The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Our mission is one shared by many in international education: 'to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.' To fulfill that mission, CIEE provides both outbound international education experiences for university students, faculty, and administrators, and study, work, and internship opportunities for people coming into the U.S.
CIEE has had a presence in the Netherlands since 1993 with a Social Sciences program in cooperation with the College of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and since 2012 in Business and Culture with the Faculty Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. Apart from these semester programs CIEE offers January term, summer and customized programs.
Cross-cultural psychology examines the ways in which an individual’s perception of themselves, others, and their environment is shaped by culturally specific factors, including both the individual’s own culture, as well as other cultures to which they are exposed. This course will begin with a review of the principal theories of and approaches to cross-cultural psychology (including emic versus etic approaches, individualism versus collectivism and indigenous perspectives of cross-cultural psychology). This will be followed by readings from key psychologists such as Bronfenbrenner and Bandura who contributed to our understanding of the way psychology and the social context interact. Students will use this foundational knowledge to interrogate how processes of socialization and enculturation impact discrete topics in psychology, such as identity, gender, social behavior, cognition, personality, intelligence, development and emotions. In other words, this course will investigate how culture affects human psychology, and how specific norms and behaviors can be understood both on a universal and a culturally-specific level.
By completing this course, students will:
Identify and engage with various approaches to cross cultural psychology and apply this knowledge to practical case studies.
Critically engage with the ways that culture informs aspects of our psychological experiences and, in turn, appreciate that psychological issues in development, intelligence, psychological disorders and identity vary across sociohistorical contexts.
Examine and evaluate ways of conducting ethically sensitive cross-cultural research in psychology.
Apply psychological theories regarding human identity, development, emotion, cognition and social behavior across multicultural contexts such that this application is culturally sensitive and critically aware of some of the theoretical limitations inherent in Eurocentric and Americanized psychological models.
Critique issues and manifestations of power, oppression, privilege, class, race, ethnicity and gender across cultural domains.
This is a CIEE administered class.
Teach the Cross-Cultural Psychology class (i.e. design and deliver two-hour classes, for a total of 45 contact hours, across 16 weeks of teaching).
Update the existing Cross-Cultural Psychology syllabus, while maintaining alignment with the course description and learning goals/outcomes for this class (as listed above).
Arrange for guest lecturers and site visits that extend student learning beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Conduct student meetings and hold office hours if necessary.
Grade student assignments and provide timely feedback in accordance with CIEE’s academic guidelines (as laid out in the CIEE Academic Manual).
Keep meticulous student records and report problematic student behavior to the CIEE Center Director.
Use Canvas (CIEE’s Learning Management System) as directed by the CIEE Center Director and outlined in CIEE’s Academic Manual.
Master’s degree (preferably in Psychology) and subject area expertise.
Full professional/academic fluency in English (both written and verbal).
Experience with teaching students at the university/wo level.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to speak in front of groups.
Cultural interest in the Netherlands and the U.S.
Enthusiastic, shows a lot of initiative, is not afraid to challenge students and create an open classroom environment.
Must be available to accompany students on class-related site visits.
Must be able to teach the class at the teaching times listed in the header.
Teaching location: Amsterdam
Start date: Week of 7 February 2022
End date: Week of 23 May 2022
Hours: 90 contact hours (plus preparation time)
Teaching times: Monday and Wedsnesay from 13:00-15:00 and 17:00-19:00
Compensation: €6,750 net (VAT included) for the complete assignment
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to:
Albertine Wiersma, CIEE Amsterdam’s Center Interim Director - via email only
Kindly do not use the ‘Apply now’ button and this will result in a delay in us receiving your application.
Please put ‘Lecturer Cross-Cultural Psychology’ in the subject line of your email. The deadline for receiving applications is 31 January 2022.
For more information about CIEE Amsterdam’s semester study abroad programs, please visit the CIEE website.