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PSY4240 - Contemporary issues in cross-cultural and indigenous psychology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Eleonora Gullone


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit is intended to familiarise students to current issues in psychology relating to culture and universality. In particular several core areas will be covered, namely developmental, emotions, values, subjective well-being, self-identity, and psychopathology. Key empirical works and major reviews in this area will be presented and students will be required to discuss the works with a view to identifying the implications of these works for psychological understanding and application.


To promote:

  1. an understanding of key psychological issues relating to culture and universality;
  2. knowledge regarding cross-cultural conceptualisations of several key psychological areas;
  3. an understanding of factors associated with health and well-being across cultures;
  4. gained an appreciation of the value of informed group discussion in evaluating important ideas in psychology; and
  5. further developed skills in written and oral communication, and the use of current information technologies.


Seminar presentation: 35%
Participation in class discussion: 30%
Essay (1500 words): 35%

Contact hours

2 hour workshop per week

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

16 hour residential school program


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