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Cross-cultural Psychology of Health and Illness


Entry requirements

Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology or similar course. For admission requirements, please contact your study advisor.


This course looks at culture, health, disease and health care from a psychological perspective and at cultural aspects of core psychological concepts and models.

Course objectives

After completion of the course, students are prepared for a culturally diverse society and able to:

  • Identify cultural aspects of personality, psychopathology, stress, pain and illness, distinguish cultural influences on health beliefs, lifestyles and health

  • Understand communication between health care professionals and migrant patients and the use of healthcare facilities.

  • Develop awareness of the impact of culture on social and professional settings


For the timetables of your lectures and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables

Lectures Exams



Students need to register for lectures and exams.
Instructions for registration in courses for the 2nd and 3rd year


Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements, please contact your exchange coordinator.


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

This course consists of 8 2-hour lectures (weblectures are available, with the exception of clinical video material).

Assessment method

Written exam with multiple choice and open questions focusing on insight and application of the learned material, weighted 70% and 30% respectively.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation. Disciplinary measures will be taken when exam fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Reading list

  • Heine, S.J. (2016). Cultural psychology (International student edition), 3rd edition. New York NY: Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-393-26398 or 978-0-393-283709 .

  • A set of articles available via Blackboard.

The complete book of Heine, the articles on BB, the lecture slides as well as the information from the lectures is part of the exam material.

Contact information

Dr. Rebecca Schaefer