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[PSYC W2650] Introduction to Cultural Psychology

November 12, 2014

Purdie-Vaughns, Valerie
[PSYC W2650] Introduction to Cultural Psychology

I highly recommend taking this course- whether you are majoring/concentrating in Psych or not. The material is applicable to everyday life, with especially significant implications for business, law, and policy.
Professor Purdie-Vaughans is a fantastic lecturer who is both extremely organized as well as engaging. She assigns only necessary reading and makes a point to keep it minimal and the work level entirely doable. She also makes it very clear that her goal is just to help students learn, not to trip them up or create an impossible course. She actually means this. Often, she would consult the class on assignments, exam dates, etc. Whatever she said would be on the exam was on it- and nothing more. Extremely considerate and fair.
The TAs were all also very helpful, approachable, unpretentious, intelligent, and well-prepared when it came to answering questions and running review sessions.
There is a required group project for the course. Since I hate group projects, this made me question whether I wanted to take the course. But the project can actually be a great learning experience and an opportunity to do actual research and visit a site related to a particular interest you select. Putting up with the typically frustrating group project aspects are, in my opinion, worth it for this.

SHORT VERSION- TAKE THIS CLASS. Everything about it is amazing.


Completely reasonable and doable, if not light

November 17, 2011

Purdie-Vaughns, Valerie
[PSYC W2650] Introduction to Cultural Psychology

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Professor Purdie-Vaughns is great. I'm so glad I decided to enroll in her Introduction to Cultural Psychology class this semester even though she had no culpa reviews. I've enjoyed her teaching style so much that I'm writing one now!

VPV (no one calls her that, by the way...) is a great lecturer. Her lectures (with projected slides that aren't posted on courseworks) are always clear, interesting, and manageable for note-takers on computer or by hand. She teaches at a relatively slow pace, allowing for a surprising amount of class discussion for a lecture hall. She always answers any and every question. VPV is eloquent, knowledgable about the field, and generally likable.

If you're a psych major or just thinking about it, take anything with her. She says outright that her class is designed for everyone to do well, and she means it. She just wants us to learn. This has not been a really difficult class, but just enjoyable and somehow relaxing.


readings (not tested on them until the exams)
take-home midterm
final exam
group project

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W2650: Intro to Cultural Psychology Valerie Purdie-Vaughns 2010 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W2650: Intro to Cultural Psychology Valerie Purdie-Vaughns 2009 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1