Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Rika Swanzen


Section 170A of Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977, provides for the appointment of an intermediary for children in cases of sexual abuse for reasons of youthfulness or emotional vulnerability. In accordance with Government Notice No R.1374 issued 30 July 1993, a Child and Youth Care Worker with the relevant training and experience can be appointed as an intermediary. Since this is an avenue for specialisation, the student has the option to choose this unit to complete their CYD major. It will equip them for acting as an intermediary between the child and the court.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understanding the difficulties children experience in court settings and the effect their memory and suggestibility has on the outcome;
  2. Using communication in court with regard to semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and question confusion;
  3. Ability to conduct impact assessments with reference to PTSD and traumagenics;
  4. Facilitating gradual disclosure and management of the 'child abuse accommodation syndrome';
  5. Establishing competency of and understanding of the truth by the child witness;
  6. Demonstrate insight into the judicial process;
  7. Competency in classifying the child sex offender.


Tutorial Contribution: 10%;
Major essay (1,800 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Total assessment to be equal to 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1- hour lectures per week
One 1- hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study