Waitoki, W., Masters-Awatere, B., Nikora, L. W., Rua, M., & Te Awekotuku, N. (2015). Putting it in there: ‘PSYC575 Indigenous Psychologies’ as a for-credit university paper in New Zealand. Presented at the 50 years of APS Annual Conferences; Golden Jubilee: Celebrating the past, looking toward to the future, September 29-October 2, 2015, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
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Over the past 30 years, scholar advocates have sparked the emergence of indigenous psychology as an important contribution to understanding the experiences and challenges faced by indigenous peoples. Part of this exercise is to also bring indigenous knowledges to the learning table as critical information for meaning making and resolving psychological challenges. Increasingly, academics are writing and teaching papers in the fledgling field as important and legitimate contributions for undergraduate and graduate degree credit. Previously, students and academics were confined to the more flexible research driven, directed-learning, study options rather than papers explicitly advertised and institutionally promoted. In this paper, we discuss how we are going about writing the curricula for a graduate level paper called "Indigenous Psychologies" to be offered in 2016 at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. We discuss a) principles that guide curricula decision-making; b) the programme of lecture topics developed; and c) finding and developing supporting resources. We welcome conversation and resource sharing.
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