School of Applied Human Sciences

Degrees Offered

Social Work

The Social Work programme leads to registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions as a professional social worker.

Child Protection in Emergencies

Child protection in emergencies is a distinct but integral part of the broader child protection sector. The Post graduate Diploma in Child Protection in Emergencies was developed through close collaboration and support from international agencies such as Unicef, Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), and various relevant practitioner partners. Like health, education and other social welfare responses, child protection in emergencies is a sector with professional standards, ethics and practices developed from many years of practice and informed by many disciplines, such as international law, psychology, child development, gender studies, anthropology, sociology, international relations and political studies. The diploma aims to introduce students to the humanitarian sector, as well as enhance knowledge and skills for those already working in the sector.

The diploma is an 18 month part-time programme which utilizes distance learning methodology. The programme is credit-based (128 credits in total). All modules are compulsory.

ModuleFormCredits
Principles in Child Protection in EmergenciesDistance16
Theoretical Foundations in CPiEResidential32
Research Methods in CPiEDistance16
Project Planning in CPiEDistance16
Management and Coordination in CPiEDistance16
Service Placement in CPiEPlacement32

Child Care and Protection

HUM-MSW2 MCHPR

Admission to the programme shall on the basis of selection by staff teaching in the programme. Student numbers may be limited in accordance with the capacity available in a particular semester.

Prospective students must hold a four-year University degree (or separate degrees requiring a total of at least four years of University study). Such degree/s shall include at least eight semester modules (or their equivalent as decided by the selectors) in Law and/or Social Work and/or Psychology and/or Criminology and/or Police Science and/or any other modules regarded by the selectors as sufficiently relevant.

Details regarding the degree structure and modules offered can be found in the College of Law and Management Studies handbook.


 

Master of Social Science: Social Work

Admission to Masters Level is conditional upon the completion of a four-year Bachelors degree in Social Work to a standard acceptable to the Dean and Head of School.

The qualification is offered in two ways:

  • Coursework Masters (Not offered in 2018)

Masters by Research

Masters by Research: Full Time

  • SOWK8FM Dissertation: Social Work (192C)
  • SOWK8FR Dissertation: Social Work Subsequent Years (192C)

Masters by Research: Part Time

  • SOWK8MD Dissertation: Social Work (192C)
  • SOWK8MS Dissertation: Social Work Subsequent Years (192C)

Psychology

The Psychology programme offers general and structured (that is, focused) degree programmes, some of which lead to a specialisation in Counselling, Educational, Clinical or Research Psychology.

The Psychology Honours degree is an academically based degree which equips students with theoretical and research knowledge and competencies that are valued in a variety of contexts. It aims to deepen students’ theoretical knowledge in psychology in order to prepare them for further postgraduate study and professional registration, or for specialised work contexts.

Applicants should have majored in the required number of undergraduate psychology modules. The number of places available limits acceptance, hence selection is primarily on merit of performance in the undergraduate psychology programme.

Core Modules

  • PSYC701 Research Fundamentals (32C)
  • PSYC7RP Research Project: Psychology (32C)
  • PSYC733 Advanced Topics in African Psychology (16C)

Students are required to take an additional 48cps of electives from the list below. Module offerings will vary from year to year, and between campuses. Please check with the Applied Human Sciences Postgraduate office for details of the current year’s offerings.

Electives

  • PSYC703 Counselling and Therapeutics (16C)
  • PSYC704 Psychological Assessment (16C)
  • PSYC705 Neuropsychology (16C)
  • PSYC706 Psychopathology (16C)
  • PSYC707 Conceptual Foundations (16C)
  • PSYC708 Psychology of Diversity (16C)
  • PSYC711 Identities and Work (16C)
  • PSYC716 Special Topics in Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC717 Organizational Studies (16C)
  • PSYC721 Psychology and Health Promotion (16C)
  • PSYC722 Gender and Sexuality (16C)
  • PSYC723 Theory of Applied Psychology (32C)
  • PSYC727 Community Psychology and Service Learning (16C)
  • PSYC728 Industrial Psychology in Context (16C)
  • PSYC734 African Feminism, Womanism and Nego-feminism (16C) PSYC735 Social Psychology (16C)

Students may take other 16 credit-point modules from other disciplines/schools as approved by discipline Academic Leader.

