Discipline of Psychology

About

About

The Discipline of Psychology was formed in 1999 through the amalgamation of the Departments of Psychology and Educational Psychology and the Child and Family Centre.

There are 18 full-time and approximately 25 part-time members of the academic staff and four permanent administrative staff. Fifteen undergraduate courses are offered, for which we have more than 2000 registrations per annum. There are several postgraduate options, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Honours in Psychology and professional Masters courses in Clinical, Counseling, Educational and Research Psychology. At any one time we have more than 10 Doctoral and 60 Masters students registered in the school.

The Discipline of Psychology has a vigorous and varied research programme and a good publication and grants record. Several members of staff serve on international and national professional and scientific bodies.

The Discipline’s consultation and community development activities are partly conducted through Child and Family Centre. Community and consultation services are offered by the staff and postgraduate students under formal supervision. 

History

Psychology has been taught at the University of Natal since its inception in Pietermaritzburg in 1910. At that time, Psychology, together with Ethics, Logic and Politics, was taught by the Department of Philosophy. A separate Department of Psychology was established in 1937 and in that year both Psychology and Industrial Psychology were offered as majors. Both theoretical and applied courses in Psychology were taught, with the main areas of application being education, industry, health and mental health.

Mission

The Discipline of Psychology endorses and practices the University’s express commitment to non-racism and non-sexism. We value the diversity of background and perspective among both our staff and students and endeavour to achieve equality of opportunity in all our activities. The School tries to nurture and develop staff and students through a number of mechanisms, including the promotion of staff-student collaboration at various levels. We strive for personal and communal development in the School through an atmosphere of mutual trust, communication and respect. We encourage excellence, at the local, national and international levels, in all academic outcomes, including teaching and training, research, community development and administration. On the 1st January 2004, the Universities of Natal and Durban-Westville merged to form the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the three former Departments and Schools of Psychology now form a single multi-campus School.