Migration goes hand in hand with change. Moving from one country to another requires the migrant to adapt to the new cultural context, as well as members of the mainstream society have to get used to newcomers. This course discusses the psychological changes migration can trigger at the individual, intragroup and intergroup level of analysis. At the end of the course, you will have in-depth knowledge of the benefits and challenges of intercultural contact and topics such as ethnic identity formation and negotiation, migration and health, intercultural competences, diversity and creativity and intergroup relations in culturally diverse societies. You will furthermore be able to evaluate acculturation research and design your own study. The course consists out of weekly lectures and tutorials in which we will analyze, evaluate and integrate empirical findings and apply them to current societal issues and ongoing debates. As part of the assessment you will interview a migrant on a freely chosen, theoretically grounded topic. The report of the interview as well as an essay exam form the assessment of the course.
Starting in January, the remainder of Semester 1 and the whole of Semester 2 are dedicated to the master thesis (18 ec) and internship (18 ec). Here, students demonstrate their ability to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills they acquired during the compulsory courses. The internship can be applied or research-oriented, and students may use the possibility to go abroad as long as their internship meets the internship requirements. For the master’s thesis, students conduct research and demonstrate their ability to conduct empirical, quantitive research in Cultural Psychology under supervision of one of the staff members.
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The goal of the internship is that students apply in the field knowledge and skills obtained during the Cultural Psychology Mastertrack. The requirements of an internship should be at an academic level and related to theoretical and/or methodological knowledge and skills obtained in the Cultural Psychology Mastertrack. After the internship students are required to conduct tasks related to the internship independently showing a sufficient level of independency.
The Cultural Psychology Master’s programme has a strong international orientation. Our staff members have an extensive international network and cooperate with researchers across the world. Students may make use of this network and follow a course or conduct research abroad (e.g., for their thesis or internship), for example at our partner university in Ghana.
In order to provide students with first-hand intercultural experiences, students have the opportunity to join the annual study trip organised by the student fraction and get to know a non-Western culture such as Ghana.