This unit will explore conceptual, theoretical and methodological matters that are raised in terms of the colonising impacts of traditional models of knowledge and practice in psychology and community psychology as well as the potential for psychosocial transformation. The unit will specifically explore dimensions of human diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, culture, and how these are linked with oppression and privilege.  Attention will be given to the work that advocates for a 'decolonising' psychology in order to examine the tensions, challenges and potentials for working across cultural boundaries to promote social justice and wellbeing.

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APM6010 - Foundations of Community Psychology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on their social identities and practices and how these may influence interpersonal encounters;  
  2. Discriminate between key concepts such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, culture, and how these are linked with oppression and privilege;  
  3. Analyse systems of oppression and their impacts on health and wellbeing of individuals and groups;  
  4. Advocate for methods and practices that challenge oppression and promote social justice;  
  5. Develop and deliver a mini workshop on a topic dealing dimensions of human diversity.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Literature review (2000 words) 25%
Assignment Mini workshop plan (1500 words) 25%
Assignment Reflection and Toolkit for promoting social and cultural justice (3000 words) 50%

Required reading

The Psychology of Liberation: Theory, Research and Applications
Montero, M., & C. C. Sonn (Eds) (2009).
New York: Springer.

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