General Elective Programme (December)

Students following the General programme have the option to enrol for 2 courses during their period of study in Stellenbosch. The courses cover a variety of fields of study, which includes: Philosophy, Engineering, Botany, Political Science, Economics, Literature, Art and Media, History, HIV/AIDS, International Relations, Chinese Studies, Multilingualism, Linguistics, and Marketing. Students can choose one course from each of the Elective groupings:

Individual Courses (Provisional Course Outlines):

(Choose one course per Elective)

Elective 1:

  • Course 1: Introduction to South Africa’s Political History
    • Field of Study: Political Science and History
    • This course serves as an introduction to South Africa’s political history, aimed at familiarising students with the historical context that shaped, and continues to shape, the country and its people.  Understanding the interplay between the country’s political, social and economic issues and how the colonial and apartheid past impacts on the present allows us to better comprehend the challenges currently facing South African society.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 2: Bio-Diversity: Plants for the People in the Western Cape
    • Field of Study: Botany
    • The extraordinary botanical diversity of the Cape Flora and the ecological processes that helped shape it are explored. Once a basic understanding is gained through lectures and two field excursion, the course adopts a more applied focus. We explore the horticultural potential of local plants in the international cut flower industry, and visit local flower farms. Finally we explore traditional plant use by local people, especially traditional healers, through lectures and visits to healers and/or traditional medicinal markets.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 3: Present Imperfect: Negotiating Identities in Film and Literature
    • Field of Study: Film and Literature Studies
    • This course explores the ways in which South African film and literature register and reflect socio-political conflicts and tensions. Students will engage with classic and contemporary South African poems and short stories, as well as a novel and three films, in order to explore how these fields of cultural production serve as a means of questioning and negotiating identity in South Africa.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 4: China in Africa
    • Field of Study: International Relations and Chinese Studies
    • This course offers a comprehensive introduction to China’s engagement on the African continent. The course includes an overview of Chinese investments on the continent, including infrastructure, extractive industries and trade relationships; it also examines China-Africa relations within the context of global groupings such as BRICS and FOCAC, the role of historical and political relations and the growing role of Chinese security within Africa. The course familiarizes students with the controversy surrounding the relationship, including issues of labour and environmental degradation as well as mechanisms which African countries draw on to command more co-operative interaction.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 5: Equity & Leadership in the Global Classroom
    • Field of study: Political Science
    • This interactive experiential learning module will equip participants to critically reflect and evaluate their contextual worldview around contemporary global social justice issues. We will journey to deepen our understanding of how to achieve equality in an unequal society by exploring modern racism, privilege, discrimination, oppression and structural injustice.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 6: Introduction to Muslim History, Society and Culture in Cape Town (Course Framework tbc)
    • Field of Study: Sociology and Religious Studies
    • The course provides an introduction and overview of Muslim history, society and culture in the greater Cape Town region of South Africa. It offers critical insights into the inner workings of the Muslim society with reference to its founding community dynamics; rites of passage, religious rituals and cultural practices; and the socio-political, economic and educational dimensions of their lives at the southern-most tip Africa.

Elective 2:

  • Course 7: Understanding HIV in South Africa: A Health & Social Justice Perspective
    • Field of Study: HIV/AIDS Management
    • This interactive course aims to develop a global understanding of HIV and AIDS, gender and sexuality through a health and social justice perspective. We will have a specific focus on the South African experience,  evaluating how far have we have come regarding HIV and Aids, gender, sexuality and health social justice in post-apartheid South Africa.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 8: Visual Controversies in South Africa, Past and Present
    • Field of Study: Art and Media
    • In this course, we will track major developments and changes in South African art and media from the Apartheid era (1948-1994) through the early years of democracy (1994-2000), to the present. The point of this broad historical perspective is not so much to provide a condensed history of South African art and media, as it is to explore the relationship between South Africa’s turbulent socio-political landscape and its visual culture. In particular, we aim to explore the notion of cultural identity as it manifested and still manifests in art, mass-media and visual culture in general.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 9: Transitional Justice
    • Field of Study: Political Science
    • Among the pressing challenges facing societies emerging out of war or authoritarianism is how to respond to human rights violations perpetrated in the mayhem of conflict. South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission represents one model that has been both celebrated and heavily critiqued. Offered by a practitioner who has worked with the UN in the African Great Lakes region, Nepal, and north Africa, this course sets the commission in historic and comparative context, critically highlighting questions about truth recovery, justice, reparations, and enabling non-recurrence.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits
  • Course 10: Global Migration: Origins, Crisis, Solutions
    • Field of Study: Political Science
    • This course would provide students an in-depth understanding of global migration; one of the most important issues of our time.  By way of lectures, readings, discussion and film, students will be exposed to population flows –  where and why, through the ages, as well as participate in a targeted investigation of the current era: where each year this phenomenon increases, straining receiving countries’ resources, and acting as a national cultural change agent (as it always has across the ages).  Finally, this course will end with small group research projects and peer presentations with the aim of producing solutions that attend to both migrant humanitarian concerns as well as host-country challenges.
  • Course 11: Marketing
    • Field of Study: Business and Marketing
    • This module aims to introduce students to the dynamic discipline of Marketing Management. A number of important variables such as market segmentation, positioning, product and brand development as well as advertising and promotion will be investigated in a practical way. The module is a must for everyone that is interested in following a career in the modern day business environment.
    • Can be Topped up with 1 US/2 ECTS Credits

Date of Programme: 5 December – 20 December 2020

Academic Weight: 2 US Credits / 4 ECTS Credits (Per Course)

(Students will receive 4 US Credits/ 8 ECTS Credits for the two courses)

Top up Credits: All Courses have an optional 1 US Credit/2 ECTS Credits Top Up option.

(This means that each Elective becomes 3 US/ 6 ECTS Credits)

Language: English


  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8