Identify an international, credible news story or current event regarding children and/or adults that is being debated

As a working professional, understanding the field of psychology and how it applies to your work environment, is a necessary component to not only developing healthy relationships but also appreciating other cultures and their impact to society.

For this first Module Assessment, you will examine an international, credible news story or current event related to children and/or adult dilemmas from an expert consultant’s perspective. You will be asked to develop a series of talking points for a panel discussion you have been invited to attend.

To Prepare:

  • Consider the following: Imagine you are asked to be on a panel as an expert cultural psychology consultant to discuss an international, credible news story or current event regarding children and/or adults that is being debated. You are asked to develop a series of talking points for your panel discussion.
  • Identify an international, credible news story or current event regarding children and/or adults that is being debated (e.g., child labor, immigration, migration, refugees, international scores on standardized tests). Review and analyze the event/news story and apply the lens of culture and psychology.
  • Review this Module’s Learning Resources and consider how these resources may inform your Module Assessment. Also, pay special attention to the resource Evaluating Resources: What about Stuff I find on the Internet? Knowing When to Use and Trust what you find on the Internet and consider how you might evaluate the news story/current event to be credible for your Module Assessment.

Assignment (5–6 pages not including title page or reference page):

As a consultant, you are a busy professional, so your summary will include 5–6 pages of your talking points. However, your talking points will need to be presented in paragraph form that follows proper APA format and style. Include the following:

Introduction (1 page)

  • A brief introduction of culture and components of culture
    • Define culture and be able to describe some forms/aspects of various sample cultures
    • Explain how your definition of culture applies to your news story or current event

News Story/Current Event (1–2 page)

  • Describe the international, credible news story or current event regarding children and/or adults that is being debated (e.g., child labor, immigration, migration, refugees, international scores on standardized tests)

Lifespan Development (1 page)

  • Explain the cultural implications on human development based on the event related to children and/or adults

Specific recommendations (2 pages)

  • Analyze the news story and explain what you have learned about culture and psychology as it relates to addressing the situation
  • Offer 2–4 specific recommendations based on culture and psychology to respond to the issues raised in the news story or event

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