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AZA2455

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitSouth Africa School of Social Sciences
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Mzamo Ntantiso

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

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.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 50%
Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Prerequisites

Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.

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