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PSYC432 Special Topic: Waenganui: Intersecting Culture and the Mind

Social psychological exploration into culture and cultural tasks (e.g. norms and values) with a particular focus on how culture is entangled with ways in which the mind operates.

Paper title Special Topic: Waenganui: Intersecting Culture and the Mind
Paper code PSYC432
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Recommended Preparation
PSYC 329

This paper is available to 400-level Psychology majors.

Entry into Psychology 400-level papers normally requires a major in Psychology, a B+ average or higher in Psychology 300-level papers, and a pass in PSYC 311 Quantitative Methods.

Students from other universities must show evidence of an equivalent level of competence.


Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle -

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle

Paper Structure

Approximately two thirds of the class will involve lectures and discussions on core cultural psychology research and theories. The remain third is a combination of practical exercises, data analysis, and student research presentations.

Guest lecturers will also be invited to discuss their experiences conducting cultural research or applying principles from cultural research in their practice.

Teaching Arrangements

A one semester class consisting of weekly seminars. Each seminar will be up to 3 hours and will usually follow a structure of a 60-90 minute lecture followed by class discussion.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Have the skills in which to critically assess the ability of traditional, Western-focused psychology to identify and explain ‘universal’ psychological phenomena
  • Have the ability to evaluate the efficacy of broad quantitative and qualitative methodology (e.g. experimental, observational, ethnography) in researching psychological phenomena, particularly through the perspective of approaches such as He Awa Whiria – The Braided Rivers model
  • Recognise and effectively apply cultural psychology theory to and within the Aotearoa New Zealand context
  • Have developed skills in which to effectively present cultural psychology theories and ideas

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41