Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) | Basic Level

Philosophy I

Worldviews and Critical Thinking (12 credits)

This module provides a general introduction to worldviews, paying particular attention to Western philosophy, its influence on theology and the shaping of our world. Within the framework of worldview, students acquire critical thinking skills in order to become critical readers, recognizing the importance of social, political, ideological and theological location. Key focus areas include the evaluation of others’ arguments, developing thesis statements and arguments, developing reasoning skills and practicing research-based academic writing while exploring the theoretical underpinnings of worldview.

Ethics (12 credits)

The Ethics module is designed to help the student build a Christian world and life view. Students are exposed to ethical theories that enable them to reflect on ways in which to respond to current moral, intellectual and social questions. With a theoretical foundation in place, students explore the application and implication of a Christian ethical system for Christian Ministry, Psychology, and Community Development.

Psychology I

Developmental Psychology I (12 credits)

This module provides an overview of the major theories of Developmental Psychology. It aims to help the student understand the models of human development from conception to, late adulthood and death and dying. This modules addresses contemporary concerns in life-span development, and enhances the awareness of methodological approaches by which human development is investigated.

Introduction to Psychology (12 credits)

A survey of persons, ideas, and principles in the scientific studies of human behaviour is given. The historical development and current status of psychology and investigative activities and significant findings are reviewed. The module identifies and explains factors of personality, together with patterns of abnormal behaviour. The module also examines the interface between sociology and social psychology.

Counselling I

Counselling and Life Skills (12 credits)

In this module the student is introduced to counselling methodologies and techniques for individual counselling and life skills training. This module explores how to design life skills programmes and how to facilitate training groups. This is an important module in helping the student to be better equipped in basic counselling skills and life skills facilitation.

Family and Development (12 credits)

This module will survey the themes of marriage development and family issues. The student will be introduced to the dynamics of change within marriage and the family as part of a developmental psychology framework.

Leadership Studies I

Cross-Cultural Communication and Education (12 credits)

This is a foundational course in communication and education introducing the study of the communication process in cross-cultural contexts. The dynamics of interpersonal, intercultural, group and mass communication will be studied, focussing on communication in teaching and learning. This includes the study of public speaking, audience analysis, listening and conflict management.

Leadership Studies I (6 credits)

The purpose of this module is to provide a biblically and theoretically grounded overview of leadership. It addresses the following aspects of leadership: character formation, leadership styles/models, leadership theory, and personal development.

Bible and Economics (6 credits)

This module introduces the student to the importance and value of reading the Bible with contextual sensitivity to the socio-economic realities of both the ancient and contemporary worlds. It does so by paying attention to the world behind and of the biblical text and to the contemporary world in front of the text. The module is designed to engage students in critical reflection on the role and implications of the bible for economic theory and practise by drawing attention to the intersection of religion/theology and economic systems. It therefore pays particular attention to the ways in which the Christian tradition has been used both to underwrite and undermine systems of economic oppression and wrestles with how best to allow the biblical text to inform our understanding about the purpose of economics in a biblically and theologically integrated way.

English I

Introduction to Literary Studies (12 credits)

This module introduces students to key concepts and terminology in literary studies and examines various approaches to the subject. The module explores the relationship between text and context using representative texts from different literary genres and diverse historical contexts. Students will develop their critical thinking and writing skills by engaging analytically with the literature studied.

Academic and Creative Writing (12 credits)

Academic Writing is designed to help students develop academic writing skills as preparation for further writing successes in varsity and the student’s chosen career. The module will focus on analysing one’s audience, developing thesis statements and arguments, and developing a variety of rhetorical skills.
Creative Writing is designed to introduce students to creative writing skills in a variety of literary genre, including poetry, fiction and blogs. The module includes instruction in literary techniques and conventions and exposure to exemplary texts by selected authors. Students will learn to give and receive constructive feedback through peer and lecturer evaluation of short creative writing texts.

