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BA DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT


Admission requirements:

- Performance in Grade 12:
- Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL
- For the NSC an aggregate of at least 60%
- Home Language 50%
- First Additional Language 40%
- If Economics is taken as a subject: Mathematics 60%
- If Socio-Informatics is taken as a subject: Mathematics 50% or Mathematical Literacy 70%

Career Opportunites:
- Community development
- Population development
- Town and regional planning
- Tourism management
- Resource planning and management in the public & private sectors
- Environmental planning and management in the public & private sectors

Programme content and structure:
The programme structure comprises 5 first-year subjects, 4 second-year subjects and 2 and a half third-year subjects. In all three years of study the three core disciplines, namely Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology/Social Anthropology, and Public and Development Management are compulsory, except for a limited choice in the final year. At the advanced level two and a half subjects out of the three are taken for a total of 120 credits.

In order to enhance the content integration within and between the two major subjects as well as the overall coherence of the programme, students participate in various types of assignments, e.g. (interdepartmental) seminars, written work, practicals of various kinds, etc. These form part of the process of integrated assessment that the programme requires.

Students who comply with the admission requirements for Mathematics may take Economics at the basic and intermediary levels. Students not taking Economics 178 at the basic level, must do Economics 288 (no admission requirements in Mathematics) at the intermediate level as the elective module. Economics 178 (basic level) or Economics 288 (intermediate level) is minimum requirements. This meets the requirement for economics related subject support in order to understand and deal with development realities. Note that Basic Xhosa is offered at basic level only.

[split] Programme composition:

First year (134 credits)

Compulsory modules:
- Geo-Environmental Science 124(16), 154(16) (followed by Geography and Environment Studies in second and third years)
- Information Skills 172(6)
- Public and Development Management* 114(12), 144(12)
- Sociology 114(12), 144(12)

Elective modules
(Plus two of the following subjects (48 credits)):
- Afrikaans en Nederlands 178(24)
- Basic Xhosa 114(12), 144(12)
- Economics* 114(12), 144(12)
- English Studies 178(24)
- History 114(12), 144(12)
- Philosophy 112(6), 122(6), 142(6), 152(6)
- Socio-Informatics 114(12), 144(12)

Second year (128 - 136 credits)

Compulsory modules:
- Geography and Environmental Studies 225(16), 265(16) (follows GeoEnvironmental Science at first-year level)
- Public and Development Management* 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
- Sociology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
  or
- Social Anthropology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8) (Sociology at first-year level is a corequisite)

Elective modules
Plus continued study of one of the following subjects (32 credits), provided that Economics 288 must be taken if Economics 114, 144 have not been taken:
- Economics* 288(32) or 214(16) and 244(16)
- History 214(16), 244(16)
- Philosophy 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
- Socio-Informatics 224(16), 254(16), 262(8)
*Please note that if Economics 114, 144 or Economics 178 are chosen in the first year, Economics 288 may not be taken for degree purposes.

Third year (120 - 128 credits)
The credit load is higher if Geography and Environmental Studies is chosen.

Elective modules:
Choose two and a half subjects from the following (2 x 48 + 1 x 24 credits or 1 x 48 + 1 x 56 + 1 x 24):
- Geography and Environmental Studies 314(12), 323(12), 358(16), 363(16)
- Public and Development Management* 314(12), 324(12), 348(24)
- Sociology 314(12), 364(12) and two of 324(12), 334(12), 344(12), 354(12)
  Or
- Social Anthropology 314(12), 324(12), 344(12), 354(12)

Notes:
Study in a subject at Honours level is permitted only if the subject was a major (minimum 48 credits) for which an average of 60% was attained.

Programme assessment:
The contributing modules use conventional tertiary assessment techniques, namely tests, exams and written assignments. Skills modules may also be assessed continuously by means of practical applications.

For details about assessment, consult the participating departments. Also consult their entries in Section 6, Module Contents.

Subject combinations:
All subject combinations are subject to timetable possibilities.

Presentation:
The contributing modules use the conventional tertiary tuition techniques: formal lectures, tutorials, practicals, group work, independent assignments, self-study, and field visits. At the advanced level, especially, more independent work by students is a consciously pursued aim. Tuition techniques are monitored constantly and adjusted according to experience. Consult language specifications for the medium of instruction.

Enquiries:
Programme co-ordinator: Mrs Z Munch
021 808 9101 | zmunch@sun.ac.za
Universiteit Stellenbosch University