Program Details

This course will review highlights of cross-cultural research and consider how culture influences the way people view themselves, others, and the world around them.
Location:
Rome, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

This course will review highlights of cross-cultural research and consider how culture influences the way people view themselves, others, and the world around them. The course will focus on the installation of cultural values, with an emphasis on how stigma and stereotypes disrupt/reinforce health and well-being. Cultural similarities and differences between the United States and Italy will be used as a case study to illustrate social relativism and the need for multicultural competencies across disciplines. Students will gain a better understanding of interconnectedness, differences, and diversity in a global society. Integration of classroom and experiential learning will facilitate communication around the issues of multiculturalism, encourage students to critically analyze cultural values and biases, and foster reflection about how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors reciprocally interact with influences from local, nationals, and international communities. Special psychology based topics will include, but are not limited to, child and adolescent development, clinical, therapy, and psychopathology.

Program Details

Credits Offered:

Undergraduate:

  • Psychology (PSYC) 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (satisfies the Mason Core requirement for Global Understanding)
  • Psychology (PSYC) 461: Special Topics
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. 
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Housing

Double or triple occupancy in hotels.

Cost:
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4327 Included: Tuition (3 credits) Guided tours and excursions Some meals (breakfast daily and 4 group dinners) Accommodations in double and triple occupancy hotels In-country travel Pre-Departure Orientation International Emergency Insurance Not Included: Round-trip airfare Most meals/snacks Personal spending

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes

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