Religious Studies I

Biblical Studies I A (12 credits)

The first half of this module is designed to introduce the student to the nature, purpose and interpretative process related to the Scriptures. Attention is given to the historical backdrop of the Old and New Testaments, and to the development of the biblical canon (Jewish, Protestant and Catholic). Tracing the narrative trajectory of the Bible, this module is designed to equip students with a basic skill set necessary for the artful and faithful interpretation of the biblical text both within the church and public space.

In the second part of this module focus is given to tracing the scope of the Old Testament, as a shared testimony, concerning its central character, Yahweh. The module follows the ordering of the Hebrew Bible, with particular attention given to the Torah and Early Prophets. Attention is given to historical background, interpretive issues related to literary genre, and to the theological frame and narrative integrity of the Old Testament.

Biblical Studies I B (12 credits)

The first half of this module follows the trajectory set in Biblical Studies I and traces out the meaning and theological significance of the remaining books of the Old Testament. Here particular attention is given to Israel’s counter-testimony as recounted in the Latter Prophets and the Writings. Together with Biblical Studies I, this part of biblical Studies II sets the scene for the study of the New Testament covered in the second half of this module.

In the second half of this module,students are introduced to the scope of the New Testament, as the testimony of the early Church, concerning the crucified and resurrected Jesus. The module follows the canonical order of the New Testament. Attention is given to historical background, interpretive issues related to literary genre, and to the theology and narrative integrity of the New Testament.

TESOL I (Campus only)

1A. TESOL Introduction (12 credits)

This is designed as a stand-alone module as well as an introduction to the TESOL specialisation within the BA and BTh. It also serves as an introduction to teaching additional languages other than English. Students are introduced to the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as grammar and vocabulary systems. Method, language learning theory, classroom dynamics and learner needs are explored. Trainees learn to plan, execute and evaluate a short lesson. Students will be required to spend 10 hours observing in a language classroom.

1B. TESOL Methodology (12 credits)

Language teaching methods as they have developed in the 20th and 21st centuries will be presented and evaluated. Students will develop their own eclectic teaching philosophy. Learner needs will be examined with particular reference to the South African and African contexts. Prescribed books and other teaching tools will be introduced. Students will produce and evaluate their own materials. Students will learn how to apply their understanding of methodology, learner needs and teaching tools, to plan and execute lessons that meet learner needs. Students will spend seven days in a language classroom observing and teaching under supervision.

Sociology I

Introduction to Sociology (12 credits)

The module introduces students to sociological interpretation and its linkages with other knowledge sources on society and social reality. It provides an overview of what sociologists study, the methods they use, the different ways of thinking (paradigms) within sociology as well as the key terminology (concepts) that serve as analytical tools to tackle the more challenging issues in society.

Diversity Studies (12 credits)

This module explores the ways identity shapes and is shaped by diversity in terms of culture, and gender, and the effects of diverse understandings of identity on groups, communities and social relations. A fundamental objective of the module will be to identify ways to promote mutual understanding, tolerance and cooperation among communities.

Science I (additional extra subject for those who want to eventually go into teaching)

Human Biology I A (12 credits)

This module is intended to help students gain a basic understanding of scientific approach, thought and method as it applies to Human Biology and an appreciation for the design evident in the structure and function of the human body. Sections covered include levels of structure, homeostasis, chemistry and the human body, cells, membrane transport and tissues, the nervous system, and the endocrine system.

Human Biology I B (12 credits)

This module is intended to extend the student’s knowledge of the structure and function of the human body gained in Human Biology 1A by studying further systems of the body – Blood and the Lymphatic System; the Cardiovascular System; the Respiratory System and Digestion and Nutrition. The module ends with a multi-week study of the topic of Creation and Evolution. Students will be exposed to various Christian views on origins and will have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their own view.

Information Skills

Research and Study Skills (Cognician) (4 credits)

This module enables a student to develop their critical thinking ability in order to source and evaluate academic material. Students will understand plagiarism and referencing and learn to write and reference a structured academic paper. This is primarily facilitated through an online programme called Cognician.

Computer Skills (4 credits)

Through doing this module students will learn to use a computer for emails, internet, word processing, spreadsheet development and electronic presentation suites. This will enable students to access the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) known as Funda, which is used by Cornerstone for communication with lecturers and administrative purposes, as well as research and submission of assignments.

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