PSYCHOL 4306 - Indigenous Psychological Health and Wellbeing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course deepens and extends the student's knowledge in relation to Indigenous health, psychological wellbeing, mental health and resiliency in Australia. The contemporary effects of a colonial history will be explored, along with other contextual information such as social determinants, ethics, empowerment and solutions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 4306
    Course Indigenous Psychological Health and Wellbeing
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible PSYCHOL 4209, PSYCHOL 4309
    Restrictions Available to Honours BPsychSc (Hons) students only
    Quota 30
    Assessment Written Major Assessment (60%) and Written Minor assessment (40%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Yvonne Clark

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Review historical components as it relates to the current health and wellbeing of Indigenous people.
    2. Understand the unique challenges faced by Indigenous populations in achieving equitable outcomes.
    3. Gain an improved level of cultural competency and reflexivity in working with Indigenous people.
    3. Understand how psychological research can inform practice with Indigenous people.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources for this course. A set of readings will be assigned by each presenter. Details will be available on MyUni throughout the course.
    Online Learning
    This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following to:

    -Link or provide access to reading material;
    -Provide material from the semenars;
    -Communicate with students via Announcements and Discussion Board;
    -Inform on assessment material;
    -enable submission of summative assessment;
    -Self-directed learning activities; and/or
    -Exam preparation materials.

    Link to MyUni:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    A series of face to face interactive seminars for discussion and applied practice.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Seminars: 6x2 hours: 12 hours
    Mid Semester excercises: 26 hours
    Exam preparation: 25 hours
    Independent reading: 90 hours
    Final Exam: 3 hours

    Total = 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topic Lecturer
    Week 1 Course introduction and Indigenous historical contexual information Dr Yvonne Clark
    Week 2 TBA
    Week 3 TBA
    Week 4 TBA
    Week 5 TBA
    Week 6 Course summary and assessment Dr Yvonne Clark

    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Minor assignment Summative 40 All
    Major assignment Summative 60 All
    Assessment Detail
    The course is examined by 2 summative exercises:  a mid-assessment,  the details of which will be provided at the start of the course. The mid-assessment is weighted at 30% and covers all the learning outcomes; and a 3 hour written exam which will consist of 3 questions, 1 for each learning outcome. The questions will be provided prior to the exam and each question will be given an equal weight (adding up to 70% of marks).
    The assessment is to be submitted via Turn-it-In on MyUni under the Assessment tab.
    Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology Students Handbook  (available at link below) for information about late penalties, the process of applying for extensions and the staff "turn-around" timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.

    Students are advised to keep a copy of all assessments and take a screen shot of the submission page showing the date and time of submission should any problems be encountered due to MyUni or Turn-it-In server outages. This information should be saved for future reference.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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