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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1critically evaluate core areas of psychology from a cross cultural perspectiveKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2critically evaluate research methods used in cross cultural researchKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3apply psychological knowledge to gain a greater understanding of issues which affect multicultural and Indigenous communitiesKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4critically examine current issues and debates related to cross-cultural and Indigenous issues in the national and global contextKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5demonstrate an understanding of trans-generational issues in migrant and Indigenous societies todayKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
6demonstrate an understanding of how to be more effective in intercultural and cross cultural communicationKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
7demonstrate an understanding of some of the differences and commonalities between people from different social and cultural groups.Communication and social skillsCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate core areas of psychology from a cross cultural perspective
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. critically evaluate research methods used in cross cultural research
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. apply psychological knowledge to gain a greater understanding of issues which affect multicultural and Indigenous communities
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. critically examine current issues and debates related to cross-cultural and Indigenous issues in the national and global context
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. demonstrate an understanding of trans-generational issues in migrant and Indigenous societies today
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. demonstrate an understanding of how to be more effective in intercultural and cross cultural communication
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. demonstrate an understanding of some of the differences and commonalities between people from different social and cultural groups.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay/Case study/Research Proposal45%
Presentation15%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay/Case study/Research Proposal45%
Presentation15%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 Hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay/Case study/Research Proposal45%
Presentation15%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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