BA in Development and Environment

   About the programme

The programme imparts basic knowledge about how communities work, about the processes of economic development and the natural environment and understanding the nature and results of interaction among communities, socio-economic development processes and the natural environment.

Over three years, the programme builds basic and management skills for entrepreneurs and for managers, planners and administrators in the public and private sectors and in local and national authorities. Specific occupational fields include community development, population development, town and regional planning, tourism planning and management, resource planning and management, and environmental planning and management.

   Programme content

The BA in Development and the Environment is an interfaculty programme allowing possible further study in one of three majors. From your first year until your third year, you will take three compulsory major subjects: Geography and Environmental Studies and Sociology or Social Anthropology from the Arts and Social Sciences Faculty; and Public and Development Management from the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty. Economics is compulsory in either your first or second year -if you have not taken Economics in your first year, you may choose the special Economics module for social scientists in your second year that doesn't have Mathematics as a prerequisite. During your first and second years you must also choose one of the following subjects: History, Philosophy, Socio-Informatics or a language skills course (Afrikaans en Nederlands, English Studies or Basic Xhosa).

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   Admission requirements

  • Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL
  • For the NSC an aggregate of at least 63%
  • Home Language 50%
  • First Additional Language 40%

If Socio-Informatics is taken as a university subject, then also:

  • Mathematics 50% or Mathematical Literacy 70%

If Economics is taken as a university subject, then also:

  • Mathematics 60%