Masters by Coursework

Clinical Psychology (Howard College & Pietermaritzburg)

Core Modules

  • PSYC806 Psychological Interventions: African and Global Approaches (16C)
  • PSYC807 Theory & Practice of Clinical Psychology (32C)
  • PSYC808 Psychology of Personality & Abnormal Behaviour (16C)
  • PSYC809 Assessment in Psychological Practice (16C)
  • PSYC810 Community Interventions in Professional Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC814 Research methods in Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC8CL Short Dissertation: Clinical Psychology (96C)
Counselling Psychology (Howard College & Pietermaritzburg)

Core Modules

  • PSYC806 Psychological Interventions: African and Global Approaches (16C)
  • PSYC808 Psychology of Personality & Abnormal Behaviour (16C)
  • PSYC809 Assessment in Psychological Practice (16C)
  • PSYC810 Community Interventions in Professional Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC818 Theory & Practice of Counselling Psychology (32C)
  • PSYC814 Research methods in Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC8CO Short Dissertation: Counselling Psychology (96C)
Educational Psychology (Pietermaritzburg)

Core Modules

  • PSYC806 Psychological Interventions: African and Global Approaches (16C)
  • PSYC808 Psychology of Personality & Abnormal Behaviour (16C)
  • PSYC809 Assessment in Psychological Practice (16C)
  • PSYC810 Community Interventions in Professional Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC819 Theory & Practice of Educational Psychology (32C)
  • PSYC814 Research methods in Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC8ED Short Dissertation: Educational Psychology (96C)
Health Promotion (Howard College)

Core Modules

  • PSYC813 Planning and Evaluation of HP Interventions (32C)
  • PSYC815 Health Promotion Practice (32C)
  • PSYC858 The Person is the Professional (16C)
  • PSYC814 Research Methods in Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC8SD Short Dissertation: Psychology (96C)
Health Research Ethics (Pietermaritzburg)

Core Modules

  • PSYC827 Introduction to Bioethics (16C)
  • PSYC828 Institutionalising Ethical Review of Health Research (16C)
  • PSYC831 Critical Issues in Informed Consent (16C)
  • PSYC834 Research Ethics: African and Indigenous Perspectives (16C)
  • PSYC8RD Research Dissertation (64C)
  • PSYC8RS Research Dissertation Subsequent year (64C)

Plus a selection of four electives from the list below to make up 192 credits

  • PSYC826 Evaluating Research Designs (16C)
  • PSYC829 Introduction to Human Rights for Health Researchers (16P)
  • PSYC830 Introduction to Health Law and Health Research (16P)
  • PSYC832 Behaviour and Research (16C)
  • PSYC833 Responsible Conduct of Research and Research Integrity (16C)
  • PSYC835 Ethical Issues in Women’s Health Research (16C)
  • PSYC836 Ethical Issues in Community-Based Research (16C)
  • PSYC837 Ethical Issues in International Collaborative Health Research (16C)
  • PSYC838 Ethical Issues in HIV Vaccine Trials (16C)
  • PSYC839 Children and Health Research (16C)
  • PSYC841 Religion and Ethics in Health Research (16C)

Industrial Psychology (Howard College) Core Modules

  • PSYC857 Workplace Well-being
  • PSYC861 Conflict Resolution (16C)
  • PSYC863 Individual Counselling Intervention (16C)
  • PSYC867 Human and Organisational Development (16C)
  • PSYC870 Psychological Assessment (Industrial) (16C)
  • PSYC814 Research Methods in Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC8SD Short Dissertation: Industrial Psychology (96C)
Research Psychology (Pietermaritzburg)

Core Modules

  • PSYC8CD Coursework Dissertation: Psychology (128C)
  • PSYC821 Community Project (16C)

Electives

Choose 3 from the following:

  • PSYC822 Quantitative Research for Research Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC823 Qualitative Research for Psychology (16C)
  • PSYC824 Applied research: programme monitoring & evaluation (16C)
  • PSYC825 Participatory research and human action (16C)

Masters by Research Full Time

  • PSYC8FM Dissertation: Psychology (192C)
  • PSYC8CY Dissertation: Psychology Sub Yrs (192C)

Part Time

  • PSYC8MD Dissertation: Psychology (192C)
  • PSYC8MS Dissertation: Psychology Sub Yrs (192C

Centre for Communication, Media and Society

The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) is the premier African graduate research centre specializing in public health and development communication, political economy and history of media and in cultural tourism studies.

