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Culture, Health and Wellbeing: Exploring the Differences and Similarities Across Indian and Western Cultures

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Kod przedmiotu: 2500-EN-F-249 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.4 / (0313) Psychologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Culture, Health and Wellbeing: Exploring the Differences and Similarities Across Indian and Western Cultures
Jednostka: Wydział Psychologii
Grupy: Academic basket
Clinical Psychology basket
Elective courses
electives for 4 and 5 year
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
zobacz reguły punktacji
Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The course will focus on understanding the relationship between mind,

body and consciousness by comparing the constructs, theories and

practice of Indian Psychology with those of the West/Integrating the

Traditional Indian thought with contemporary Western Thought .The aim

will be to understand how culture influences the perception, meaning and

interventions of health and wellbeing. The differences and similarities

across Indian and Western cultures on health and wellbeing will be

explored. Indian techniques of Yoga and Meditation will be discussed in

contrast to the Western CBT and psychoanalytic approaches. Indian and

Western \approaches towards abnormality ,understanding mental illness

in view of the Karma theory, psychotherapy, healing and health

promoting behaviours; emphasis on Indian texts as Vedas, Upanishads

and Bhagvad Gita (difference b/w abnormality and pathological).

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The course is designed to introduce the students to the concepts of

culture and health and how culture influences health and wellbeing. The

students will understand importance of developing cultural sensitivity and

relativity in perceiving health and wellbeing. The various indicators of

health as life expectancy, infant mortality will be explained. The aim is to

focus on the cultural construction of health by comparing the current

issues and new directions in health and wellbeing across cultures. The

Indian model of health which is holistic in its approach will be compared

with the Western bio-medical models of health. The students will also

learn about the Indian model of Ayurveda and how culture plays a role in

the restoration, maintenance and promotion of health. There are

contextual differences in the conceptualization of stress. Cultural

differences exist in the incidence, causes, consequences of stress and the

ways to cope with stress. A comparative perspective of the Indian

techniques as yoga and meditation will be done with the Western

approach as cognitive restricting and expressive art therapy in coping with

stress. This course will enable the students to reflect upon the

perceptions of abnormality, mental illness and health across cultures.

During the course experiential exercises will help the students to learn

about the theory of Karma Yoga and its use in therapy along with

transcendental meditation. The influence of socio-cultural environment in

health outcomes will be discussed along with the challenges in health

research and promotion across cultures. Western systems focus on

psychopathology and early development while Indian viewpoints focus

upon the psycho-social development in life that influences health. The

course will aims to share the need to integrate the two mind sets to gain a

full understanding of the causal factors or predictors of health across

cultures as well as its maintenance and promotion. Empirical evidence will

be shared for as many topics as possible, and also the limitations of the

topics/ practices/ approaches and evidence will be discussed in the


About three hours will be devoted on each of the topics. This will give

enough time to cover each topic in detail, elaborate using comparative

case studies using power-point presentations, have active discussions and

also organize reflective activity or experiential exercises on each topic.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

List of Topics:

Topic 1. Conceptualization of Culture and Health

- Matsumoto, D., & Juang, L. (2013). Introduction to Culture and

Psychology, pp1-33; chapter 7.Culture and health, pp180-204.In

Culture and psychology,5th edition, Wadsworth Cengage learning.

- Misra, G., & Gergen, K.J.(1993). On the place of Culture in

Psychological Science. International Journal of Psychology, 28(2): 225-


Topic 2. Cultural construction of Health:

- Dalal, A.K., & Misra, G. (2011). Advances in the psychology of health

and wellbeing. In G. Misra(Ed.),Oxford handbook of psychology in

India, pp.273-285.Oxford

- Rudell, K., & Diffenbach, M.A. (2008). Current issues and new

directions in psychology and health: Culture and health psychology.

Why health psychologists should care about culture. Psychology and

Health, 23(4): 387-390.

Topic 3. Models of Health based in Western Culture

- Dimatteo, M.R., & Martin, L.R. (2018).Health Psychology. Chapter 1,

pp1-44., Chapter 6,pp.217-243. Pearson.

Topic 4. Indian model of health and well-being

- Dalal,A.K., & Misra, G. (2011) Psychology of Health and Wellbeing:

Emergence and Development. In K. Dalal and G. Misra (Eds.), New

Directions in Health Psychology,pp.1-42. Sage publications.

Topic 5.Culture, stress and Health

- Dimatteo, M.R., & Martin, L.R.(2018). Health Psychology. Chapter 9,

pp.333-367, chapter 10, pp368-404. Pearson.

Topic 6. Culture, Stress and Coping

- Palsane, M.N., & Lam, D.J. (2011). Stress and Coping from Traditional

Indian and Chinese perspective. In A. Dalal and G .Misra (Eds.),New

Directions in Health Psychology, pp. 77-94.Sage Publication.

