PSYCH202-18B (TGA)

Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Psychology


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Paper Description

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This paper draws on critical and ecological approaches to examine social psychological knowledge and its contribution to understanding the challenges and impacts of poverty, inequality, discrimination, privilege and power across diverse Aotearoa.
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Paper Structure

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Lecture Timetable: Tuesday 1.10pm-3pm, room, LG.01 (HAM); Tauranga videolink, room TGA.A.03.

Tutorial times: See schedule of weekly tutorial times.

Moodle Participation
Online Moodle mastery tests - 10 tests in total, but only the top 8 scores will count towards overall assessment.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Learn the role culture and ethnicity play in understanding behaviour and how psychological knowledge is constructed and applied in Aotearoa New Zealand
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  • Develop students’ critical analysis of a Western based psychological discipline relative to Aotearoa New Zealand
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  • Critically reflect on their experiences with people or person(s) from some other cultural group different to their own
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  • Consider minority group perspectives of Aotearoa New Zealand and how this might influence their practice as Psychologists
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  • Develop their qualitative research knowledge and skills
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To pass this course, students MUST sit the external examination, and obtain a total mark of 50% or more. Students who fail to sit the final examination will receive an IC grade. No extensions will be given for tutorial tests missed.

External Assessment = Exam: 33%

The final exam is compulsory. It will take place in the examination period at the end of B Semester. The Assessment Office of the
University will publish the date of the exam later in B Semester. The makeup of the examination will be clarified in the latter part of the
course. All lecture materials, handouts and readings will be considered for examination.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 33% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 33% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Mastery tests
2.  Reflective Essay
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Exam
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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Furness, J., & Rua, M. (2018). PSYCH202-18B Readings in Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing. The University of Waikato: School of
Psychology. (Available from Campus Copy).
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Online Support

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The web site for this course is From here, simply log on using your username and password for access to PSYCH202 online forum.

Lecture Notes
Lecturers will endeavour to have their lecture notes available via Moodle shortly before the start of the lecture, or after the lecture is
presented. These will be located in the “Lecture Notes” folder. Lecture notes are not a comprehensive record of the lecture as the
lecture notes often consist of just a few key words, phrases or images. The lecture notes we supply are not intended as a substitute for
the notes that you should be taking during lectures, and you are strongly advised to further supplement your lecture notes with notes
that you take from the prescribed readings.

This course makes use of the online teaching forum called ‘Moodle’ @
In the Moodle forum you will find: course notices, a forum where you can ask staff questions, download lecture notes and handouts,
links to online surveys and mastery tests and other resources, and submit your essay.

Other information of importance to all students can be accessed via Moodle and Psych Café (under forms and guides).
- Request for Extensions form,
- Kaupapa Maori in Psychology Policy
- General guide for psychology students.

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This is a 15 point paper. The amount of work expected of a typical student in this paper is approximately 150 hours in total or 10 hours per week, including class contact time. 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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Linkages to Other Papers

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PSYCH202 Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing is a prerequisite paper for PSYC301: Community, Culture and Diversity: Applied
Social Psychology. This paper connects well with the following courses:


PSYCH101 Social Psychology, Health and Well-being
PSYCH307 Research Methods
PSYCH301 Community, Culture and Diversity: Applied Social Psychology


PSYC518 Family Violence: Research and Interventions
PSYC575 Indigenous Psychology
PSYC583 Foundations of Community Psychology
PSYC582 Community Health Psychology

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Prerequisite papers: PSYCH101 (or equivalent) or permission of the convenor.




Restricted papers: PSYC228

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