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Closing date: 15 September 2016 for January 2017 semester.
Geography can be taken as a subject within several different degree programmes, within the following faculties:
- Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
- Faculty of Science
FACULTY OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES
FACULTY OF SCIENCES
    • 12569 – 889(180)/899(180) MPHIL – URBAN AND REGIONAL SCIENCE
      Admission Requirements:
      A professional Bachelors degree in urban planning, architecture or engineering or an honours degree in geography, economics, public administration, statistics, mathematics or a related degree is required. A pass mark of 60% in the major is required.

      Programme structure:
      The programme provides an analytical and objective overview of the fundamental theories and concepts in urban geography, urban and regional planning and urbanism. It focuses on the spatial and structural relationships of economic and social activities within and between cities at regional, national and international levels of spatial aggregation. The programme is designed to enable the the student to empirically analyse the systemic elements of urban systems, particularly the quantifying and representation of spatial phenomena. As an MPhil level course the programme is structured to provide the candidate with the opportunity to critically analyse the various discourses objectively and to provide an original contribution to research in the field.

      The course aims to provide advanced knowledge of the social and economic networks between population groups within private and public urban space as they manifest at different levels of urban spatial aggregation. The course also analyses various spatial, social and economic urban and regional challenges, their impact on the dynamism of urban systems, their influence on living conditions, and ways in which resulting challenges are addressed in different parts of the world. These different networks are analysed in terms of internationally acceptable norms of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Finally the course provides an introduction to urban and regional management instruments and their application in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.

      Practically this course aims to provide the candidate with the skills to identify and apply appropriate research methodologies when analysing different elements of human activities within the urban and regional environment and the ability to correctly interpret the data requirements for such analyses. Candidates will be expected to master a variety of spatial analysis techniques available for socio-economic research with emphasis on GIS as an analysis tool in decision-making. The course is also developed to capacitate the candidate to perform and critically evaluate original research in urban and regional systems.

      Compulsory modules:
      Thesis 889 (NB The programme will not be presented in 2013):
      12568 : Thesis (Urban and Regional Science) 872(105)
      12560 : Human Network Analysis 811(15)
      12561 : Economic Network Analysis 811(15)
      12562 : Urban Infrastructure Network Analysis 841(15)
      12563 : Urban Management Processes 841(15)
      12565 : Statistical Urban Analysis 841(15)

      Students with Geography & Environmental Studies or Urban and Regional Planning must attend the following modules, but need not register for them:
      12566 : Urban Systems Analysis 811
      12559 : Urban Form and Structure Analysis 811
      12585 : GIS û Urban Systems Applications 841

      or

      Assignment 899:
      12567 : Assignment (Urban and Regional Science) 871(60)
      12566 : Urban Systems Analysis 811(15)
      12559 : Urban Form and Structure Analysis 811(15)
      12560 : Human Network Analysis 811(15)
      12561 : Economic Network Analysis 811(15)
      12562 : Urban Infrastructure Network Analysis 841(15)
      12563 : Urban Management Processes 841(15)
      12565 : Statistical Urban Analysis 841(15)
      12585 : GIS û Urban Systems Applications 841(15)

      Assessment and examination:
      Progress will be assessed by means of individual tests, assignments, presentations and exams. The candidate will be evaluated on her/his ability to understand the theory, orally present concepts and provide a critical analysis of the content. The outcome of the formal examination comprises one third of the final mark. The thesis is examined according to the University’s prescriptions.

      Enquiries: Yvette Regue (Senior departmental Officer)
      021 808 3104 | regue@sun.ac.za
    • 49611 – 879(180) MA – GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
      Admission requirements:
      A BAHons degree with Geography and Environmental Studies as a major and GIS training, or a BAHons degree in a related discipline as major approved by Senate as appropriate, and with appropriate training in GIS, for admission to the programme. An average mark of 60% for the major.

