Code: 41051
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: Psychology
    Psychological processes
    Social behaviours
    Cultural differences
Ana Isabel da Silva
Área Científica: Psychology

Course Description:
In this curricular unit the students learn about the origins of the domain, the scope of the discipline, its goals, the several approaches to the problems studied and the potentialities of the discipline.
Methodologies of intercultural investigation, relations between culture, self and personality and the basic psychological processes in cultural context, namely perception, cognition and emotion are discussed.
The relations between culture and social behavior are analyzed at several levels: intimate relations, pro-social behavior, attributions and behavior in small groups (social laziness, independence, conformity and obedience).
Gender issues and intercultural issues are also taken into consideration.

Increase the awareness to the similarities and differences of the human behavior in the different cultures.
Prevail the ethnocentric thought and behavior.
Understand the relations between culture and behavior.
Master the essential concepts and theories of intercultural psychology.


1. Intercultural psychology in perspective

2. Methodology of intercultural research

3. Culture, self and personality

4. Culture and psychological processes in cultural context: perception, cognition and emotion

5. Culture and gender

6. Culture and social behavior

7. Culture and social issues

8. Intercultural contact


Gallois, D. T. (2004). Terras ocupadas? Territorialidades? In Ricardo, F. Terras indígenas e unidades de conservação da natureza (pp.37-41). São Paulo: Instituto Socioambiental (ISA).
Miranda, J. (2014). Numa urbe genderizada. Vivências dos espaços.In J. Miranda e A.P. Beja Horta. Migrações e Género. Espaços, Poderes e Identidades, Lisboa, Editora Mundos Sociais.
Neto, F. (2002). Psicologia Intercultural. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.

Neves, A.S. & Miranda, J. Introdução. In A.S. NEVES & J. MIRANDA. Género e Migrações (pp.9-12), Revista Ex-Aequo, nº 24.

Wilber, K. (1977). A realidade como consciência. In O espectro da consciência (pp.42-67). São Paulo: Editora Cultrix.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office –