Discipline of Psychology

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Modules (Durban)

  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology A

    Aim

    A general introduction to the discipline: Part One

    Content

    A selection of topics from: Schools of thought in Psychology; Biological
    bases of behaviour; Cognition inter alia: perception; learning and
    memory; thinking and language; intelligence; psychological research;
    Organisational psychology.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (30L-10T-0P-0S-60H-56R-0F-0G-4A-13W-16C)

  • PSYC102 Introduction to Psychology B

    Aim

    A general introduction to the discipline: Part Two

    Content

    A selection of topics from: Human development; Personality theories;
    Social Psychology; Community Mental Health; Health, Risk and Coping;
    Psychopathology.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (30L-10T-0P-0S-60H-56R-0F-0G-4A-13W-16C)

  • PSYC201 Introduction to Research

    Aim

    To introduce students to basic principles of
    qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis for the social
    sciences.

    Content

    The module introduces students to
    perspectives in social science research including issues of research
    design, research ethics and quantitative and qualitative methods of
    analysis. The statistics component of the syllabus explores a variety of
    elementary graphical and mathematical statistical procedures,
    including, inter alia, frequency displays, measures of central tendency
    and variability, sampling distributions, two-group inferential tests and
    measures of association.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (15L-3T-25P-0S-62H-52R-0F-0G-3A-13W-16C)

  • PSYC202 Social Psychology

    Aim

    An introduction to social psychology, focusing on social and psychological aspects of inter-group relations.

    Content

    The course explores a variety of ways of understanding the relationship
    between psychology and social life. The various explanatory models are
    assessed in terms of their relative usefulness in helping us develop a
    truly social psychology – one that is able to link the understanding of
    individuals and groups to the social and cultural context in which they
    exist. These theoretical frameworks are discussed in relation to
    contemporary social issues.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (14L-0T-0P-0S-30H-24R-0F-0G-12A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC203 Developmental Psychology

    Aim

    To introduce learners to child and adult psychosocial
    development with the objective of acquiring a critical and informed
    knowledge base from which to apply child development themes, theories
    and methodologies within the South African context.

    Content

    An
    understanding of the processes of psychosocial changes over the life
    span especially during childhood and adolescence will be the major
    focus, enabling the learner to contextualise other studies of human
    behaviour within a developmental time frame. It draws on several
    theories of development to introduce learners to some of the conceptual
    and research issues within developmental psychology.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (20L-6T-0P-0S-30H-20R-0F-0G-4A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC207 Industrial Psychology 2A

    Aim

    To examine theories and research in the field of
    organisational theory in order for students to understand the structure,
    function and behaviour of individuals within organisations, and
    organisations in relation to their environment; 2. To examine theories
    of organisational behaviour in terms of the functioning and success of
    the individual, the group, and the organisation within the work
    environment.

    Content

    Organisational theory; 2. Individual, group and organisational processes.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules
    Prerequisite Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology A and B.

    (36L-20T-0P-0S-100H-0R-0F-0G-4A-13W-16C)

  • PSYC208 Industrial Psychology 2B

    Aim

    To introduce students to issues concerning
    interests, abilities, and personality in relation to career choice and
    adjustment. To also consider the influence of social forces, as well as
    individual work experience and psychological development throughout the
    life-span.; 2. To explore the various internal and external
    environmental forces that have an effect on the management of people in
    an organisation. The course will describe the major roles and functions
    of a human resource department.

    Content

    Work and careers; 2. Psychology at work.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules
    Prerequisite Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology A and B.

    (36L-20T-0P-0S-94H-0R-6F-0G-4A-13W-16C)

  • PSYC210 Neuropsychology & Cognition

    Aim

    To introduce learners to key concepts within neuropsychology and cognition.

    Content

    Attention
    and consciousness, perception, knowledge representation, memory,
    problem solving and creativity, theoretical perspectives on how the
    brain functions and selected neuropathological conditions.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (20L-6T-0P-0S-30H-20R-0F-0G-4A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC211 Health Psychology

    Aim

    To provide a critical understanding of the biopsychosocial model of health and illness.

    Content

    Understanding
    of health and illness from a biopsychosocial perspective; the role of
    psychology in understanding both the cause and treatment of illness, and
    in the promotion of optimal health.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (20L-6T-0P-0S-30H-20R-0F-0G-4A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC212 Psychology & Society: Understanding Violence

    Aim

    To provide an introduction to the problem of violence
    in South Africa, exploring the issue from a range of
    social-psychological perspectives.

