Honours Programme Coordinator : Dr Anthea Lesch
Programme in Psychology 18414 - 778
The Honours programme in Psychology is a one-year full-time programme and is presented in English. It is a full-time academic programme which may lead to further postgraduate studies in Psychology, both in South Africa and internationally. The programme cannot be completed on a part-time basis and does not lead to registration as a Counsellor or Psychometrist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
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For admission into the
Honours programme in Psychology a Bachelor’s degree, with a major in Psychology
which was passed with at least 65%, is required. A higher performance cut-off
for Psychology 3 may be set in a given year, depending on the number and
achievement level of applicants. Admission into the programme is dependent upon
selection based on academic achievement.
Closing Date for Applications
- South African Students:
- International students:
|The programme focuses on
advanced knowledge of human behaviour, intrapsychic as well as interpersonal,
normal as well as abnormal, individually as well as in group contexts. It also
encompasses the application of such knowledge in the multi-cultural South
African society, particularly with regard to the understanding of specific
psychosocial problems and the development of intervention and preventative
strategies. In addition, the programme also focuses on the development of
critical-analytical and problem-solving thinking skills, as well as
social-scientific research knowledge and skills.|
Based on the credit values of modules (indicated in brackets after each
module) a selection of modules is made to a minimum of 120 credits for the
programme. The module in Research Methodology as well as the Research Assignment
are compulsory for all students.
The modules offered in a given year may differ from modules offered during previous years. In order to obtain the degree, a student must obtain a minimum of 120 credits
Psychotherapy (13) (1st Semester)|
Theory and practice of different
psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic therapies, person-centered
therapy, existential therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy; research in
psychotherapy; psychotherapy in the South African context.
Psychopathology (13) (2nd Semester)|
Assessment of psychopathology and
culture-bound syndromes; diagnostic formulations according to the DSM-IV
classification system; description of the nature, aetiology and maintenance of
psychopathology from different theoretical perspectives; a South African
perspective of abnormal behaviour and mental health.
Psychometry (13) (2nd Semester)|
Psychometric properties of psychological
tests; cultural variables and psychological measurement; different types of
tests and their application; ethical principles for the construction and
application of psychological tests.
Methodology (25) (1st & 2nd Semester)
Quantitative methods (including
naturalistic observation, case-study research, survey research, correlational
and differential research, field research, research designs); qualitative
methods (including phenomenology, ethnography, action research, interviewing,
focus groups, observation, quality control); data-analysis (including
statistical models, data exploration, non-parametric methods, multiple
regression analysis, ANOVA, MANOVA, factor analysis).
Psychology (13) (2nd Semester)
Existing approaches in social psychology
and its relevance in understanding current social issues in South Africa;
racism, violence, poverty, consumerism, nationalism and globalization, cultural
and political identity, crowds and collective action.
|712 Career Psychology (13) (1st
Theories of vocational psychology, including those of Super,
Holland and Gottfredson; application of these theories in vocational psychology
and on aspects of human resources management such as recruitment, selection and
placement; career choice and development in the South African world of work.
Community Psychology (13) (1st Semester)|
Historical context and
development of community psychology; theoretical models and core values
underpinning community psychology; psychosocial problems in the South African
context; needs assessment; planning, implementing and assessing community
Child Psychology (13) (1st Semester)|
Development and problems of normal
children in normal families; children within the context of all the social
systems in which they function; psychopathology, assessment and interventions
741 Psychology, Health
and Disability (13)
This module will introduce students to key debates, theories and methods in conremporary health psychology. We will focus on their application to understanding, researching and designing interventions to address health problems that affect individuals, groups and communities in South Africa.
Compulsory research assignment (30) (1st & 2nd Semester)|
assignment, based on independent research, under supervision.
Modules are assessed by
means of practicums, written assignments and written evaluations in June and
November. A minimum of 50% is required as pass mark for every
Direct 2021 Application enquiries to : firstname.lastname@example.org (Miss Gaynohl Andrews)
Programme co-ordinator: Dr Anthea Lesch