PSY219 Psychology International Experience (8)

This subject has two main aims. The first is to increase the cultural awareness and sensitivity of students and to make them better global citizens. The second and more specific aim is to increase awareness of the impact of socio-cultural context on human behaviour and specifically its relationship to issues such as psychological development, interpersonal relationships and mental health. The major component of the subject is an overseas visit, organised through CSUGlobal, during which students may engage in activities such as visiting relevant local institutions, e.g. a psychiatric hospital, an orphanage etc, attending lectures by local academics, interacting with local people and learning about the local culture. Prior to the visit, students will be required to read, reflect on and discuss relevant papers relating to cross cultural psychology.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY219. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in a course offered by the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Science and normally should have completed first year. The number of places available in this subject is limited. A competitive selection process will be used to allocate these places.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of PSY101 and PSY102

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the socio-cultural context in shaping human behaviour;
  • be able to demonstrate well-developed cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills;
  • be able to communicate their insight into their own attitudes and behaviour; and
  • be able to present a clear and independent exposition of the importance of global knowledge and cultural understanding in their chosen profession.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Prior to the international visit:

  • Cross-cultural psychology with particular relevance to the country being visited.
  • History, geography and cultural traditions of the country being visited.

During visit

  • Nature of psychology in the country
  • Application of psychology in the country, e.g. treatment of mental illness, application to education etc
  • Psychological research being undertaken in the country
  • History and culture of the country.

Special Resources

This subject requires students to undertake a short visit to an overseas country that is organised through CSUGlobal. The cost associated with travel and accommodation for the Subject Coordinator will need to met by the School. Students will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.