A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or the school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board (IEB) as certified by Umalusi with a mark of at least 4 (50%) in each of the four school subjects from the list of designated university admission subjects.
- An average final mark of 65% in the NSC or the IEB school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation) for the three-year mainstream programme.
- An average final mark of 60-64,9% in the NSC (excluding Life Orientation) for the four-year Extended Degree Programme.
- Your National Benchmark Test results may be taken into consideration for placement in the Extended Degree Programme.
- Home Language – code 4 (50%).
- First Additional Language – code 3 (40%).
- Mathematics – code 5 (60%) (If you will be taking Economics 114 or 144).
- Mathematics – code 4 (50%) OR Mathematical Literacy – code 6 (70%) (only if you will be taking Socio-Informatics).
Consult section 3 in this chapter for more information on the Extended Degree Programmes.
a) The programme structure consists of five first-year subjects, four second-year subjects and two and a half third-year subjects. In all three years of study the following three core disciplines are compulsory, except for a limited choice in the final year:
- Geography and Environmental Studies;
- Sociology/Social Anthropology; and
- Public and Development Management
b) In the final year you take two and a half subjects out of the three for a total of 120 credits.
c) You do a certain amount of work in each of the major subjects that is designed to enhance the content integration within and between the major subjects and the overall coherence of the programme. This work, that forms part of the process of integrated assessment, can take on various forms such as (interdepartmental) seminars, written assignments, various forms of practical work, etc.
d) Please note the following:
- If you comply with the admission requirements for Mathematics, you can take Economics 114 and 144 in your first year, and Economics 214 and 244 in your second year. This will give you the economic-related subject support you need in order to understand and deal with developmental realities.
- If you do not take Economics 114 and 144 in your first year, then you must take Economics 288 (no admission requirements in Mathematics) as a compulsory module in your second year.
- Note that you can only take Basic Xhosa in your first year
The programme is presented by means of formal lectures, tutorials, practicals, group work, individual assignments, self-study and field trips. You are expected to work more independently in your third year. Tuition techniques are monitored constantly and adjusted according to experience.
The subjects and modules of the programme BA (Development and Environment) are set out below. You can find the contents of these subjects and modules in the chapter “Undergraduate Subjects, Modules and Module Contents” in this Calendar part.
Your chosen subject combination depends on timetable considerations. The subjects and modules that you choose may not clash on the class, test and examination timetables. In addition, consult the schematic outline for subject combinations on the fold-out page at the back of this Calendar part.
Consult Calendar part 10 for module contents of modules that are presented by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (marked with *).
First year (134 credits)
- Geo Environmental Science 124(16), 154(16) (you take Geography and Environment Studies on second-year and third-year level)
- Information Skills 172(6)
- Public and Development Management* 114(12), 144(12)
- Sociology 114(12), 144(12)
Choose two of the following subjects.
- Afrikaans and Dutch 178(24)
- Basic Xhosa 114(12), 144(12)
- Economics* 114(12), 144(12)
- English Studies 178(24)
- History 114(12), 144(12)
- Philosophy 114(12), 144(12)
- Socio-Informatics 114(12), 144(12)
Second year (128 – 136 credits)
- Geography and Environmental Studies 225(16), 265(16) (follows on Geo-Environmental
- Science at first-year level)
- Public and Development Management* 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
- Social Anthropology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8) (Sociology at first-year level is a corequisite)
- Sociology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
- You continue with one of the following subjects (32 credits, or 40 credits if you are taking Socio-Informatics).
- You must take Economics 288 if you did not take Economics 114 and 144 in your first year.
- If you did take Economics 114 and 144 in your first year, then you cannot take Economic 288 for degree purposes.
- Economics* 214(16), 244(16)
- History 214(16), 244(16)
- Philosophy 214(16), 244(16)
- Socio-Informatics 224(16), 254(16), 262(8)
Third year (120 -128 credits)
If you are taking Geography and Environmental Studies in your third year, then your credit load will be higher.
- Choose two and a half subjects from the following (2 x 48 + 1 x 24) or (1 x 48 + 1 x 56 + 1 x 24) elective modules below.
- If you are taking Sociology 3 as a major subject then 314 (first semester) and 364 (second semester) are compulsory modules. Students then follow 324 in the first semester and choose between 344 and 354 in the second semester. Please note that 344 and 354 cannot be taken together due to timetable clashes.
- Geography and Environmental Studies 314(12), 323(12), 358(16), 363(16)
- Public and Development Management* 314(12), 324(12), 348(24)
- Social Anthropology 314(12), 324(12), 344(12), 354(12)
- Sociology 314(12), 324(12), 364(12) AND CHOOSE ONE OF
- 344(12), 354(12) (please note that due to timetable clashes, 344 and 354 cannot be taken together)
Take note that study in a particular subject at Honours level is permitted only if you had the subject as a major for which you attained an average final mark of 60% or more.
Flexible assessment is done by means of tests, examinations and written assignments. Skills modules may also be assessed continuously by means of practical applications. The manner in which individual modules are assessed, is explained in the module framework/study guide that is handed out during the first lecture of each module. Also consult the entries of the departments concerned in the chapter “Undergraduate Subjects, Modules and Module Contents” of this Calendar part.