UNISA Short Course in Victim Empowerment and Support

UNISA Short Course in Victim Empowerment and Support

Short Course in Victim Empowerment and Support (75809)Purpose

Students who complete this short course will be able to disseminate correct and relevant information on victim empowerment and support within their own work environment and the community. They will be able tofacilitate the breakdown of negative attitudes, stereotypes and misconceptions about victims of crime and violence. They will be able to empower and support victims in their work environment and their community by being able to apply basic counselling skills and conduct individual and group trauma debriefing sessions. The qualifying student will be able to develop or facilitate the development of victim support centre or services or other empowerment programmes. The student will be able to identify and use local, national and international resources and referral systems and coordinate the functions of different stakeholders as well as evaluate the effectiveness of victim empowerment and support services.

Target group

Criminal justice officials, mental health workers, lay counsellors, human resource practitioners and mental health professionals (e.g. psychologists/social workers).In short, this course is for people who desire the knowledge, skills and attitude to contribute to crime- and violence prevention.
 Admission requirements

Students must demonstrate proficiencies at a NQF level 4 in the following: communicative competence in the medium of instruction at NQF level 4 or equivalent; the ability to learn from predominantly written material in English; the ability to present and communicate information and opinions in English in well structured arguments with limited support from lecturers; and mathematical literacy at NQF level 4 or equivalent
 Duration

Module 1: Three months’ distance learning
Module 2: Four-day workshop
 Language medium

English

Registration periods

Semester dates
 Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning combined with a compulsory, experiential workshop of four days in the middle of the three-month period. Learning material consists of a study guide, tutorial letters, assignments and resource file.
 Kind of assessment

Note:
Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Two assignments
Summative assessment:
Students must achieve a minimum overall of 50% for the two assignments combined
 Victim Empowerment and Support (VCEM018)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Concepts and perspectives of crime and violence including epidemiology and demography, prevalence, treatment and prevention
  • Principles of the Criminal Justice System
  • The basic theoretical principles of the models of victim empowerment
  • The nature of negative attitudes, stereotypes and misconceptions about victims in the criminal justice system
  • Planning of intervention strategies to assist victims of crime and violence
  • Skills of counselling and debriefing techniques
  • Facilitating the development of victim support centres, services and other empowerment programmes
  • Methods of networking and coordinating the functions of different service providers
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of victim empowerment and support services

Course leader

Prof J A Nel
UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology
Office 5-154, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
 
 Programme administrator(s)

Ms T Mapokgole
UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology
Office 5-152, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 8544 / 3951
Fax: 012 429 5368 / 086 554 5909
E-mail: ucap@unisa.ac.za


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.