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ZUG2053 - Psychology and Society

Undergraduate – Unit

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Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2020 (Day)

15 Credits


This module builds upon the social psychology concepts acquired in Fundamentals of Psychology 1A and 1B and extends them further to explore the influences of psychological science in society.

The principal aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of psychology in society. The module explains the contexts and scope of psychology within South Africa, the African continent and internationally. It addresses the pivotal role of psychology in today’s society and addresses issues intrinsically embedded in the social dynamics and community interrelations in the lives of individuals and groups from various backgrounds.


  • Give a critical exposition of social psychology concepts and theories.
  • Analyse the processes through which people relate to one another in intimate relationships and larger groups.
  • Critically discuss the role that psychology plays in the South African society as well as internationally.
  • Conceptualise issues related to attitudes, stress and coping, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
  • Describe and critique the different models of intervention used in the various communities.
  • Identify the historical forces that shaped the contributions of psychology to community growth and development.
  • Evaluate the role of research in response to social and community needs.
  • Describe the dynamics underlying problem behaviour and social change.
  • Write advanced psychology reports and essays on topics exploring the multifaceted influences of psychology in society.


Within semester/Formative assessment: 50%
Examination/Summative assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module 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.