Transdisciplinary Health and Development

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 OPEN:

Application deadlines

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.

Compulsory modules

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)

Optional modules

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.

Admission requirements

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.

For more information, please contact either:

Dr Thomas Cousins (Programme convenor)
Tel: (021) 808 2098
Email: tcousins@sun.ac.za

Genay Dhelminie
Tel: (021) 808 2479
Email: genay@sun.ac.za

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 OPEN:

Application deadlines

International students: 30 September 2017 (Coursework option) – 31 October ( Thesis option)

SA students: 30 November 2017

The programme aims to create a space for a diverse group of students to take on the social and political complexities of health and development through theoretically informed and methodologically rigorous social research.

This new MPhil 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.

Specific Admission Requirements

Candidates in possession of a postgraduate diploma in Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies, a related social science honours degree or a health sciences qualification with proven experience in social science research on NQF level 8 (with an average of at least 65% in the relevant subjects, and demonstrated academic ability) may apply for the MPhil by thesis only (879).

[Students with a postgraduate diploma or honours degree on NQF level 8 in an alternate field (with an average of at least 65% in the relevant subjects, and demonstrated academic ability) or equivalent professional experience may apply for the MPhil by coursework (899).]

All students must also show evidence of adequate English language and writing proficiency for postgraduate academic studies.

Programme Structure 

This programme requires a minimum of one year of study. Depending on their training, students can register for one of two options for the MPhil degree: by thesis or by coursework.  The MPhil by coursework has the following structure:

879

Compulsory module:

13150: Thesis (Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies)   871(180)

899

Compulsory modules:

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)

13147: Social science methods for health and development  871(30)

13148: Directed reading for research development  871(30)

13149: Research Assignment (Transdisciplinary health and development)  871(60)

The M.Phil by thesis (879) requires the writing of a thesis containing the results of independent research on a research problem. Additional course work supporting the development of a research proposal is required of all candidates. Once the proposal is approved by the programme committee, students begin research, analysis, and writing.

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.

Assessment and Examination

The thesis is examined according to the University regulations for the examination of Master’s theses as set out in the section on higher degrees in Part 1 of the Calendar

For more information, please contact either:

Dr Thomas Cousins (Programme convenor)
Tel: (021) 808 2098
Email: tcousins@sun.ac.za

Genay Dhelminie
Tel: (021) 808 2479
Email: genay@sun.ac.za