AZA4445 - Social issues in psychology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Dr Maboe Mokgobi

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit aims to increase students understanding of the issues of poverty, racism, sexism, violence and HIV/AIDS among others and psychology's role in their amelioration. Through student presentations and class discussion, students will be introduced to a number of current topics, contrasting theories and the contributions of psychology in Southern Africa, historically and currently.


On completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain contemporary research and theories applied to social issues in psychology.
  2. Critically appraise current literature and theories in social issues in psychology.
  3. Discuss the value of informed group discussion in evaluating psychological research.
  4. Describe the historical role of psychology in Southern Africa.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Exam: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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