EDF4539 - Counselling in a multicultural context - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Low Jia Liang


Low Jia Liang

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in D6006 MProfCouns


This unit prepares students to be culturally competent counsellors in Malaysia and beyond. It examines selected issues connecting counselling and psychology to broader social, political and cultural issues. It locates existing psychological and counselling knowledge in a contemporary social context, exploring emerging theoretical developments and reviewing existing controversies. Specific topics investigated include culture and health, chronic disease, indigenous health, forensic and behavioural science, substance use, medical anthropology, and counselling theory in the multicultural context.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically appraise the role of counselling psychology in addressing a range of social, political and cultural issues
  2. review evidence and theories regarding multicultural counselling
  3. evaluate the relationship between counselling and broader social issues through group discussion
  4. develop skills in summarising and presenting ideas in both spoken and written form.


Reflective journal (2000 words, 50%)

Presentation on multicultural counselling approaches (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-hr lecture per week
    • 2-hr tutorial per fortnight
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester.

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