PSYCH202-21B (TGA)

Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing

15 Points

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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.

Lecturers contributing to this course are: Dr Jane Furness, Dr Ottilie Stolte, Dr Jaimie Veale, and Dr Apo Aporosa from the University of Waikato. Guest lecturers include Professor Darrin Hodgetts (Societal Psychologist, Massey University), Dr Neville Robertson (Community Psychologist) and Dr Ingrid Huygens (Community Psychologist / Treaty of Waitangi practitioner).

Please note that Dr Mohi Rua is on study leave in Trimester B and will not be available for consultation concerning this course.

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Paper Structure

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This course is made up of twelve 2-hour lectures, one 1-2 hour lab per week, weekly set readings, weekly online mastery quizzes, a reflective essay and an exam.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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 obtain a total mark of 50% or more.
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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
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2.  Reflective Essay
23 Aug 2021
9:00 AM
  • 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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Not applicable. See Reading List in Moodle for articles and chapters related to each lecture.
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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 materials
The lecture slides and any other materials for each week's lecture will be posted into Moodle in the "Lecture Slides” folder. You are strongly advised to further supplement lecture materials with your own notes and notes that you take from the prescribed readings. Lectures will usually be recorded and be available on panopto for reviewing. However this is not a flexipaper. You are expected to come to lectures (as well as tutorials) where you will get the most benefit from active participation.

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, downloadable lecture materials, links to mastery tests and other resources, and the submission box for your essay.

Other information of importance to all students can be accessed via Moodle and Psych Café (under forms and guides) e.g.
- 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 PSYCH301: 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

HMDEV Perspectives on Counselling


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

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Restricted papers: PSYC228

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