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PSYC12-225: Cross-Cultural Psychology January 2021 [Standard]

General information

The general objective of this course is to help students to understand how cultural factors shape and affect human behaviour. This course covers broad spectrum cross-cultural issues. Topics such as sex and the culture; who am I in this world; aggression and warfare; health, stress and coping across culture will be included. At the end of the course, students will have a better appreciation of cultural groups and learn how to consider issues of culture in the interpretation of personal experiences and in the application of cultural diversity issues to various setting. Multimedia will be used in both lectures and tutorials and experiential learning approach will be adopted in this course.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC12-225
Subject title:Cross-Cultural Psychology
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - No Description


Prescribed resources:
  • David Matsumoto,Linda Juang (2016). Culture and Psychology. 5th Edition, Cengage Learning , 544.
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Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accreditation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.

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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in a cross-cultural psychology research.
  2. Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of Psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach.
  3. Apply knowledge and skills of Psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
  4. Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of Psychology and communicate these in written format.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in Psychology.
  6. Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in Psychology.
  7. Cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Oral Pitch Seminar Presentation: This will involve a PowerPoint presentation pertaining to a topic within cross-cultural psychology. 20% Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Essay Literature Review, APA 7th style: Students will conduct and write up a literature review relevant to material covered in cross-cultural psychology. Further details will be provided in class 30% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Take-home Examination Take-home examination 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This lecture covers core definitions and issues within cross-cultural psychology: epistemology (systems of knowledge), approaches to understanding cultural similarities and differences, and theoretical approaches to cross-cultural psychology.

In the first half of the lecture, we further explore the methodologies used in cross-cultural research, with a focus on their strengths and weaknesses. In the second half of the lecture, we discuss some of the scientific and research design principles that cross-cultural research needs to consider.

How do we learn about the culture or cultures we inhabit? In this lecture, we discuss the process of enculturation – how we learn and internalize culture.

In this lecture, we discuss the cultural similarities and differences in human development: which developmental trajectories are universal, which are culture-specific, and what does this tell us about how we grow up?

How does culture influence your sense of self? In this lecture, we discuss how culture can shape our sense of identity, and self-concept.

Personality can be thought of as a set of enduring traits, characteristics, and attitudes. But do these qualities differ cross-culturally, and how can we conceptualize personality in a cross-cultural context?

In this lecture, we examine cultural differences in the conceptualization and experience of emotions and the extent to which these varying experiences can be explained by contemporary models of emotion.

In this lecture, we examine how culture can influence our sensory experiences, our susceptibility to perceptual illusions, our sense of reality, and our understanding of intelligence.

This lecture focuses on an Indigenous Australian perspective of psychology. Particular attention is given the historical involvement – or lack of – by Psychologists, and incremental changes in clinical and professional practice involving Indigenous Australians.

What is the relationship between culture and language? What is the impact of growing up in a monolingual cultural context versus a bilingual cultural context? How do we understand others, and avoid cross-cultural misunderstandings of verbal, written, and physical language?

This lecture examines how people from different cultures develop attitudes and opinions of one another – what attributes do they value, do these differ between cultures, and who is held responsible for transgressions?

This lecture explores how different cultures conceptualize psychological disorders. Is depression experienced the same across the world, or are there fundamental differences in how people with depression feel? We also discuss alternative approaches to psychotherapy in different cultures: how and why might there be cross-cultural differences in how psychological disorders are treated?

Approved on: Nov 5, 2020. Edition: 2.1