units

AZA3770

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rika Swanzen

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

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.

Assessment

Tutorial Contribution (900 words): 20%
Major essay (1,350 words): 30%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour lectures per week
One 2-hour tutorial every second week

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

Prerequisites

First year sequence in Child and Youth Development

Prohibitions

ATS3770