Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology
(one year full-time; two years part-time; 130-132 credits)
- A candidate must have complied with all the requirements of an appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent, before the beginning of the academic year for which he/she has been selected
- Third year in Psychology must have been passed with a minimum of 70%
- As per the RPL Policy, no more than 10% of applicants who do not have the necessary 70% grade for third year in Psychology (or equivalent) can be admitted into the programme, if they have obtained work or life experience which qualifies them to be admitted as post-graduate students. Those applicants who have a 65-69% Psychology III (3) average will need to complete and submit a written academic assignment as part of their application to be considered for acceptance to the programme.
- Two references are required from professionals to whom the candidate is not related. At least one must be from a Psychology professional e.g. Psychology Faculty, Psychologist, Registered Counsellor or Social worker.
- A candidate must complete the Psychology Honours Personal Statement Form.
By the end of this programme, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of psychological theory and biological influences on behaviour
- Demonstrate systematic thinking about selection of techniques for various research scenarios
- Develop comprehension of the theoretical traditions within qualitative research
- Demonstrate the ability to execute the techniques of analysis covered in the programme
- Explain and assess how developmental, cultural, socioeconomic, and gender factors affect the clinical diagnosis and conceptualisation of psychopathology
- Develop conceptual and procedural knowledge of the descriptive nosological system that is codified in the DSM-V
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of ethics in psychology
- Develop an understanding of the history of community psychology and apply perspectives within a South African context
- Address psychosocial challenges affecting South African communities
- Apply critical thinking skills in the assessment and resolution of community mental health needs
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of therapeutic modalities
- Demonstrate critical thinking about the applicability of western models to the multicultural South African context
- Engage critically in current debates on the use of different interventions, modalities and theoretical perspectives in psychology
- Work effectively with other professionals in a team setting.
Module descriptions and credits
For a description of each module, see ‘Module descriptions’ towards the end of this document.