PSYCHOL 6505OL - Culture and Context

Online - Online Teaching 1 - 2021

In what way are you shaped by your culture? In this course you will consider how the culture and context we are surrounded by influence our lives and you will critically examine the central role played by cultural assumptions and values. Developing cultural responsiveness, including with Indigenous Australian cultures will be facilitated. Mental health and wellbeing is a central focus of the course with an emphasis on applying knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 6505OL
    Course Culture and Context
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Online Teaching 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact 1 to 2 hour online tutorial
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6500OL and PSYCHOL 6501OL
    Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Graduate Certificate in Psychology
    Course Description In what way are you shaped by your culture? In this course you will consider how the culture and context we are surrounded by influence our lives and you will critically examine the central role played by cultural assumptions and values. Developing cultural responsiveness, including with Indigenous Australian cultures will be facilitated. Mental health and wellbeing is a central focus of the course with an emphasis on applying knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Bean
    Course Timetable

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

    Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Examine personal cultural positioning and the implications for competent health service delivery.
    2 Critically examine psychological research and theory in relation to culture, cross-cultural perspectives and theories of cross-cultural competency.
    3 Apply basic principles and protocols underpinning ethical practice for working with Indigenous Australian peoples and communities.
    4 Demonstrate interpersonal skills and teamwork to address issues relating to psychological health and wellbeing.
    5 Communicate issues relevant to psychological health and wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse groups, in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and assessments and to engage in online tutorials. Resources and readings will be provided within Myuni.
    Recommended Resources
    Detailed reading lists with be provided within course modules and will be accessible online via Myuni.
    Online Learning
    This is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communication,  links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engagement with course content is facilitated by online presentations, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self directed research and study supported by weekly online tutorial sessions. There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.

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

    This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 24-25 hours per week engaging with the online content, in private study, attending online tutorials and completing the assignments for this course.

    Hours per Week:
    1.5 Hours - Tutorial
    1 Hour - Tutorial Preparation
    9 Hours - Assessment related tasks
    10 Hours - Engaging with online content including video presentations, podcasts, directed research activities, discussions, interactive tasks
    3 Hours - Readings
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course consists of 6 modules:

    1. Introduction to Culture and Context

    · What is ‘Culture’ and ‘Context’?
    · Cultural Assumptions and Values (developing cultural responsiveness)
    · Indigenous Australian Culture

    2. Indigenous Australian Culture and Communication
    · Cultural Self and Identify.
    · Cross-Cultural Communication

    3. Mental Health in Context
    · Biopsychosocial-Cultural Framework
    · Emotion, Culture and Health
    · Time and Place
    · Rural Health: Culture and Context

    4. Mental Health in CALD Groups in Australia
    · Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Groups in Australia
    · Mental Health and Wellbeing in CALD Groups
    · Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care for Refugees
    · Participatory Action Research (with CALD groups)

    5. International Psychology
    · Psychology is WEIRD
    · International Psychology
    · Cross-Cultural Psychology
    · Cultural Transmission

    6. Culture and context in Applied Settings
    · Culture in the Workplace
    · Topical Issues in Culture and Context
    · Course Reflection

    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • 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 Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    1. Personal reflective task Formative & Summative

    Sun 11:59pm
    Week 2

    20% 1,3
    2. Group task 
    Part 1 (Presentation)
    Part B (Peer assessment & individual Reflection )
    Formative & Summative Sun 11:59pm
    Part 1 Week 4
    Part 2 Week 5
    3. Written report Summative Sun 11:59pm
    Week 6
    40% 2,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Submission via Turnitin. All assignments are due by 11:59pm on the Sunday at the end of the week in which they are due. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions.

    Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be emailed to the course coordinator and submitted before the due date. The course coordinator will consider the request in the light of the case made and University deadlines, and may grant an extension of up to three days.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment #1 Reflective task (20% 800 words, due end of week 2). The purpose of this activity is for you to reflect on your own identity (or identities) and contextual factors that may have shaped your current values, beliefs and attitudes.

    Assessment #2 Part 1 Group presentation (30%, due end of week 4). You will collaborate with other students to prepare and present a group video on a topic (to be determined) relevant to the health and wellbeing of indigeneous Australian peoples. In addition, formative feedback will be provided using SPLAT (Self and Peer Learning Assessment Tool) to assess your own and other group members participation in the group work.
    Part 2 Individual Written reflection (10%, 800 words, due end of Week 5). You will reflect on your experience of participating in the group work component of this assessment and will provide critical feedback on one other group's presentation.

    Assessment #3 Written report (40%, 1750 words, due end of week 6). Identification, evaluation and critical discussion of a mental health assessment tool for use in culturally and linguistically diverse groups in Australia. This task requires you to demonstrate your ability to communicate issues relevant to psychological health and wellbeing in a manner that is culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
    Submission via Turnitin
    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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.

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