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Introductory Course in Cultural Psychology

Introduction to Cultural Psychology offered by the University of Amsterdam

Course Description

The University of Amsterdam offers twice annually the course Introduction to Cultural Psychology. This course of 6 ECs consists of six lectures and an exam which are spread over a period of 8 weeks (Semester 1: November-December/ Semester 2: February-March). Information about the learning objectives, the content of the course, the study book, and the exam form may be found in the study guide. The Introduction to Cultural Psychology courses are scheduled as following:

  • Semester 1: lectures from 29-10-2018 until 10-12-2018 (on Mondays, from 9:00-11:00); examination on 17-12-2018 from 9:00-11:00.
  • Semester 2: lectures from 6-02-2019 until 20-03-2019 (on Wednesdays, from 13:00-15:00); examination on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 13:00 - 15:00 (Central European Time, CET).

If you are planning to apply for the master’s programme in 2019/2020, we suggest that you follow the course in Semester 1 so that you know whether you passed the course before the application deadline. If you follow the course in Semester 2, you can still apply for the master’s programme and, if you meet all other requirements, you will be accepted on the condition that you will pass the course. Detailed information about the two enrollment options are given in the next section.


Prospective applicants who wish to follow this course may choose one of the following options, depending on their situation:

  • Option 1: Students currently enrolled at the University of Amsterdam or other Dutch universities

You can follow the course as a supplementary course (keuzevak or bijvak) free of charge. If you cannot physically attend the lectures, you have access to the videotaped lectures. 

More information about this option.

To follow this course as a supplement to your ongoing studies, you may register for the course in Semester 1 before 15 October 2018 or you may register for the course in Semester 2 before 15 January 2019.

  • Option 2: Candidates currently not enrolled at a Dutch university (e.g., you already completed your studies or you study at a non-Dutch university)

You can follow the course as a temporary university student (contractonderwijs) at the University of Amsterdam. As a temporary university student, you will receive a student identification code (student ID), which will give you access to the course website (https://blackboard.uva.nl) and other university facilities, such as the online library of the University of Amsterdam (http://uba.uva.nl/home). You will also be able to physically attend the lectures. If you cannot be physically present at the lectures, you can follow the lectures online through the videotaped lectures. The videotaped lectures will be uploaded on the course website immediately after each lecture. If you successfully pass the exam, you will receive a certificate that specifies the content of the course  and will award you 6 education credits (EC). To take the exam, you will have to be physically present at the exam. This means that if you are abroad you have to plan a trip to Amsterdam to attend the exam. The cost for following the bachelor’s course Introduction to Cultural Psychology as a temporary university student amounts to €450.

More detailed information about the status and possibilities of temporary university students

To sign up as temporary university student, you may fill out the following form by 15 October 2018 (for the course in Semester 1) or 15 January 2019 (for the course in Semester 2). 

Form temporary university student

Guidance to fill out the form as temporary student

Follow a course at your local university

If none of the abovementioned options are suitable for you (e.g., because you cannot physically attend the exam), you can follow a course at your local university. The course should be equivalent to the course we offer at the University of Amsterdam (i.e., similar learning objectives). We already provide a list of equivalent courses, yet this list is not exhaustive. If the course you aim to follow is not included in the list, please email the track coordinator including the syllabus of the course you aim to follow, so the coordinator can inform you in advance whether the course will be considered equivalent.