      Programme structure:
      The implementation, management and application of GIS for managing resources and for spatial analysis and modeling of human geographical phenomena, disasters and problems.

      Compulsory module:
      - 12188 Thesis (GIS) 872(180)

      Assessment and examination:
      The thesis of 30 000 40 000 words, which attests to the ability to conduct scientific research on a geographical problem independently, is examined according to the University’s prescriptions.

      Enquiries:
      Programme co-ordinator: Prof A van Niekerk
      021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za
    • 49905–879(180) MASTERS – GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
      Admission requirements:
      A BAHons degree with Geography and Environmental Studies or appropriate qualification. An average mark of 60%.

      Programme structure:
      The programme focuses on the study and resolution of human-environmental problems, environmental disasters and urban or tourism phenomena from a spatial perspective.

      Compulsory module:
      - 11660 Thesis (100%) Geography and Environmental Study A 872(180)

      Assessment and examination:
      The thesis of 30 000 40 000 words, which demonstrates the ability to conduct research independently on a geographical problem, is examined according to the University prescriptions.

      Enquiries:
      Programme Co-ordinator: Prof SLA Ferreira
      021 808 3105 | slaf@sun.ac.za
    • 12279 – 878 (180) MSC GEOINFORMATICS
      Admission Requirements:
      A BScHons degree with Geoinformatics as a major and GIS training, or a BScHons degree with training in GIS. An average mark of 60% is required for the Honours degree.

      Outcomes:
      - Specialised practical skills for the development and application of spatial technologies to the resolution and management of environmental problems, guided by advanced and progressive conceptual and theoretical thought needed to conduct scientific research.
      - Ability to conduct independent empirical scientific research on geographical environmental or geo-information problems by the completion of a thesis.
      - Practical consultation skills, a broad theoretical background and a demonstrated ability to do independent research and problem resolution on environmental, or geo-information themes.

      Nature of programme:
      The development, implementation, management and application of spatial technologies for managing resources and for spatial analysis and modelling of environmental geographical phenomena and problems

      Compulsory module:
      12280 - (874 180) Thesis Geoinformatics
      A thesis of 30 000 to 40 000 words, in which the ability to conduct research independently and to develop spatial technologies is demonstrated.

      Assessment and examination:
      A thesis is required. The programme is presented in English. All work may be presented in English or Afrikaans. The 100% thesis (64475 - 874) is examined according to the University's provisions in Part 1 of the calendar.

      Enquiries:
      Programme co-ordinator: Prof A van Niekerk
      021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za
    • 49913 – 878 (180) MSC GEOGRAPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
      Admission Requirements:
      A BScHons degree with Geography and Environmental Studies or an appropriate discipline as major and an average mark of 60% for the major.

      Outcomes:
      - Knowledge of the relevant specialised scientific theory about environmental problems specific to geography as discipline.
      - Abilities of critical, analytical and synthesising thought about human-environment interactions and spatial environmental phenomena.
      - Ability to identify and prioritise contemporary environmental problems and research topics relevant to South and southern Africa.
      - Specialised practical skills to manage and resolve environmental problems, while retaining advanced and progressive conceptual theoretical thought needed for scientific research.
      - Ability to undertake independent scientific research to resolve spatial environmental problems in a research thesis and demonstrate practical environmental consultation employment skills.

      Nature of programme:
      The programme focuses on the study and resolution of human-environmental problems and environmental phenomena from a spatial perspective. The thesis research can be done full-time or part-time. The research topic is developed and approved by the Department.

      Compulsory module:
      (873 180) Thesis Geography and Environmental Studies
      A thesis of 30 000 to 40 000 words, in which the ability to conduct research independently on a geographical problem is demonstrated.

      Assessment and examination:
      The thesis may be presented in Afrikaans or English and is examined according to the University's provisions set out in Part 1 of the Calendar.

      Enquires:
      Prof JH van der Merwe
      021 808 3103 | jhvdm@sun.ac.za
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