HPS209 - Cross Cultural and Indigenous Psychology


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour on-campus seminar per fortnight
1 x 1 hour lecture (pre-recorded) per week
1 x 2 hour online masterclass per fortnight

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2 hour online seminar per fortnight
1 x 1 hour lecture (pre-recorded) per week
1 x 2 hour online masterclass per fortnight


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.

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