Faculty of Arts


Indigenous Psychologies


The past 30 years has seen the emergence of indigenous psychology as a response to gaining a better understanding of the experiences and challenges that indigenous peoples face. Indigenous psychologies draws strongly on indigenous knowledges to provide critical context to better understand the way that individuals and communities make meaning and to respond to a broad range of psychological challenges.

At the completion of this course students should be able to

  1. Understand the significance of the concept of indigenous psychology
  2. Understand the historical and socio-economic circumstances indigenous peoples face and the emergence and development of indigenous psychologies
  3. Understand different models of indigenous psychological practice
  4. Understand liberation practices; social justice, decolonisation and indigeneity and how these concepts apply to helping practice, social intervention and policy analysis
  5. Demonstrate critical strategies to recover/reclaim and support indigenous values, practices and structures in the learning, healing and decolonisation processes of individuals, whānau, communities and nations
  6. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate indigenous concepts and values into their research and practice
  7. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the importance and effectiveness of particular indigenous theories and to apply at least one area of theory to a case study

This course is suited to anyone who intends to work in a range of settings including applied, community or policy settings with indigenous peoples including Māori. Development of a critical analysis through in-class discussion and activity forms the foundation of the teaching method.

Availability 2021

Semester 2


Lecturer(s)  Linda Nikora


INDIGEN 712: 30.0 points

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