AZA2455 - Child and adult development - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Daniella Rafaely


Ms Daniella Rafaely

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


AZA1019 and AZA1020


AZA2015, AZA2490, AZA2495




The unit expands the study of topics in the field of child and adult development already encountered in the first year. It focuses on cognitive, social-emotional and physical changes in human development and how these are shaped by macrosystems such as culture, and microsystems such as peers and the family. The African cultural context will be emphasized. The laboratory programme complements the lectures, and provides further training in report writing, oral presentations and teamwork.


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

  1. Describe the different approaches to human development.
  2. Appraise the interplay between cultural, familial, local and distal factors in determining the course of development from birth to old age with particular reference to Africa.
  3. Discuss the key obstacles to optimal human development in South Africa.
  4. Write coherent reports.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Exam: 50%

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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