APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 OPEN:
International students: 30 September 2017
SA students: 30 November 2017
This new one-year degree programme is hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology in collaboration with the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (Division of Community Health) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The purpose of the programme is to develop students‟ capacity to investigate and think critically about a range of questions concerning health and development broadly conceived. By working across diverse perspectives that transcend disciplinary boundaries, we seek to develop new methods, concepts, and practices to address the complex linkages between health and development in contemporary South Africa.
The PDG is designed for a diverse group of students to develop the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to take on the social and political complexities of health and development in Africa. The postgraduate diploma provides a strong conceptual foundation for theoretically and methodologically grounded engagements with applied concerns around health and development, and sets up students for professional work or further academic study.
The programme will pair a core set of required modules with methodological and topical electives. Each student will be assigned an academic advisor, who will ensure that the programme is tailored to meet their specific needs and interests. NB: Students who want to follow the programme over a period longer than a year can, in consultation with the programme coordinator, enrol for those modules they want to follow in a particular year.
The proposed programme has three primary aims:
- To train a new generation of South African and African social and health researchers in transdisciplinary approaches that allow them to engage critically, astutely and sensitively with important issues of social transformation.
- To prepare health professionals, development practitioners, and policy makers for the complexities of health and development practice and for effective scientific engagement in an increasingly diverse and globalised world.
- To create an intellectual space for original critical research across disciplinary boundaries that contributes useful knowledge for the promotion of human wellness, the relief of suffering, and the transformation of structures of exclusion in Africa and the global South.
13187: Critical social theory for transdisciplinary research in health and development – 771(30)
13189: History, politics and ethics of health and development in Africa – 771(30)
Students must select two topical electives and two methods electives, some of which are listed below. The Department reserves the right not to offer all elective modules in a particular calendar year.
Methods electives (select two)
10265: Survey methodology – 771(15)
13138: Quantitative data analysis with SPSS – 771(15)
13139: Ethnographic research methods – 771(15)
13140: Qualitative interviewing methods and analysis – 771(15)
13141: Capita selecta (methods) – 771(15)
Topical electives (select two)
13143: Gender, youth and childhood – 771(15)
13190: Gender, race and health in modern African history – 771(15)
13142: Community development – 771(15)
13144: Governance and citizenship – 771(15)
13146: Capita selecta (topics) – 771(15)
The PGDip provides a bridge into the M.Phil programmes in Transdisciplinary Health And Development Studies (either by coursework or by thesis) for students with non-social scientific training with the interest and aptitude for critical and transdisciplinary engagement with health and development.
The Diploma accepts students with a wide range of undergraduate qualifications in the broad field of the social sciences / humanities or health sciences. Students qualified in other fields, who have a specific interest in health and development, are also encouraged to apply. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (social sciences, health sciences, development) on NQF level 7 and an average of at least 65% in the relevant subjects, with demonstrated academic ability are required.