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Community and Health Psychology - PYC4811

Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: HMPYC80
Purpose: This course deals with ways in which psychologists can intervene at the level of the community as a whole rather than at the level of the individual or the family. The course combines a critical theoretical introduction to key concepts such as participation and powerment with a strong emphasis on the acquisition of analytic skills. Drawing on the expertise of academics and community workers from the Psychology Departments community projects, the course covers both traditional community psychology strategies and techniques (such as needs assessment and action research) and newer techniques (such as risk factor identification) drawn from the public health domain. Thus students who have successfully completed the course will be equipped to provide skilled professional input to organisations dealing with community issues in, amongst others, education, health and public safety.