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How are our psychologies shaped by culture? Addresses key themes concerning the role of culture in shaping psychological processes, with particular focus on Māori world views, and Pacific cultural contexts.
Although psychology should be the study of all human behaviour, there is an overrepresentation of research conducted using subject from western, educated, industrialised, rich and democratic nations (WEIRD). Findings from psychological research using primarily W.E.I.R.D subjects are often labelled as universal phenomena, but is this true? This course focuses on how our psychologies are shaped by culture. The first half of the course will focus on the theoretical and methodological practices in cultural psychology. The second half of the course will explore case studies, with particular focus on Māori world views, and Pacific cultural contexts.
|Paper title||Cultural Psychology|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,110.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- PSYC 210, 211 and 212
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Teaching staff
Heine, S. J. (2020). Cultural Psychology (4th International Student ed.): Norton.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics,
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper should learn to
- Recognise the key features of Cultural Psychology research
- Understand and critique the role that cultural context plays in determining key psychological processes
- Apply Cultural Psychology to better understand global multicultural and diversity concerns