    Content

    The course
    compares and contrasts various theoretical approaches to understanding
    violence, beginning with popular media accounts, continuing into
    traditional psychodynamic explanations, moving through social learning
    theories and traditional social psychology theories of intergroup
    conflict, and going on to present contemporary focus on violence against
    women and children in South Africa. The course does not simply present
    the range of theories, but provides a critical analysis of the
    implications of adopting each theoretical persepective, showing how our
    assumptions – about violence, individuals, and society – shape how we
    able to solve the problem of violence in contemporary South Africa.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (24L-0T-0P-0S-30H-22R-0F-0G-4A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC213 Psychology & Society: Violence in Context

    Aim

    To provide a more advanced exploration of the problem
    of violence, building on PSYC212 (Psychology & Society:
    Understanding Violence), but going in more depth on the social aspects
    of violence in South Africa.

    Content

    The course shows
    how an effective psychology of violence needs to intergrate a critical
    social analysis, including an exploration of social structures, cultures
    and historical forces. It contrasts the psychological notion of
    aggression with the idea of structural violence as an underlying social
    problem. It locates the current violence in the historical context of
    colonialism and Apartheid, and examines sources of social conflicts such
    as patriarchy, capitalism and racism, and show how these impact on
    individuals, especially young people growing up in contemporary South
    Africa. There is also a special focus on the ideas of Frantz Fanon.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules
    Prerequisite Prerequisite: The
    course may only be done by students who have completed PSYC212
    (Psychology & Society: Understanding Violence).
    Note This course may not be offered every year – check if available. Not offered in 2008.

    (24L-0T-0P-0S-30H-22R-0F-0G-4A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC217 Childhood and Adversity

    Aim

    Critical overview of frameworks for understanding
    childhood developmental processes. The focus is on the material and
    ideological context of growing up in South Africa.

    Content

    The
    module considers two contexts of adversity. viz. (i) child sexual
    abuse, including teenage pregnancy and (ii) HIV/AIDS. The impact of
    socio-cultural factors on our conceptualization of childhood is given
    prominence.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (20L-0T-0P-0S-35H-21R-0F-0G-4A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC301 Measurement, Experiment & Observation

    Aim

    To continue the study of basic principles of
    qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis for
    behavioural sciences.

    Content

    The principles of
    psychometrics; common South African tests; aspects of quantitative and
    qualitative research design & methodologies; statistical data
    analysis methods including, inter alia, contingency tables, non
    parametric statistics, parametric statistics and an introduction to the
    use of a statistical software package.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules
    Prerequisite Prerequisite: Psychology 201

    (15L-3T-25P-0S-62H-52R-0F-0G-3A-13W-16C)

  • PSYC302 Pyschology of Personality

    Aim

    This module aims to introduce students to issues,
    controversies and applications of the psychology of personality,
    focusing on psychoanalysis and other contemporary approaches to
    personality.

    Content

    The module will cover various
    theories and approaches to personality as well as critical issues and
    applications of personality theory.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (18L-0T-3P-0S-35H-21R-0F-0G-3A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC305 Cognitive Psychology

    Aim

    To give an overview of the fundamental theory,
    concepts and application of cognitive psychology.  To synthesise a broad
    range of topics.

    Content

    An introduction to
    cognitive psychology.  Theories of Cognition and Intelligence.  Core
    cognitive processes such as attention, mental imagery and
    consciousness.  Conscious vs unconscious perception and
    cognition.  Classical and contemporary theories of knowledge, and
    critical reasoning.  Motivation, with an emphasis on modern theories of
    action and decision-making.  Practical applications of cognitive
    psychology in sport psychology, psychotherapy, counselling.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (20L-6T-0P-0S-38H-10R-0F-0G-6A-6W-8C)

  • PSYC320 Learning for the Workplace

    Aim

    To introduce students to the field of Skills
    Development (incorporating Human Resources Development) in South Africa
    and to develop their knowledge and understanding of the changing
    legislative and institutional landscape of Skills Development in South
    Africa. To provide students with a critical assessment of the
    macro-factors impacting on Skills Development in South Africa and to
    assess the extent to which the Skills development strategy is meeting
    its stated objectives addressing the shortage of scarce and critical
    skills. To provide students with a critical understanding of the
    theoretical, individual and organizational factors that impact on Skills
    Development and in particular the training and development of people in
    the workplace. To provide students with the necessary practical and
    theoretical capacity to understand the training function of a large
    organization.

    Content

    Macro-perspective of Skills
    Development; Legislation, institutions and agencies of Skills
    Development in South Africa; Case study on learnerships; Learning
    theories – in particular cognitive, behavioural, humanist and integrated
    theories of learning and their implications for training; Adult
    learning; The training and development subsystem; Learning
    Organisations.

    Assessment  Cumulative (Formative) assessment (40%) Examination (Summative) Assessment (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology Rules

    (40L-10T-0P-0S-90H-16R-0F-0G-4A-6W-16C)

  • PSYC324 Youth Risk and Intervention

    Aim

    This module uses a critical approach to understanding
    youth (adolescent) risk and resilience, and to risk prevention
    interventions to promote healthy youth functioning in South African
    contexts.