- Seaward, B.K.( 2018).Managing Stress:Principles and Strategies for

Health and Well-being. 9th edition, pp.209-228,pp255-267, pp.370-

390.Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Topic 7. Perceptions of Abnormality and health across cultures

- Sundarajan, L., Misra, G., & Marsella, A.J. ( 2013). Indigenous Approaches to Assessment,

Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mental Disorders. In: Freddy A. Paniagua and Ann-Marie

Yamada(Eds.), Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health. pp. 69-88.Oxford: Academic Press,. ISBN:


- Mehta,M., & Gupta, D.(2011). Therapeutic practices in mental health:

Changing perspectives. In G. Misra (Ed.), Oxford handbook of

Psychology in India, pp.254-272.Oxford.

Topic 8: Psychotherapy in Indian thought

- Hussain, D., & Bhushan, B. (2010). Psychology of Meditation and

Health: Present Status and Future Directions. International Journal of

Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 10(3):439-451.

- Pandey, A. (2011). Psychotherapy and Indian thought. In A. Dalal and

G .Misra (Eds.), New Directions in Health Psychology, pp.259-


- Salagame, K.K.K. (2011): Psychology of Yoga and Yoga Psychology. In

P. Nikic (Ed.), Proceedings “Yoga – the Light of Microuniverse” of the

International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference “Yoga in Science –

Future and Perspectives”, pp.41-55.

Topic 9. Culture and Challenges in Health psychology

- Cooper, C.R., & Denner, J. (1998). Theories Linking Culture and

Psychology: Universal and Community-Specific Processes. Annual

Review of Psychology, 49 :559-584.

- Rao,K.R. (2011 ). Applied Yoga Psychology. Studies of

Neurophysiology of Meditation. Journal of Consciousness studies,


- Singer, M.K., Dressler, W., George, S., The NIH Expert Panel.(2016).

Culture: The missing link in health research. Social Science and

Medicine, 170:237-246.

Topic 10. Status of Health Research and Promotion

- Dalal, A.K., & Misra, G. (2011). Advances in the psychology of health

and wellbeing. In G. Misra(Ed.),Oxford handbook of psychology in

India, pp.273-285.Oxford.

- Rao,K.R. (2011 ). Applied Yoga Psychology. Studies of

Neurophysiology of Meditation. Journal of Consciousness studies,


- Keng,S.L., Smoski,M.J., & Robins, C.J. (2011). Effects of Mindfulness

on Psychological Health: A Review of Empirical Studies. Clinical

Psychology Review, 31(6): 1041-1056.

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)

The students will be able to

1. Recognize the main terms used in Culture , Health and Wellbeing

2. Describe and explain the various theories and methods used in

cultural and Health research applications

3. Compare and contrast the concepts and procedures in Indian

psychology with the Western psychology.

4. Analyse and communicate their ideas based in Indian psychology in

comparison to the Western perspective in written and oral medium of


5. Apply the Indian psychological constructs in comparison to those of

the West to realize the mediating role of culture in health and

wellbeing, Indian and Western models of Health and wellbeing ,

reflect upon culture’s role in cognition and managing stress.

6. Learn to understand the theoretical views, utilize the empirical

findings across cultures and develop culturally sensitive techniques to

enhance health and wellbeing .

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

Components of the assessment:

1. Research proposal and Power point Presentation of a Research

proposal(Topic, objectives, review of literature, sample, analysis,

theory, implication) (50+50)

2. Written exam with short essay type questions (100)

3. Experiential exercises (brief write up on a case study, focussed group

discussion, role play) (30+20)

4. Participation in the class (questions asked, interacting with other

students in discussions, contributing any theoretical or empirical

input in the lectures, presenting new ideas related to the topics) (50)

Late Work/Missed Assignments: Work that is turned in late will receive a

lower score.

For Grading the following will be used:

95% or more = 5!

90-94% = 5

80-89% = 4.5

70-79% = 4

60-69% = 3.5

50-59% = 3

below 50% = 2 (fail)

Experiential exercise 1: case study 30 pts

Research proposal written 50 pts

Class participation 50 pts

Experiential exercise 2 : Focused Group discussions/role play 20 pts

Oral Presentation of Research proposal 50 pts

Exam (written) 100 pts

Total 300 pts

No extensions or make-up exam/task will be allowed without prior

approval and a legitimate reason, such as a serious (documented) medical

emergency. If the student is going to miss class, it is his/her responsibility

to let me know as soon as possible and arrange to make up any work that

they will miss due to their absence

Our learning together in this course will be guided by five core values:

 Intellectual and personal honesty.

 Mutual trust and the free exchange of ideas.

 Fairness in all of our interactions.

 Respect for a wide range opinions, ideas, and persons.

 Personal responsibility and belief in the importance of action in the face of wrongdoing.

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