- Code PSYC2012
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Psychology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Junwen Chen
- Dr Olivia Evans
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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The aim of this course is to explore the concept of culture and demonstrate how psychological science is a product of the culture in which psychologists are embedded. The course situates mainstream psychology in the culture from which it has emerged and then explores some psychological implications of practicing psychology as a Eurocentric science, particularly in the context of the colonial history of Australia.
Students will also learn how to apply their knowledge of cross-cultural differences in their real lives and work, and develop an understanding of difficulties practitioners may face in working with clients whose culture is different from their own. Particular emphasis will be placed on Indigenous issues in psychology and the importance of understanding these in the context of working with Indigenous Australian people in practice and research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Define and explain the concept of culture and how it relates to the history of mainstream psychology
- Critically examine psychological practices, research and theory in relation to cross-cultural perspectives and theories of cross-cultural competency
- Contextualise the discipline of psychology in Australia within the wider context of Australia's colonial history
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competency and how to apply these considerations in practice, with a particular focus on working with Indigenous Australians.
- Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Practical lab exercises (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- End of Semester Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 6 x 2 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
- Approximately 94 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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