The course provides a thematic overview to three main areas of psychology: developmental psychology, personality social psychology. The course introduces theoretical and methodological issues associated with these areas and relation to particular social contexts. As part of the overall social psychological perspective, the course will explore social science perspectives where concepts such as ‘community’, ‘inclusion- exclusion’, ‘equality- equity’ frame understandings of ‘trust’, ‘universalism – relativism’, ‘similarities- differences’ and ‘social responsibility.’ This course also covers some of the cultural and psychological effects of globalisation within the framework of the three areas of psychology: social-, developmental -and personality. It takes a critical perspective on globalisation, seeing it in relation to neoliberal capitalism, a tendency towards cultural homogenisation, the imposition of dominant ‘global north’ ideas and the resultant growing inequalities in psychosocial dynamics in various contexts. However, the course further includes the increased interconnectedness created by globalisation, entailing greater acknowledgment of our common humanity and collective efforts to deal with increasingly global issues such as family life changes, migration, and workforce transformations, mental health issue. These issues form the four major themes of the course in the global context. Thematic overview of three main areas -developmental psychology, personality psychology and social psychology.
1. Person in global social contexts: Diverse psychological perspectives
2. Developmental psychological challenges and transformations: Family life beyond ethnocentric beliefs
3. Personality/identity understandings: Migration and transnationalism
4. Social psychological dynamics at workplace:
Diversity and inclusion challenges
5. Mental health and psychosocial intervention: Movement of knowledge across geographical boundaries
Duration: 35 days