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PSYC329 Cultural Psychology

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
Paper code PSYC329
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
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.

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Prerequisite
PSYC 210, 211 and 212
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact

marea.colombo@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Marea Colombo

Textbooks

Heine, S. J. (2020). Cultural Psychology (4th International Student ed.): Norton.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-38, 40-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A2 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A5 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
A6 Friday 16:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41

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.

Paper title Cultural Psychology
Paper code PSYC329
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
PSYC 210, 211 and 212
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact

marea.colombo@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Marea Colombo

Textbooks

Heine, S. J. (2020). Cultural Psychology (4th International Student ed.): Norton.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

^ Top of page

Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A2 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
A3 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 29-34, 36-40
A5 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
A6 Friday 16:00-16:50 29-34, 36-40