2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight; 1 x 1 hour recorded online lecture per week; and 1 x 2 hour Masterclass per fortnight
1 x 2 hour (online) seminar per fortnight; 1 x 1 hour online recorded lecture class per week; and 1 x 2 hour Masterclass per fortnight (recording available)
This unit is available to students doing any course in the university
This unit provides the opportunity to learn about the importance of culture in understanding human behaviour. Specifically, the unit draws on theoretical perspectives from cross cultural and Indigenous psychology and examines the role of culture on adaptation and individual and group behaviours. The intersectionality of culture including ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and mental health is critically examined. Cultural competence skills will be developed to inform the training and practice of health professionals to address the mental health needs of diverse clients. The application of culturally intrinsic knowledge to the practice of psychology will be advanced through the presentation of case studies and practical exercises. The Indigenous content has been developed in collaboration with experts in Indigenous knowledges and will include the examination of the social, political and historical determinants relevant to the mental health of Indigenous Australians.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this UnitAt the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO6: Self-managementGLO8: Global citizenship
Demonstrate an understanding of the intersectionality between culture including ethnicity, gender and sexuality on mental health and human behaviour.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO6: Self-managementGLO8: Global citizenship
Critically evaluate research methods used in cross cultural research.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solvingGLO8: Global citizenship
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
Readings for each topic will be provided as there is no single textbook that covers all or a majority of the unit content.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2017). National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing, 2017-2023.
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