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Unit description

Critically engages with the ways culture can shape reality and be shaped by individuals, groups and institutions, including how psychological science, theory and research are conceptualised and practiced. Intercultural communication at the level of the individual, community and institution, and as in relation to cultural health, will be examined with a particular emphasis on Australia’s Indigenous and migrant peoples. Cultural issues and debates will be discussed in national and global contexts.

Unit content

  1. What is culture: Yours, mine and theirs
  2. Culture, constructs, assumptions and theory: Situating mainstream psychology  
  3. Language and inter-cultural communication  
  4. Culturally-appropriate research methods 
  5. Bringing it home: Culture and health  
  6. Cultural issues nationally and on the world stage

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1engage in critical thinking about culture, particularly the influence of culture on psychological science, theory, and research
2appraise the complexities around inter-cultural communication and how to apply these considerations in practice
3describe how individuals and groups can be shaped by, and shape, the culture of which they are a part
4critically examine and communicate in a collaborative academic format current issues and debates related to cultural and Indigenous issues in the national and global context

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

  1. engage in critical thinking about culture, particularly the influence of culture on psychological science, theory, and research
  2. appraise the complexities around inter-cultural communication and how to apply these considerations in practice
  3. describe how individuals and groups can be shaped by, and shape, the culture of which they are a part
  4. critically examine and communicate in a collaborative academic format current issues and debates related to cultural and Indigenous issues in the national and global context

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
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Prescribed Resources/Equipment
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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz30%
Report50%
Presentation20%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz30%
Report50%
Presentation20%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz30%
Report50%
Presentation20%
Notice

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

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Fee information

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