PSYCH302-23B (HAM)

Community, Culture and Diversity

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
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School of Psychology

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: em.pooley@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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This paper introduces the different perspectives, values and actions encompassed within community psychology. The central objective of community psychology is to work collaboratively towards improving people's everyday lives and the flourishing of communities. Community psychologists often learn from, and work in partnership with, marginalised people. Core values are understanding social issues from an interconnected ecological perspective, respecting diversity, and advancing societal changes. Such values reflect the view that the causes of, and solutions to, psychological issues are not solely located at the individual level, but also require broader approaches. Community psychology is applied and interdisciplinary, with links to aligned fields such as indigenous and Kaupapa Māori psychologies, education, sociology and social policy.

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How this paper will be taught

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This paper is taught through lectures, laboratories and a Moodle page. Where possible, most lectures are presented F2F at the Hamilton campus. There is also a live Zoom link to the Tauranga campus (and for students located elsewhere). Most lectures will also be available afterwards as Panopto recordings. Changes to the lecture schedule will be notified on Moodle. All laboratories are delivered online using Zoom. Labs will not be recorded since this reduces discussion. Signing up to the Zoom lab times can be done via the Moodle page once the trimester starts. To offer more lab time options, students can attend any HAM and TGA lab times regardless of where they are enrolled. Labs are not compulsory, but labs are the best place for students to develop their understandings of the paper content and the assessments. The PSYCH302 staff have limited time to help students one-on-one or outside of lecture or lab times. When completing the Community Psychology Essay, all students are encouraged to access individually-tailored support from the friendly staff at the Library and the Student Learning Service, since this can improve the learning experience and grades. Students are advised to keep up with classes, reading and assessments, and to set themselves reminders for assessment closing dates since there are no extensions for the smaller assessments, such as the 8 Moodle Quizzes and 6 Lab Exercise Questions.

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Required Readings

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

Reading the textbook is important for completing the PSYCH302 assessments. Please note that students need the 3rd edition published in 2020. The earlier editions (2005 & 2010) are different. The 2020 edition may be a useful book to own for those wanting a career in the community sector. The Library has a hard-copy (on desk reserve), and an ebook (which only two users can access at a time). The first 2 chapters are also available through the PSYCH302 Moodle page.

The UoW Campus Bookshop sells hard-copies with an estimated price of around $112. Phone: 07-856-6813, Email:waikato@campusbooks.nz, Website:https://www.campusbooks.nz/, Store Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am-4.30pm. Books can be couriered to the Tauranga campus or delivered to an address. If you decide to purchase a hard-copy from websites (e.g. AllTextBooks, Fishpond, Zookal etc.) be aware that there can be delivery delays and that importing the book may incur a GST charge. The same textbook has been used since 2021, so there may be some 2nd hand copies for sale. The e-book can be purchased from selected websites.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 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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  • Identify and understand the main concepts, values, principles and strategies in Community Psychology
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  • Learn to critically analyse a range of intervention and prevention strategies
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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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, or if other provision has been made under the Assessment Regulations. Students cannot apply for extensions or re-sits for the short Moodle quizzes or Lab Exercises. This course has a Final Exam, which is compulsory to pass the paper.

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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. Moodle Quizzes
Sum of Best ( 6 )
23 Jul 2023
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Laboratories & Lab Exercise Questions
Sum of Best ( 5 )
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Community Psychology Essay
15 Sep 2023
5:00 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Compulsory Exam
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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