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Introduction to Cultural Psychology (PSY101)

School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit demonstrates the interdependent nature of human psychology and culture; how psychological processes and human behaviour are influenced by culture, and how culture is influenced by individuals and groups. It examines the relationship between culture and many of the topics that will be studied in future units such as developmental processes, cognition, personality and psychological disorders. The unit also introduces students to social psychological principles around group norms, stereotyping, and interactions within and between groups.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Engage in critical thinking about culture and assess the complexities of cultural influences on our behaviour.
2. Understand the influence of social norms (e.g., gender) in our society.
3. Understand how we all see things through our own 'cultural lenses', often without being aware of our biases and selective perceptions.
4. Understand that psychological theories and practices are not necessarily universal and we must consider psychological processes and behaviour within their specific cultural context.
5. Understand some of the problems that beset attempts at intercultural communication, and the challenges that face those who move between cultures and sub-cultures.
6. Have a broad understanding of the research methods that are used in cross-cultural psychological research.
7. Gain experience in formal academic writing practices used in psychology.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 12 x 1 hour; Tutorials: 12 x 1.5 hours per teaching period; optional Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS): 1 hour per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures and reading activities in the unit supply students with the core learning content. Tutorials complement these, providing the opportunity for in-depth discussion of concepts and their application to real life phenomena.
Assessment There are four assessments: a glossary that the students build over the semester as they do their weekly readings (10%), a lab report plan (10%), a lab report based on data generated by the students (40%) and a two hour exam consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions (40%).
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY246 Psychology: Culture and Community may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2016: 'Introduction to Cultural and Community Psychology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Criminology + Psychology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Appears in these Minors Social and Developmental Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.
Introduction to Cultural Psychology (PSY1011) - as for PSY101 except as follows
School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal
Description This unit demonstrates the interdependent nature of human psychology and culture; how psychological processes and human behaviour are influenced by culture, and how culture is influenced by individuals and groups. It examines the relationship between culture and many of the topics that will be studied in future units such as developmental processes, cognition, personality and psychological disorders. The unit also introduces students to social psychological principles around group norms, stereotyping, and interactions within and between groups.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Engage in critical thinking about culture and assess the complexities of cultural influences on our behaviour.
2. Understand the influence of social norms (e.g., gender) in our society.
3. Understand how we all see things through our own 'cultural lenses', often without being aware of our biases and selective perceptions.
4. Understand that psychological theories and practices are not necessarily universal and we must consider psychological processes and behaviour within their specific cultural context.
5. Understand some of the problems that beset attempts at intercultural communication, and the challenges that face those who move between cultures and sub-cultures.
6. Have a broad understanding of the research methods that are used in cross-cultural psychological research.
7. Gain experience in formal academic writing practices used in psychology.
Timetabled Learning Activities (12 weeks x 4 hours face-to-face learning per teaching week)
1 x 2-hour Lecture per week
1 x 1-hour Tutorial per week
1 x 1-hour Workshop per week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures and reading activities in the unit supply students with the core learning content. Tutorials complement these, providing the opportunity for in-depth discussion of concepts and their application to real life phenomena.
Assessment There are four assessments: a glossary that the students build over the semester as they do their weekly readings (15%), a lab report plan (10%), a lab report based on data generated by the students (35%) and a two hour exam consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions (40%).
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY246 Psychology: Culture and Community may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Diploma of Psychological Studies [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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Unit Coordinator
PSY101
Ms Olivia Monson
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6741
e: Olivia.Monson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.009A - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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PSY101

DUBAI-ISC: TJD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-Internal
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Olivia Monson
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6741
e: Olivia.Monson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.009A - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
PSY1011

DUBAI-ISC: TJD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
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