Psychology and African Culture Summer School






Lying at the intersection of many other disciplines, from linguistics to philosophy, studying psychology allows students to develop many different skills and modes of thought. Frequently studied psychological questions include ‘How do we perceive the world around us?’, ‘Is there a link between genius and madness?’, ‘Why do we conform to societies norms?’, ‘What is emotion?’ At Kyambogo University the emphasis is on scientific rigor, and evidence based discussion, teaching students to think critically and analytically, and question the information presented to them.

Psychology is the subject for students with natural curiosity, who question the world around them and are interested in covering a diverse range of disciplines, while upholding the principles of scientific analysis.

Course outline:

PSYC-1 Introduction to psychology

An introduction to the sciences of mind including foundational concepts from neuroscience,evolution,genetics,philosophy and experimental methods and specific topics such as perception,memory,reasoning and decision making,consciousness,child development,psychopathology,personality,language,emotion and social relations.

PSYC-2 Introduction to Uganda’s history, languages and cultures through social engagement

image2The history of Uganda comprises the history of the territorial lands of present-day Uganda in East Africa and the peoples inhabiting therein.For example A chronology of key events: 1500 - Bito dynasties of Buganda, Bunyoro and Ankole founded by Nilotic-speaking immigrants from present-day southeastern Sudan,1700 - Buganda begins to expand at the expense of Bunyoro,1800 - Buganda controls territory bordering Lake Victoria from the Victoria Nile to the Kagera river,1840s - Muslim traders from the Indian Ocean coast exchange firearms, cloth and beads for the ivory and slaves of Buganda.1862 - British explorer John Hanning Speke becomes the first European to visit Buganda among others and history of cultures and languages will be looked at indepth





PSYC-3 Understanding street life in Africa


The course aims at introducing students to understanding street life as the study of the nature, behavior and cognitive processes of street children and factors that contribute to street children psychological problems so that students appreciate and provide expert support.image4

Presentations will be made; in class and field visits of where these street children are found in Kisenyi and other parts of Kampala.



PSYC-4 Refugee psychology


Uganda may be best place in the world to be a refugee. But that could change without more money. KAMPALA, Uganda — every day for nearly a year, an average of about 2,000 refugees have entered Uganda from South Sudan. Most of them are women and children who have spent several days traveling by foot, fleeing a civil war and famine that has devastated the world’s youngest country. Some saw their families killed and their homes burned to the ground.Luckily, their new home may be the best place on the planet to be a refugee.

Instead of being locked in crowded camps surrounded by barbed wire, the 1.2 million refugees in Uganda are given large plots of land in sprawling settlements to build homes or, if they like, small farms. If agrarian life isn't for them, they can move freely around the country, traveling to towns or to the bustling capital of Kampala, which 95,000 refugees call their home.

Bidi Bidi hosts more than 270,000 refugees, all of whom have arrived in the past year. Uganda is the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa, and Bidi Bidi is the largest settlement on the globe.

But Uganda is also one of the poorest countries in the world, and the pressure from South Sudan is gradually pushing the country's refugee-friendly policy to its limits. UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, has said it needs $569 million to support refugees in Uganda. It has received less than one-quarter of that so far.


image6Concept of refugee psychology,behavior and mind,types of refugees,stages of refugee experience,relevance of knowledge to social scientists and psychologists,psychological approaches to refugee behavior,refugee experience,psychosocial support and the patterns of adjustment.

Methods of teaching: classroom work for 8 hours and field visits of refugee settlement camps in Uganda that is Bidi-Bidi refugee settlement and Nakivale refugee settlement



PSYC-5 Mental health and psychopathology in Ugandaimage8

image7Mental illness on the rise in Uganda and the trend has been linked to previous conflicts and urbanization which has pushed many people into gambling and repeated borrowing, alcohol and drug abuse .the course content includes the nature of mental health in Uganda, common cases of mental health, causes and effects of the diminishing mental health to the university students and what is to be done to curb down this trend.

Methods of teaching: 3 classroom hours and field study of Butabiika Referral hospital



  • Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed online, within 2 weeks after the end of the course.
  • Certificates after the training will be issued.

Teaching and Learning outcomes

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  • At the end of the programme, learners will be expected to have acquired competences in counselling field and its subsequent fields such as mental health.
  • Analytical skills to enable students understand the factors that influence refugee behavior, know the adjustment process of refugees.
  • Critique international responses to increasing street children in Africa.
  • Skills in cross cultural communication and collaboration

Registration fee for International students

1000 USD, includes housing, airport pick-up and drop-off, two dinners, tour day of Kampala, breakfast and dinner at B, guide, entrance fees, boat trip, and school fees.
If you share a room you get an 80 USD discount, leaving the total to 920 USD.
Not included: Plane ticket, transport within Kampala and meals not mentioned above.
Registration fee for Kyambogo students
700 USD, including two dinners, tour day of Kampala, breakfast and dinner at Lake Mburo, guide, entrance fees, boattrip, and school fees.
Application deadline

  1. 1st May 2018

Number of places available
25 for International students and 5 for KYU students
Open to students in similar fields or people working in the area.
Questions and application requirements
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  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Current place of studies or work
  • Field of study or work (include semester if you are a student)
  • CV
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail
  • Short letter (half a A4 page) with motivation and fields of interest

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