What is Indigenous Psychology?
In answering this question, Center for Indigenous and Cultural Psychology (CICP) Faculty of Psychology Universitas Gadjah Mada held a graduate course in Indigenous Psychology. This Course is a series of International Conference of Indigenous & Cultural psychology that lasted for five days (19 to 23 July 2010) in room A 203 in Psychology Faculty of UGM. Prof. Uichol Kim, Ph.D was the single speaker in this course. He was whom contributed a great deal of indigenous and cultural psychology and has published more than 200 articles and 15 books. He also pioneered the Asian Journal of Social Psychology. The purpose of this course was to introduce basic concepts, theories, and methods in indigenous psychology.
Until this second day, at least 29 participants actively participated in each session. They come from Indonesia, the Netherlands, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The participants received matters from Prof. Uichol Kim in small classes. The matters were delivered in several of interesting methods, that is not only using the conservative learning method, but also involving participants in discussions about films that were relevant to Indigenous & Cultural Psychology. The course did not stop there, on Thursday July 22 2010, participants were directly involved in the interaction and observation of the cultural phenomena in Bawuran-Bantul area. It will enrich and sharpen the understanding of the participants about the basic concepts, theories and methods in indigenous psychology.