PSYC575-17A (HAM)

Indigenous Psychologies

15 Points

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Te Kura Kete Aronui
School of Psychology


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Paper Description

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Teaching staff :

Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki, email:, Jessica Gosche, email:

Prof Linda Waimarie Nikora, Dr Mohi Rua, Dr Bridgette Masters, Dr Neville Robertson, Dr Byron Seiuli (Post Doc Fellow), Ms Kiri Edge (Post Doc Fellow)

Indigenous psychologies are sensitive to context, conscious of history and responsive to multiple ways of knowing and being in the world. This paper will cover topics relevant to students who wish to work as psychologists in applied settings, in particular, clinical, community and organisational settings and applied psychological research. Working responsibly with Maori and other indigenous peoples will be a central issue in this module. The themes to be covered include: understanding the field of indigenous psychologies; Maori, Pacific and Pakeha indigenous psychologies; and the domains of a Maori indigenous psychology.

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Paper Structure

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Information shared and discussed in this paper is beyond what is actually assessed. In class activity and self-directed reading will contribute to the student’s knowledge base about Indigenous Psychologies and will build a firm initial foundation to understanding its relevance and application to
contemporary psychological concerns. To competently complete tasks assigned for assessment, students will need to read broadly and pursue their own self-directed learning and writing outside of class time.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical and emerging theory of indigenous psychologies
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  • Identify and describe the broad domains of an indigenous Maori psychology
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  • Identify and describe research objectives for the further development of an indigenous Maori psychology
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Reading mastery tests
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Video assignment
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
3. Research Proposal (Marsden preliminary)
14 Jun 2017
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Te Manu Kai i Te Mātauranga: Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Edited by Waikaremoana W. Waitoki & Michelle Levy.
This ground-breaking book brings together the work of 18 Māori psychologists. Linked by a central story, each author offers insights into how they work with Māori when they start from positions of hope, cultural contexts, and culturally significant essentials. Including a diverse range of expertise, topics covered include Kaupapa Māori psychology, community psychology, mental health, drug and alcohol, neuropsychology, family violence, educational psychology and child and adolescent psychology.

ISBN 978-0-473-34545-7
New Zealand Psychological Society
Wellington, New Zealand (2016)
16 chapters, 300 pages, soft back cover

This book can be ordered and paid online in the NZ Psychological Society's Book Store.
Order form

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Online Support

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This paper uses MOODLE as a portal for: submitting assignments; for distributing handouts, and for communication between staff and students. Staff will only respond to MOODLE inquiries during University working hours.

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This is a 15 point paper. You should expect to spend an average of approximately 10 hours per week on this paper, including reading, class time, online work and completing the assignments. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
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