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PSYC13018 - Cross-Cultural Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit looks at the development of cross-cultural psychology as a distinctive area of psychology and at recent attempts to devise theories that reflect the cultural, as well as social and developmental, bases of behaviour. The unit also deals with a range of research methodologies that may be used by cross-cultural psychologists. Because the interests of cross-cultural psychologists are wide-ranging across the larger discipline, the unit will deal selectively with topics such as culture and cognition, culture and learning, culture and language, cross-cultural studies of personality, work, social behaviour and psychopathology to illustrate how cultural factors may influence human behaviour. It is a requirement of enrolment in the unit that students have access to the Internet.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Minimum of 30 credit points in Level 2 Psych units for CU77, 24 credit points for CA10, CQ27 & CF59.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 1 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 10%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Self Reflection
Recommended greater use of video materials & interaction among the students.
Action Taken
Source: Course evaluation & Self reflection
Recommends a change in the textbook. Its good to have a textbook which explain the cultural context of Australia than U.S.
Action Taken
Source: Peer Review feedback
Moodle site
It will be good to introduce video conferencing and online interactive live discussion forums with students ( like a virtual class-room) This can lead to more participatory learning.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
Complaints focused that on campus lectures had discussions in between the lectures regarding the subject matter. Requests were made to the lecturer so that the discussions can be held after the lecture. Lecturer feels that there can't be lectures delivered to the students for two continuous hours without much interaction or discussion from students. But taking into account of the students requests, the lectures can be recorded separately and uploaded in course website than enabling the recordings of live lectures.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. have a clearer awareness of the effects of culture on human behaviour and an increased appreciation for cultural diversity
  2. understand fundamental concepts of and theoretical approaches to cross-cultural studies
  3. acquire a knowledge of the major research findings of studies of culture and psychology
  4. become familiar with the main cross-cultural research methods
  5. enhance the ability to identify and recognize basic issues in cross-cultural psychology research

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination