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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Maria Damianova


The unit aims to increase students' understanding of the various psychological theories that inform the practice of psychology and the modalities of psychotherapeutic intervention. Through student presentation and class discussion, students will be introduced to a number of current topics, contrasting counselling theories and their relevant evidence base.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain contemporary research, theoretical and applied issues in counselling psychology.
  2. Critically examine current counselling literature.
  3. Appraise the role of culture in the expression of psychological discomfort.
  4. Evaluate psychological interventions by means of informed group discussions.


Presentation on a selected topic: 20%
Assignment (Analysis of a case study illustrating the application of a particular counselling intervention approach): 20% +
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 contact hours (face-to-face teaching)
10 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.

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


Students must have completed successfully a Bachelor degree with Psychology Major, and have achieved an average grade of minimum of 70% in core psychology units at the third year level.


AZA440, AZA4420, AZA4445, AZA4480