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; and  
  5. Critically analyse issues and problems related to dimensions of human diversity applying the matric of power.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Seminar presentation in small groups (20minutes) and submission of powerpoint. 25%
Report Case study report (1500 words) 25%
Assignment Toolkit to promote social and cultural justice (3000 words) 50%

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