Topic 1: What to expect
In order to pursue psychology at a university, it must be taken as a major as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree. You would therefore do psychology courses alongside one other major as well as other electives. At an institution that exclusively offers psychology-related qualifications, you will generally only pursue psychology courses.
In general terms, the following topics form the foundation of a psychology qualification.
- Psychology, mental health and people in a social context, including personality and developmental paradigms for understanding individual and group behaviour.
- Psychological challenges and models for understanding behaviour and intervention.
- Diversity and cross-cultural dynamics in the South African context.
- Ethics in psychology.
You will also develop:
- Counselling and interpersonal communication skills, including referral and management strategies.
- Skills to design, implement, monitor and evaluate psycho-educational programmes with a focus on training individuals, families and communities to develop strong, collaborative and supportive partnerships within community contexts.
- Practical work integrated learning experience.
- Skills to conceptualise, plan, analyse and interpret report research.
All institutions have different terminology for their courses, Here is a list of the sort of courses you would do:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Applied Cognitive Science
- Research Psychology
- Critical Psychology
- Research in Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Abnormal Psychology
- Social and Developmental Psychology
Overall, psychology courses quite a heavy coursework load, and you will be required to retain a lot of information in terms of psychological concepts and complex medical and anatomical terminology, to name a few. Many institutions also require that students do statistics courses, as certain aspects of psychology can be quite statistics-intensive.