|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Psychology and Wellbeing|
|Student contribution band :||Professional Pathway Psych|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||20 May 2022|
Cross-cultural psychology, including Indigenous Australian psychology, aims to explore the relationships between cultural variables and human emotions and behaviour. This course will raise students' awareness of and sensitivity to the impact that cultural variables have on perception and cognition, social functioning and development, communication, personality, mental health and other specific arenas of the discipline of psychology. In doing so, students will begin to explore their own assumptions and values that affect the manner in which they approach others and the world at large, with a specific focus on Indigenous Australians. The course will thus provide a foundation for further study in psychology with an increased understanding of the broad impact of cultural factors. It is also hoped that the course may serve to influence students' personal development, inspiring greater tolerance and respect for, as well as involvement within, the increasingly multi-cultural society in which we live.
This course focuses on cross-cultural and specifically Indigenous Australian psychology, exploring both those areas that are common to all humans and those that differ across people from various geographical regions, with different racial and ethnic identities, and from various other cultural groups. As cross-cultural research is increasingly influencing broad aspects of the practice of psychology, the course will cover the various findings to date and explore how cultural factors impact upon human emotion and behaviour, specifically including cognition, social functioning and development, personality and mental health, amongst other sub-disciplines. Students, including non-psychology students, will develop their personal and professional understanding and awareness of cultural variables in order to help prepare them for further training and development. A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed, including a number of practical and interactive exercises to help students apply new knowledge and practise new skills.