Individual and socio-pathology

Vongai Mangwiro

Course description




The course is offered to provide a basic understanding of an individual and society basic social pathogens .The course fits well as social workers deal individuals who have problems emanating from them and from society. This is meant for Honours Degree in social work students will benefit as they will get to understand the social, psychological, biological and economical problems affecting individuals and society.

Qualifications and Goals



The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of pathological problems affecting humanity and how these can be dealt with.

Course Objectives:

  1. To equip the students with basic theories of personality and consider their implications for maladaptive behavior.
  2. To examine selected types of maladaptive behaviours and their relevance to Zimbabwe.

To consider western and traditional theories of treatment of maladaptive behavior and their relevance to Zimbabwe

Course content



Course Content

1.Theories of Personality

Psychoanalytic theory

Learning and behavior theories

Humanistic and existential Theories


2.Maladaptive Behavior

Models of maladaptive behavior

Classification of maladaptive behavior

3.    Forms of Disorders



Psychological disorders/ psychosomatic conditions

Anxiety disorder( post –traumatic disorders, phobias)

Substance abuse

4.Approaches to therapy

Psychoanalytic therapy

Behavior therapies

Humanistic and client -Centered therapies

5.   Mental Health Statutes and Policies in Zimbabwe

      a. Relevant legislation

1. Mental Health Act 1996

2. Traditional Medical Practitioners Act

3. Zimbabwe National Mental Health Policy: Ministry of Health & Child Welfare

      b. The role of a social work in the management of persons with maladaptive behavior.

Teaching-training activities


Methods /Strategies of Teaching

  • Lecturers
  • Seminars
  • Visiting speakers
  • Handouts
  • Assignment

Human and Physical Resources







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Binder, V. et al                       (1976)  Modern Therapies, Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall,


Bourdillion, M                        (1982)  The Shona People,  Gweru Mambo Press


Chavunduka, G.                      (1978)  Traditional Healers and the Shona Patient.

                                                             Gweru Mambo Press


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Eysenck, H.J.                          1961)   Handbook of Abnormal Psychology. Routeledge

Kegan Paul, London


Gelfand, M                             (1973)  The Genuine Shona, Gweru, Mambo Press


Gelfand, M, Mavi, S, et al      1985)   The Traditional Medical Practitioner in

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Gelfand, M.                            1959)   The Shona Ritual. Cape Town,Juta & Co. 


Hall, B.S. and Lindsay, G      (1970)  Theories of Personality New York, John

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Shona Patient


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Methods of evaluation




Students write one essay and an in-class test during the course of the semester. The two assignments will form part of the course work for Individual and Social Pathology. Essay must be handed in on or before the date indicated unless arrangements have been made with the lecturers before the due dates. The length of essays should be 1000-1200 words.


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