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Understanding cross-cultural differences and inter-group relationships in the process of immigration

Global Immigration Processes and Their Impact on Immigrants and Host Societies

Dates:9-13 September 2013

Instructor: Eugene Tartakovsky, Ph.D.

E-mail:etartakov@hotmail.com

Course overview and objectives:

This course discusses the psychosocial processes of immigration. The main themes of the course are motivation for immigration, attitude of the host society towards immigrants, immigration policy, and the social, cultural, and psychological adjustment of immigrants. Students will learn about the basic psychosocial processes related to immigration and methods of working with immigrants at the individual, family, and community levels. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge and practical tools that will permit them to understand the immigration experience and to help immigrants better adjust to the host country.

Learning methods:

Class lectures and discussions, watching and discussing movies and documentary films, independent reading.

Course requirements:

Attendance and participation:Attendance is mandatory.Active involvement in class discussions is encouraged.

Grading:Test of the final paper 100%.

Basic textbooks:

Ward, C., Bochner, S., Furnham, A. (2001). The psychology of culture shock. Second edition. Routledge.

http://books.google.com/books?id=uEF0AePrN1wC&pg=PR2&hl=ru&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

Course topics and timetable:

1. Motivation for immigration: the receiving society and the immigrants 4 hours

2. Understanding cross-cultural differences and inter-group relationships in the process of immigration 4 hours

3. Acculturation and social adjustment of immigrants 4 hours

4. Psychological adjustment and mental health of immigrants 4 hours

5. Family processes during immigration: children, adolescents, and adults 4 hours

Course content and reading assignments:

1. Motivation for immigration: the receiving society and the immigrants

The phenomenon of immigration in the world. Motivations of the receiving countries: domestic concerns, foreign policy, humanitarian concerns. Immigrant laws: the examples of the USA, Canada, Israel, and Germany. Push-pull theory of emigration. Neoclassical economic theory of motivation for emigration (Malmberg). Multifactor theory of motivation for emigration: socio-demographic and personality factors. Categories of immigrants.

 

Reading:

Chirkov, V., Vansteenkiste, M., Tao, R., & Lynch, M. (2007).The role of self-determined motivation and goals for study abroad in the adaptation of international students. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 31, 199222.

Frieze, I. H., & Li, Man Yu (2010). Mobility and personality, (Ch. 5, pp. 87-103), In S. C. Carr (Ed.). The psychology of global mobility. Springer.

Tartakovsky, E., & Schwartz, S. H. (2001). Motivation for emigration, value priorities, psychological well-being, and cultural identifications among young Russian Jews. International Journal of Psychology, 36(2), 88-99.



 

Understanding cross-cultural differences and inter-group relationships in the process of immigration

Collectivism-individualism and power distance (Hofstede). Communication styles: verbal and nonverbal components of communication (Hall). Theories of intergroup relations (Social identity and Self-categorization theories of Tajfel and Turner). Main dimensions of group stereotypes. Anxiety and fears in inter-group contacts. Integrated threat theory of prejudice (Stephan & Stephan). Contact hypothesis. Theories explaining discrimination. How to fight discrimination.

 

Reading:

Geert Hofstede. Dimensionalizing cultures: the Hofstede model in context. http://orpc.iaccp.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53%3Ageert-hofstede&catid=3%3Achapter&Itemid=4


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