Cultural Psychology: Philosophical & theoretical foundations

This seminar, which I first taught with Edmund W. Gordon at Teachers College, Columbia University, closely examines the philosophical underpinnings of the sub discipline known as cultural psychology. Beginning by posing the question: What is cultural psychology? The course is designed to give students an opportunity to closely interact and examine what distinguishes Cultural Psychology from cross-cultural psychology, ethno-Psychology, even sociology and other areas that deal with similar topics in importantly different ways. The course is useful in that it uses this context to encourage students broader appreciation for the relationships between philosophy and science and for the importance of examining the assumptions implicit in any approach to scholarship. This is a graduate level course.