PSYM4810 – Summer School: Global Mobility and Acculturation

Course content

The Global-MINDS summer school is a course only for students admitted to the Global-MINDS European MA program. Over the course of two weeks, it brings all students within the program together with invited teachers to improve knowledge and skills in research and intervention methods. The summer school takes place between second and third semester. It is administered by UiO as part of its second semester teaching for students following Path B in the program.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) to be developed during the course:

The Summer School will train you in knowledge about and applying of research methods and intervention methods. Content will be taught by discussing specific cross-cultural topics and applications.

Learning goals (LG) - Methods (20 hours):

LG1. Knowledge about conceptual issues, biases and study designs in cross-cultural research
LG2. Ability to evaluate different cross-cultural methods and make informed decisions about which method is best suited for a specific research question
LG3. Ability to analyze cross-cultural data
LG4. Building confidence as a researcher to interpret and deal with cross-cultural data in a culturally fair way

Learning goals (LG) - Intervention (20 hours):

LG5. Knowledge about the importance of conducting culturally-sensitive interventions in different domains
LG6. Ability to take a culturally sensitive approach to the design and implementation of theory-based interventions
LG7. Ability and confidence to conduct and asses evidence-based interventions in a culturally fair way
LG8. Ability to critically evaluate the quality and effectiveness of social interventions.


The course is offered only to students enrolled in the Global Minds-programme.   


The summer school will last for 2 weeks. Week 1 focuses on methodological issues, while Week 2 focuses on evidence-based interventions. Week 2 will capitalize on some of the learned contents from Week 1.

Topics week 1 - Methodology

- Equivalence and biases in cross-cultural research
- Translating and adapting tests for cross-cultural assessments
- Survey response styles across cultures
- Methods for investigating equivalence across cultures
- Cross-cultural comparisons in practice

Topics week 2 - Interventions

- Social interventions and the relevance of culture
- How to incorporate social and cultural psychological theory into intervention development and implementation
- Choosing the right methods to assess the effectiveness of interventions in different cultural contexts
- Social intervention in practice

The following teaching methodologies will be used during the summer school:

1)    Lectures by teacher

2)    Class discussions

3)    Practical exercises

4)    Flipped classrooms



The course will be evaluated based on the following criterias:

1)    Cross-cultural data analyses (30% of grade): students will be given a cross-cultural dataset and asked to run specific analyses and to report the results in APA format

2)    In-class presentation (40% of grade): students will present their master thesis proposal in-class incorporating the learned contents of the workshops.

3)    Group assignment (30% of grade): students will submit an essay in which they design a social intervention taking into account the learned contents about culturally fair designs and assessments.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Every spring
Every spring
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