Transcultural psychology (2013/2014)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Federica De Cordova
Federica De Cordova
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem IB dal Nov 18, 2013 al Jan 19, 2014.

Lesson timetable

Sem IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Friday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  

Learning outcomes

• Giving basic conceptual tools in order to frame individual behaviour within cultural dynamics.
• To go in depth with psychological theories dealing with the relationship between culture, self and social processes, from a non-reductionist point of view.
• Analysing culture, psychological processes and social dynamic in the context of educational professional environment.


The main theoretical perspectives in the field of culture and psychology will be presented: cross-cultural, cultural psychology, ethnopsychiatry. Specific contents will be self/other definition, affiliation needs and self-determination, communication processes in multicultural contexts.
Special attention will be given to concepts such as health, illness, well-being, care, from a cultural perspective.
Finally, some concepts will be applied to specific themes carachterising contemporary society including migration, globalization, multiculturalism.

Inghilleri P. (a cura di)(2009) "Psicologia culturale", Raffaello Cortina, Milano. Chapters 1,2,3,4,7.
Castiglioni M. (a cura di)(2011) "Identità e corpo migrante. Marchi sessuali femminili." Guerini. Milano. Part one and two.
Benhabib S. (2005) "La rivendicazione dell'identità culturale", Il Mulino, Bologna. Introduzione + chapters 1,3.

Specific texts can be suggested to erasmus students.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final oral test.