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 Disability and Transition in the Global South seminar

In keeping with our aim to position Psychology as applicable, relevant and accessible, the Psychology Department recently hosted an inaugural public lecture and seminar on disability.
 
The inaugural Psychology Seminar, aptly titled “Disability and Transition in the Gobal South”, from 4th-5th September 2017, aimed at deepening understandings of disability and transition in this local context and focused on questions of accessibility, resiliency and capacity-building. The gathering also enabled networking and a resource database for attendees. 
 
Furthermore, attendees were given the unique opportunity to consult with conference presenters during the second day of the gathering, on a one-on one basis. The speaker line-up boasted keynote speakers Prof. Tom Shakespeare(University of East Anglia) and Prof. Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University).

 

 

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The Department of Psychology is the largest in the Faculty of Humanities and draws students from several other faculties.

While most students studying psychology are registered for degrees in the Humanities, a sizeable number are registered in the Management and Education Faculties, in addition to the Faculties of Law and Health Science.

The primary purpose of a qualification in Psychology is to provide students with a broad-based and cohesive knowledge of the discipline which, itself, serves as a foundation for several other disciplines taught at the tertiary level.

Holding a degree in psychology equips the graduate with a range of analytical, interpretive and integrative skills that not only have a practical value for society as a whole but, moreover, are necessary and required competencies in a range of employment contexts.

Whilst the Department offers different degree programmes at the undergraduate level, it also offers a comprehensive broad-based Honours degree as well as two coursework degrees at the Master’s level. These latter coursework and mini-dissertation programmes lead to registration as either a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

In addition to the coursework post-graduate programmes, the Department also offers Masters’ and Doctoral degrees on the basis of the candidate producing a high-calibre research project.

 

Vision Statement

The Department of Psychology strives for excellence in teaching, research, professional training and community engagement, both nationally and internationally within its location in the Faculty of Humanities, the University of Johannesburg and the broader African urban context.

We aim to achieve this by: 

  • Offering students an outstanding education in the discipline and profession of psychology that prepares them to deal with challenges and opportunities at all levels of society as well as on the personal, interpersonal and psychological levels of existence; 
  • Facilitating the development of a management structure within the Department that is characterized by democracy, transparency, respect and accountability; 
  • Encouraging members of staff in their career development through the mobilization of resources, providing a supportive infrastructure to promote high-quality, peer-reviewed research and its publication, as well as supporting staff to attend relevant academic conferences and workshops;
  • Developing a culture of first-rate scholarship and learning for both staff and students and the establishment of excellent teaching practice and productive student-staff relationships; 
  • Positioning the Department as a member of a world class African University within a world class city that seeks to support staff and students to engage with local communities through research, teaching, skills development and various programme implementation activities; 
  • Positioning the Department as a non-discriminatory organization that attracts top quality staff and students; 
  • Undertaking to increase the national and international reputation of the Department and the University by collaborating with international academics and professionals in teaching and research;
  • Pursuing appropriate policies that promote the development of a Department that seeks to maintain a social, ethical and political responsibility towards the growth of the discipline of Psychology.