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PSYC5382 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology Advanced

Graduate Diploma Unit


One trimester


Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science – AQF Level 8

Credit points:

6 (out of 54)



Mode(s) of delivery:





This unit provides an overview of the principles and practice of cross-cultural psychology. It begins with an introduction to culture, social identity and group behavior, as well as important considerations in cross-cultural research. This will be followed by an exploration of major theories and research evidence for cross-cultural differences in key areas of psychology, including cognition, perception, psychosexual development, health, personality and psychopathology. Cross-cultural differences within social and organizational behavior are also studied. Finally, there will be a focus on Indigenous psychology, with particular emphasis on Indigenous psychology in Australia.

Unit description

The main content of the unit will be delivered in ten three hour lectures. Smaller, group discussions will take place in the weekly tutorials, allowing for further exploration of key cross-cultural psychology constructs. Especially important will be the development of critical thinking around methodological issues in cross-cultural research and students’ own concept of self within a cross-cultural context. Students will research and discuss a chosen topic in intercultural psychology in a seminar presentation, and write a research proposal aimed at investigating key issues not addressed by current literature. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of culture, cultural identity, cultural influence, and prejudice.
  • Articulate the strengths and limitations of cross-cultural research and develop a research proposal incorporating these.
  • Apply an advanced understanding of the key issues faced by minority populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, refugees, LGBTT, and people with physical/intellectual disabilities.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the major theories and research evidence for cross-cultural differences in key areas of psychology, including cognition, perception, psychosexual development, health, personality and psychopathology.
  • Critically evaluate the key concepts of indigenous psychology and how these relate to researching and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in particular.
  • Critically evaluate the ethical issues associated with researching and offering
  • psychological interventions diverse populations.
  • Critically analyse and extract information from existing research.
  • Transfer complex knowledge to a variety of audiences.

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly 3 hour lectures and 9 weekly 1 hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Study schedule

N.B. This unit is at a higher level than that taken by the Bachelor’s degree students, and therefore students will be expected to adopt a critical and evaluative position on the topics and be ready to engage with the tutor at an advanced level.

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text(s)

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.

Parallel teaching statement

This unit involves parallel teaching. In order to ensure the required coverage of psychology and meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Standards, students enrolled in this unit will attend the same lectures as undergraduate students enrolled in the second and third years of the psychology sequence. To ensure learning at the appropriate level, however, students enrolled in this unit will attend separate laboratory and/or tutorial sessions from the undergraduate students. These sessions, rather than focusing on reinforcing the learning of material presented in lectures, are designed to extend this learning in more depth and at an advanced level. This will involve students preparing for these sessions by reading more advanced material. Assessment tasks also differ from the parallel undergraduate unit to ensure students are able to demonstrate the higher level of learning that is required for successful completion of the unit.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of trimester. A full and update to date unit outline will be posted on the class space