, theory of mind, teaching and learning, language and communication, and play. Within each of these topics, we will discuss the implications of these differences in experience on early social cognition–how we process and make sense of the world. Emphasis will be placed on fostering critical analysis of current theories and methodology, as well as discussing underlying assumptions in the developmental psychological literature. Students should leave the course with new questions regarding assumptions of child development as well as possess knowledge of the empirical details in support of both sides of these debates. These Q&A sessions will be short. Students will read one research article by the author prior to class. In class students will be assigned to teams to devise questions for the presenter.


1) think critically about theories, methods, and research in developmental psychology,
2) outline the theoretical perspectives and guiding themes in the subfield of cross-cultural developmental psychology,
3) identify key points in an empirical research article and summarize them concisely, and
4) evaluate evidence and situate it within a broad framework.


  • Weekly Quizzes: 50%
  • Review Paper: 30%
  • Cumulative Test: 20%



Culture and child development; Early experience and social-cognitive development; Parenting; Socialization; Social learning.



There is no textbook for this course.

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