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Short Course
Social and Health Issues in Education
Social and Health education is fundamental to the primary mission of a school. It contributes directly to a learner’s ability to successfully practice choices and behaviour that protect and promote health. Learners need to be exposed to different choices and behaviour to avoid inappropriate social and health choices. These varieties revolve around alcohol and drug uses; sexual behaviour which include abstinence, prevention of pregnancy, violence, abuse and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

Purpose of the course:

• Equip educators with the necessary knowledge, skills and values in order to enable them to accommodate and support learners experiencing social and health issues in different education settings and levels; and to • Provide the necessary support required by these learners to access the curriculum.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Practicing Teachers
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Practicing Teachers

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrate understanding of socio-economic barriers to learning, such as health problems, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, violence in schools, etc.;
  • Initiate and apply a health promoting approach in school and class context to support learners experiencing barriers to learning;
  • Realise the role of the educator, the school, the family, and the community in supporting learners experiencing these and other barriers to learning.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the concepts of health promotion in schools; and
  • Identify the key components of the health promoting school.


Formative and summative assessment
Method of assessment: 
Continuous self-assessment: • Every study unit has self-assessment activities or questions to test your knowledge. Informal assessments: • During the contact sessions the facilitator will guide the student on the preliminary work done on the assignment. Formal assessment: • An assignment of 100 marks that must be submitted according to the date published in the information booklet. • An examination of two hours and 100 marks after completion of the module.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
It is directed at practicing educators.
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018 285 2821