Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr M Ntantiso


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.


Lecture topic quizzes: 10%
Class participation assignments: 10%
Critical thinking exercises: 30%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours lecture contact for 12 weeks
2 hours tutorials contact for 10 weeks
8 hours for private study, including reading of prescribed and recommended literature, review of and familiarisation with a wider range of publications on the core content topics of the unit, work on assignments, preparation for class discussions and presentations.

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