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HPS209 - Cross Cultural and Indigenous Psychology

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

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

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Lata Satyen
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight; 1 x 1 hour recorded online lecture per week; and 1 x 2 hour Masterclass per fortnight

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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)

Note:

This unit is available to students doing any course in the university

Content

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 Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Examine and demonstrate an understanding of psychosocial theories that underpin attitudes, prejudice, and discrimination in multicultural contexts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO2

Demonstrate an understanding of the intersectionality between culture including ethnicity, gender and sexuality on mental health and human behaviour.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3

Critically evaluate research methods used in cross cultural research.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO4

Examine and recognise issues that affect the mental health of multicultural and Indigenous communities. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO5

Critically examine and communicate issues specific to Indigenous communities. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship

Assessment

Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Evaluation and Discussion of a Lab Report 1000 word evaluation and discussion 25%
  • Week5
Assessment 2: Essay 1500 words 40%
  • Week 8
Assessment 3: Multiple choice examination 70 questions 35%
  • Examination period

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.

Learning Resource

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.

https://www.niaa.gov.au/resource-centre/indigenous-affairs/national-strategic-framework-mental-health-social-emotional-wellbeing-2017-23

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