Minor Cross-Cultural Psychology

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With increasing globalization, we more and more get in touch with different cultures. In a city such as Rotterdam, where people over a 100 countries live and work, knowledge and skills in cross-cultural contacts has become essential. This minor deals with various psychological themes from developmental and educational psychology, cognitive psychology, work and organizational psychology, and clinical psychology. Examples include: emotions and psychopathology in different cultures, cultural differences in education and in attachment, working in intercultural teams, well-being of expatriates and immigrants, and problems in conducting cross-cultural research and assessment.

This minor is intended for all students who are interested in intercultural issues and in psychology. The minor aims to increase students’ awareness of cultural differences and contributes to the development of a broader academic attitude.

Learning objectives

Concrete learning objectives:

  • Students gain insight into the following overarching themes: cross-cultural differences in development, nurturing, emotions, personality, intelligence, psychopathology and the meaning of working.
  • Students gain insight into methodological issues that play a role when conducting cross-cultural research.
  • Students gain insight into ethnic differences in (mental) health care, education and the labour market.
  • Students gain insight into the processes playing a role in stereotyping and discrimination.
  • Students gain insight into effective behaviour in intercultural situations.

Special aspects

The minor will be open for international students. For this reason, all the material and activities will be in English. The language used in all tutorial groups will in principle be English. It will be possible to answer open ended questions on the exam in Dutch, and the possibility of writing the essay in Dutch can be discussed with the tutor.

Students from all educational backgrounds are admissible for this minor. Students who do not have a background in psychology need to be aware they may need to put in extra effort in order to master the material and understand the underlying psychological principles. Students who do not have a background in problem-based learning (PBL) will need to be aware of the fact that the didactical model of PBL will be used in this course. Before the course, a short introduction will be provided in PBL for these students.

Overview minor modules

Module 1: Fundamentals in Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Code: FSWP-MINOR-6A
  • ECTS: 7.5
  • Content: In this module we will study the main themes within cross-cultural psychology. Classic concepts in this domain will be discussed, as well as the factors that need to be considered when performing and interpreting cross-cultural research. Themes that are subsequently treated are: cultural differences and similarities in cognitions, emotions and autobiographical memory, how normal and abnormal behavior is perceived in different cultures, and cross-cultural issues related to society and work. Examples belonging to this last theme are experiences of expatriates, and preferred leadership styles across cultures.
  • Teaching method: Problem Based learning: Tutorial groups and lectures.
  • Teaching materials: Recent journal articles and book chapters, provided on the internet.
  • Contact hours: 8 contact hours per week.
  • Self study: 32 hours per week.

Module 2: Ethnic Differences

  • Code: FSWP-MINOR-6A
  • ECTS: 7.5
  • Content: In Module 2, students learn about issues related to ethnic differences professionals may encounter when dealing with people from different cultural backgrounds in practice. Here you can think of topics such as: the role of ethnicity in diagnostics and treatment of psychopathology, differences in attachment and parenting styles, the influence of migration on mental health, discrimination at work, and the position of immigrants on the labour market.
  • Teaching method: Problem Based learning: Tutorial groups and lectures
  • Teaching materials: Recent journal articles and book chapters, provided on the internet.
  • Contact hours: 8 hours per week.
  • Self study: 32 hours per week


Method of examination
Modules 1 and 2 will be closed with a separate exam each. The exam consists of 50 statements (true/false) and 16 short-answer open-end questions. In addition, during Modules 1 and 2 you will work in couples to prepare a presentation. During the last tutorial meeting of module 2, you will present to the students in your tutorial group.

Composition final grade
The final grade will be a weighted average of both Exam part 1 and Exam part 2, plus the grade for the presentation (weights 2 + 2 + 1).

In order to pass the course, the minimum weighted average of both Exam Part 1, Exam Part 2 must be a 5.5. Each exam separately (Part 1 and Part 2), need to be graded with a 5.0 at minimum. This means that the grades on the two exam parts can to some extent compensate each other. In addition, the assessment of the final presentation needs to be a 5.5.

Students will be offered the possibility to review their answers for each part of the exam shortly after the grades have been announced.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Contact information

Prof. Dr. Marise Born
 + 31.10.408779
room: T13-28 (Mandeville)

Dr. Marjan Gorgievski
room: T13-36 (Mandeville)

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Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam


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