This graduate programme offers students the opportunity to gain highly marketable research and practical skills while also allowing them to focus their work in a number of specialised areas. Emphasis will be on media sociology and development.

Semester 1

  • CCMS733 Media Theory (16C)
  • CCMS736 Cultural Studies in Practice (16C)
  • CCMS732 South African Mediascapes (16C)
  • CCMC734  Social Change and Health Communication (16C)

Semester 2

  • CCMS735 Media in the Global World (16C)
  • CCMS770 Special Topics: Culture/Communication/Media (Compulsory) (32C)
  • CCMS731 Research Methodology for Media and Cultural Studies (compulsory) (16C)

Students may substitute up to 32 credits from cognate programmes.

Geography

(Geography) [Offered only on Pietermaritzburg]

Entrance requirements: B Soc Sci (GEM), B Soc Sci (Geography), or other relevant qualification.

Rules of Combination

Core [64cr]

  • GEOG700 (16C) Concepts and methods in Geography GEOG730 (48C) Geographical Sciences Research Project

Electives [64cr]

  • From appropriate Level 7 modules in CAES or CHUM subject to permission being granted by relevant discipline and approval Academic Leader: Geography

This graduate programme offers interdisciplinary Honours, Masters and PhD degrees. It offers students the opportunity to gain highly marketable research and practical skills while also allowing them to focus their work in a number of specialised areas.

Emphases will be on media sociology, cultural studies, and communication for development and health promotion.

Masters by Research: Full Time

  • CCMS8FM Dissertation: CCMS (192C)
  • CCMS8CY Dissertation: CCMS Subsequent Years (192C)

Masters by Research: Part Time

  • CCMS8MD Dissertation: CCMS (192C)
  • CCMS8MS Dissertation: CCMS Subsequent Years (192C)

Criminology and Forensic Studies

The Criminology and Forensic Studies programme offers undergraduate and postgraduate training with a strong emphasis in Victimology.

This programme engages critically with justice, crime and victimisation on the African continent, celebrating judicial pluralism and the promotion of social justice in order to address the injustices of the past and to advance nation building in South Africa and her broader communities.

Core Modules Year Modules

  • CFSD7RP Research Paper: Criminology and Forensic Studies (32C)

Semester 1

  • CFSD701 Theoretical Perspectives in Criminology & Criminal Justice (16C)
  • CFSD702 Applied Research Methodology in Criminological Sciences (16C)

Semester 2

  • CFSD703 Victim Studies
  • CFSD704 Applied Forensic Criminology

Students are required to complete 128 credits in terms of the rules for the degree of Bachelor of Social Science (Honours). At least 32 MUST comprise the Research Paper (CRIM7RZ); and 96 MUST be from within the School of Applied Human Sciences. A maximum of 32 credits may be obtained from outside the School, with the permission of the Academic Leader of the Cluster.

This programme engages critically with justice, crime and victimisation on the African continent, celebrating judicial pluralism and the promotion of social justice in order to address the injustices of the past and to advance nation building in South Africa and her broader communities.

Masters and PhD study in Criminology are offered as research degrees with the outcome of a substantive thesis or dissertation. The final product should consist of original research material and should be considered publishable.

Masters by Research: Full Time

  • CFSD8FM Dissertation: Criminology (192C)
  • CFSD8CY Dissertation: Criminology Subsequent Years (192C)

Masters by Research: Part Time

  • CFSD8MD Dissertation: Criminology (192C)
  • CFSD8MS Dissertation: Criminology Subsequent Years (192C)