PSYCH 320 : Culture and Psychology
2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Describe how history, political systems, discourses and intergroup relations characterise and inform cultural realities. (Capability 2, 4 and 6)
- Describe various strategies for resistance and resilience to Eurocentric imposed assumptions, knowledge and governance systems. (Capability 3)
- Apply existing empirical research and theory to critically evaluate and explain interpersonal experiences of daily life. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
- Explore the application of psychological knowledge to a range of social issues and cultural contexts. (Capability 1 and 4)
|Essay Outline||20%||Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
To obtain plussage (1) both assignments must be completed and handed in, (2) you must attend 6 of the 7 tutorials, and (3) obtain a passing grade for your coursework overall. Ineligibility for plussage means you must accept your in-course mark, however low, and your final grade will be based on the final exam marked out of 40% plus the coursework marked out of 60%. If you are eligible for plussage, your final mark will be based on either the final exam plus coursework, or entirely on the final exam if that gives you a better grade.
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- Culture and solidarity: This module will focus on the role that culture, ethnicity and context play in understanding how people make meaning of their lives and the social worlds they live in.
- Culture and Pacific Issues in Psychology: The first part of this module will focus on prevailing theories and methods in psychological research in areas of cross-cultural psychology, ethnic identity, acculturation and quantitative research, in addition to critiques of these approaches.
- Māori knowledge, gender, reproduction & sexuality: This module will focus on Māori knowledge, gender, reproduction & sexuality.
This course is a standard 15-point course. Following University workload guidelines, this represents approximately 150 hours of study across the semester. For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures each week and a 2-hour tutorial in some weeks. The balance of time will be spent reading and digesting course content, participating and working on assignments and exam preparation.
- Attendance is required at scheduled activities, including tutorials, to receive credit for components of the course.
- Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities, including tutorials, will not be available as recordings.
- The course may include live online events.
- Attendance on campus is required for the exam.
- The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
Core readings for this course will be supplied by contributing faculty via CANVAS prior to relevant sessions.
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.
The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.
You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.
If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
Assignments that are handed in after the due date and time will receive a late penalty unless you obtained an extension prior to the due date.
In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.
The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.