    Content

    Foundational concepts from
    developmental, health and community psychologies are extended to explore
    implications of dominant western theories of adolescence for South
    African youth. These individual-based approaches emphasize youth
    vulnerability to negative influences, and their immaturity in dealing
    with expectations. This deficit model is set against a systems-based
    approach to youth embedded in networks of relations and social
    activities that serve as protective factors against risk.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules.

    (36L-6T-0P-0S-60H-54R-0F-0G-4A-6W-16C)

  • PSYC326 Labour Relationships:Context,Law and Practice

    Aim

    This module examines the labour relationship – the
    relationship between the work situation and workers – in specific
    historical, sociopolitical, legislative and economic contexts of South
    Africa.

    Content

    A contextual understanding of labour
    relations in South Africa explores various theories of conflict and
    power, which challenge conventional conceptualizations. These theories
    are applied to contemporary case-studies of conflict escalation, namely
    strike action and diversity in the workplace. Strategies of conflict
    management and intervention – mediation, facilitation and negotiation –
    are historically placed, and applied to current organizational
    practices.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules.

    (0L-0T-0P-0S-160H-0R-0F-0G-0A-0W-16C)

  • PSYC341 Psychopathology

    Aim

    This module forms a basic component of psychological
    teaching as it acquaints students with the major psychological disorders
    that are encountered in practice. It locates psychopathology within the
    broader social, cultural, political and economic context of South
    Africa and accordingly highlights alternate ways of viewing mental
    illness in addition to traditional theories of mental illness

    Content

    Introducton
    and overview of the various psychological disorders, theories regarding
    causation and controversies around diagnosis in non-western contexts.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination 60%
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (30L-12T-0P-0S-92H-20R-0F-0G-6A-6W-16C)

  • PSYC342 Counselling and Psychotheraphy

    Aim

    This module forms a vital component of Psychology as
    it acquaints students with basic theoretical knowledge and skills of
    counseling and psychotherapy. In addition it locates psychological
    theory and practice within the broader social, cultural, political and
    economic context of South Africa and thus aims to teach students to
    think critically about counselling practice issues.

    Content

    Introdcution
    to the process and skills of counselling as well as the theories of the
    major psychotherapies. The module engages with the controversies around
    and difficulties of using western theories in the South African context
    as well as some ethical issues related to the counselling situation.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination 60%.
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules

    (30L-12T-0P-0S-92H-20R-0F-0G-6A-6W-16C)

  • PSYC343 Community Psychology

    Aim

    To gain insight into the various theories, models and
    practice of community psychology and to explore some of the challenges
    of community psychology, especially within the South African context.

    Content

    The
    module will cover the historical development and various theories and
    approaches within community psychology. In addition, community-based
    interventions are critically explored.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%).
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules.

    (30L-12T-0P-0S-92H-20R-0F-0G-6A-6W-16C)

  • PSYC345 African Psychology

    Aim

    To introduce students to the study of the human spirit and human behavioural phenomena from an African perspective.

    Content

    The module highlights the inadequacies of Western Psychology as it relates
    to African people and how it lacks relevance to Third world issues
    because of its individualistic orientation. Western Psychology
    assumptions and theories are questioned and the spiritual, mental, and
    physical interconnectedness of African reality is emphasised. The
    development of the ‘African self’ and the role of community on
    development are also explored.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules
    Note Not offered in PMB in 2008

    (30L-12T-0P-0S-92H-20R-0F-0G-6A-6W-16C)

  • PSYC346 Culture and Cognition

    Aim

    This module aims to introduce students to the
    sociohistorical approach to cognition which links human cognition to the
    social and cultural world. The relevance of this way of conceptualizing
    cognition for the South African context will be explored.

    Content

    The primary theoretical framework for the module will be provided by
    Vygotskian theory and contemporary developments in theorizing cognition
    as sociohistorically constituted. The conventional dichotomization of
    biology (nature) and the ‘social’ (nurture) will be challenged, as will
    static formulations of cognition / intelligence and attempts to measure
    individual differences in the psychometric tradition.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules
    Note (Not offered in 2008)

    (30L-12T-0P-0S-92H-20R-0F-0G-6A-6W-16C)

  • PSYC348 Self and Society

    Aim

    This module aims to introduce students to theories
    that articulate the relation between self and society by challenging the
    conventional dichotomous conceptualizations of these realities. The
    framework adopted will be broadly interpretive as a contrast to the
    empiricist tradition of psychology and present a range of theories from
    the hermeneutic, narrative and discursive approaches to understanding
    personhood.

    Content

    Contemporary critiques of these
    approaches will draw primarily on neo-marxist frameworks that reassert
    the importance of material conditions, practice and embodiment in the
    making of subjectivity. Specific aspects of identity and subjectivity,
    e.g. race, sexuality, work, will also be explored.

    Assessment  Cumulative assessment (40%) Examination (60%)
    DP Requirements  As per School of Psychology rules.

    (30L-12T-0P-0S-92H-20R-0F-0G-6A-6W-16C)