Sample Exam Questions for "Cross Cultural Training in Social Psychology"

Last updated:
08 Nov 2005

Short-answer

  1. What is culture?
  2. “Are we ready for the entire field to move to the formal, experimental stage when we have yet to determine whether the 800 million Hindus in India or 125 million Japanese have the same sense of self that we do, the same social motives, or the same attributional biases that have found to be typical of American college students?” asks Rozin ( 2001, p.13).  Comment on this statement as a way of demonstrating your understanding of cultural aspects of social psychology.
  3. What are the barriers to becoming interculturally competent?
  4. What are the intercultural competencies which the EXCELL program tries to enhance?
  5. What are the three underlying learning theories for the EXCELL program?

Multiple choice

The study of culture from an emic perspective focuses on ________________ in contrast to an etic perspective which focuses on _________________

a. culture-specific psychological constructs, culture-universal psychological constructs
b. culture-universal psychological constructs, culture-specific psychological constructs
c. cultural variation, culture homogeneity
d. cultural homogeneity, cultural variation

Indigenous psychology claims that _______________________

a. psychology is native and created for its people
b. Psychology is specific to particular continents
c. A psychology of Black people is distinguishable from a psychology of White people
d. Psychology is a cultural artefact

Cross-cultural research has demonstrated that:

a. those from individualistic cultures have an more independent self-concept
b. those from collectivistic cultures have a more interdependent self-concept
c. those from individualistic cultures have an more interdependent self-concept
d. those from collectivistic cultures have an more independent self-concept
e. both a and b

Which of the following statements are true?
1 = 1 in 5 people in Australia are born overseas
2 = 40% of people themselves, or their parents, were born overseas
3 = Contact alone will be sufficient for positive intergroup relations

a. 1 only
b. 2 and 3
c. none
d. all

Which of the following statements are true?
1 = In Australia during 2004, there were over 100, 000 students in Australian universities from overseas
2 = In Australia during 2004, there were over 200, 000 students in Australian universities from overseas
3 = The top countries sending overseas students are from UK/Europe/North America
4 = The top countries sending overseas students are from Asia
a. 1 and 3
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 4
d. 2 and 4

Surveys of Australian university students have shown that:
1 = Australian students perceive advantages to interacting with overseas students
2 = Australian students perceive disadvantages to interacting with overseas students
3 = Australian students did not exhibit racism towards overseas students
4 = Australian students exhibit racism towards overseas students
a. 1 and 3
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 4
d. 2 and 4

Neil and Mak (2005) found that Asian-born international students more likely to report depressed symptoms if they:
1 = Were from non-English speaking backgrounds
2 = Experienced stress from intercultural contact
3 = Had a lower level of intercultural social efficacy
4 = Had a lower level of general social support
a. 1 and 3
b. 2 and 3
c. 1, 2 and 3
d. 2, 3 and 4

Which of the following statements is consistent with the Eastern view of the person?

a. is bounded, stable, and autonomous
b. is achievement oriented
c. formulates personal goals
d. is responsible with others for joint behaviour
e. defines life by successful goal achievement

Which of the following statements correctly characterises the contrast between North American and European Social Psychology?

a. Europeans have focused on laboratory and experimental approaches to study whereas North Americans have focused on conflict and the connection to sociology and anthropology
b. Europeans have concentrated on the ideological influences on social behaviour whereas their American counterparts have focused on the study of social life considered as aggregations
c. Europeans have focused on conflict, the connection with sociology and the impact of ideology whereas their counterparts in the US have emphasized laboratory/experimental approaches to the study of individuals in groups
d. Europeans have concentrated on the ideological influences on social behaviour whereas their American counterparts have focused on the study of conflict and its conditions
e. Europeans have concentrated on the ideological influences on social behaviour whereas their American counterparts have focused on the study of psychology’s relation to sociology

Orientalism is a term used by Edward Said (1978) to refer to

a. the study of the Middle East
b. the study of the Oriental person
c. discourse and representational practices on the Middle East
d. the politics of the Middle East
e. none of the above