Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Introduces students to the importance of culture in understanding human behaviour, including cognitive processes, social behaviour, language and communication, health and emotions. The implications of cultural differences for the development of theories in psychology will be examined. Other issues will include immigration and working with people of different cultures. A section of the unit will focus on issues related to cross cultural and indigenous psychologies.

Unit content

  • An introduction to cross-cultural psychology
  • Research methods used in cross cultural psychology research
  • Developmental psychology from a cross cultural perspective
  • Cognition and perception from a cross cultural perspective
  • Emotional expression and perception across cultures
  • Migration and settlement in Australia
  • Multilingualism and the importance of language in culture
  • Health issues from a cross cultural perspective
  • Social psychology from a cross cultural perspective
  • Intercultural and cross cultural communication

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Matsumoto, D & Juang, L, 2017, Culture and Psychology , 6th edn, Cengage. ISBN: 9781305648951.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Essay/Case study/Research Proposal45%
Exam: closed book40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 Hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Essay/Case study/Research Proposal45%
Exam: closed book40%

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