Cultural awareness and sensitivity: foundational experiences in a Level 1 Psychology course

Goh, Yong and Jeffries, Carla and du Preez, J. (2019) Cultural awareness and sensitivity: foundational experiences in a Level 1 Psychology course. In: 2019 Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference (AusPLaT 2019) , 13-15 Sept 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

USQ students enrolled in the Psychology undergraduate program take a Level 1 course entitled 'Cross-cultural and Indigenous Psychology' which addresses the intercultural communication competency. Its major assignment entails a guided reflection exercise, based on an interaction the student had in one of the on-line discussion forums. Students are to report their cognitions and emotions, and to link their responses to an implicit cultural theory and an actual construct covered in the course (e.g., stereotyping). Providing opportunities to engage in practical experiences are complicated by the fact that USQ attracts a significant enrolment in the external mode, whereby students complete all elements of the course on-line. The proposed project is designed to prepare students for the major assignment and highlight opportunities to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity. Two videos are used as stimulus material (i.e. an exchange between acquaintances in South Korea, and how fresh seafood can be served in a Japanese restaurant). Students are to record their immediate thoughts and corresponding emotions, and trace back to a point in their early life where these thoughts and/or emotions were first generated. Discussion points to help student better understand Korean food sharing tradition (video 1) and Japanese tradition of eating raw fish (video 2) are included which highlight differences between Collectivistic/Individualistic cultures; and behaviours/practices associated with specific social-political-geographic-economiccultural factors. Through this experiential learning and discussions, students noted an enriched and more holistic appreciation of culture and their cultural identify which help them approach other cultures with greater confidence and humility.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 05:34
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychology students; undergraduate
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37406

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