PSYCH302-21A (HAM)

Community, Culture and Diversity

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Psychology

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: donna.walsh@waikato.ac.nz

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)

Librarian(s)

: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Community psychologists draw on a diverse set of research areas, theoretical stances and holistic understandings for researching and addressing social and community issues. In this paper students will explore different approaches and actions encompassed within community psychology, and in related fields such as indigenous, clinical and applied social psychologies. Community psychologists often learn from and work in partnership with people from other disciplines, fields and backgrounds. The central objective of community psychology is to work collaboratively towards improving people's everyday lives and the flourishing of communities. Core values are understanding social issues from an interconnected ecological perspective, respecting diversity, and advancing societal changes whilst supporting people with personal change. Such values reflect the view that the causes of and solutions to psychological issues are not solely located at the individual level, but require a broader approach.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures, laboratories and a dedicated Moodle page. What is outlined here is an initial plan for delivery, and in the first week students will be asked for feedback on delivery modes. The course will need to balance the needs of students enrolled in Hamilton, Tauranga and online. For the initial plan, I am proposing that where possible, most (but not all) lectures will be presented face-to-face at the Hamilton campus and video-conferenced live to the Tauranga campus. All of these lectures will also be recorded using Panopto. There will be a few guest lectures that will be pre-recorded, but this will be communicated clearly at the first lecture and via the Moodle page. All laboratories will be delivered via Zoom, which means that students can attend any of the lab times available (rather than there being separate Hamilton, Tauranga or online labs). Signing up to the laboratory times can be done via the Moodle page once the trimester starts. If there is another COVID-19 lockdown, alternatives to the face-to-face lectures will be provided, but this will be communicated clearly to students via Moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Identify and understand the main concepts, values, principles and strategies in Community Psychology
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  • Be able to apply Community Psychology to a range of contemporary social and community issues
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  • Develop an understanding of the relevance of Community Psychology for the bicultural relationships and responsibilities in Aotearoa
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  • Extend beyond overly individualised and deficit-orientated explanations of social and community issues
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  • Learn to critically analyse a range of intervention and prevention strategies
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Assessment

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TO PASS THIS COURSE STUDENTS MUST… Obtain a total pass mark for all assessment of 50% or more. The due date for the Essay will be varied only if an extension is given in writing by the convenor or the teaching assistant for the paper, or if other provision has been made under the Assessment Regulations. Students cannot apply for extensions or re-sits for the online tests.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online tests
Sum of All
21 Mar 2021
No set time
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Community Psychology Essay: Word Limit 1,500
14 May 2021
5:00 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Final Assessment
30
  • 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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The required text is below.

Riemer, M., Reich, S.M., Evans, S.D., Nelson, G. & Prilleltensky, I. (2020). Community Psychology: In pursuit of liberation and well-being (3rd edition). Red Globe Press - Macmillan.

Please note that students need to read the 3rd edition published in 2020. The earlier editions (2005 & 2010) are quite different. A lot has changed in the world, and a younger team of authors have led the writing of the 3rd edition. This new edition is a useful book to own for those wanting a career in the community sector. It will be difficult to complete this course without accessing this required book.

There is currently one hardcopy at the library (which will be on desk reserve). The library has a restricted budget, but may purchase one more hardcopy. If the library obtains an ebook, it unfortunately may only be able to be used by one user at a time. The first 2 chapters of the textbook are available via the Reading List link on the Moodle page. The Hamilton campus bookshop price for a hardcopy is $112.95. Email: waikato@campusbooks.nz Phone - (07) 856 6813, Store Hours: Monday to Friday – 8.30am to 5pm. Books can be couriered to the Tauranga campus.

If you decide to purchase from websites such as AllTextBooks, Fishpond, Book Depository, Zookal etc... be aware that there can be delivery delays, so it is good to order early. Further, importing the book may lead to an additional GST charge.

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Recommended Readings

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Occasionally, contributing staff may recommend additional resources which will be made available to you via MOODLE.
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Online Support

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The paper has a MOODLE site. Replies to MOODLE postings may not be immediate since the Teaching Assistant (and other staff) also have other responsibilities.
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Workload

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In a 15 point undergraduate paper there is a total of 150 hours for the whole trimester. This means that the workload is at least 10 hrs per week, including class contact time. These figures are approximations as students vary in the amount of effort required and the grades they wish to achieve.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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PSYCH302 is linked to the following papers: PSYCH202, PSYCH511, PSYCH513, PSYC583, PSYCH575 and HMDEV340. This paper may also have connections with papers in disciplines such as Human Development and Counselling, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Social Policy, Education, Human Geography, Public Health, Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Political Science.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: PSYCH202 or PSYC228 or equivalent

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PSYC301, PSYC310

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