Bachelor of Arts | Sociology & Community Development
(Minimum 3 years, 384 credits)
- National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent
- A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
- A Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field
- Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
- National Benchmark Test (NBT) results
- A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the NBT results
- Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent). The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL
- Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT
Applicants in the first category under Alternative Admission Requirements must register for the Extended Programme for Academic Development. The Programme extends the completion of the prescribed subjects over a minimum of four years.
Students who are admitted on the basis of prior learning and who want to complete the degree in three years, but who fail more than 20% of modules taken during the first semester, are required to take the first year over two years.
The BA aims to provide access for those who have completed Grade 12 to a degree programme equipping them with skills to be more effective leaders in the community in the areas of Psychology, Theology, Media Studies, Alternative Education and Sociology and Community Development. In addition to a career path for sociologists, psychologists, and media specialists. The programme is also intended to provide students who are considering a career as teachers to advance to a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with the required teaching subjects at an undergraduate level.
BA students must choose between a major in Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Alternative Education or Media Studies. Each focus has its own specified core and elective modules from the curriculum below. Outcomes are set for each area of focus, as outlined below. Each module within the curriculum also has its own set of outcomes.
Sociology and Community Development students who have completed the qualification must be able to:
- Understand the principles, concepts, history and major approaches to the study of society
- Understand sociological theory as it is applied to important institutions in society such as the family, religion, government and community life
- Understand their own culture and appreciate the values of other cultures
- Understand the psycho-social problems facing Africa today, with an emphasis on poverty and poverty alleviation
- Analyse economic systems from a sociological perspective and identify the debates around the prevalent economic systems in the African context
- Engage critically with contemporary examples of social, cultural, economic and political oppression and injustice within our region, continent and globally
- Illustrate an in depth understanding of contemporary sociological theory and be able to evaluate and analyse these theories with reference to issues such as globalisation, conflict, the environment, gender and poverty, with a special focus on South Africa and the African continent
- Conduct research into social issues. This includes the acquisition of skills such as: participatory research methodologies, evaluation research, report writing and proposal writing.
Bachelor of Arts (NQF 7, 384 credits)
Option 2: Sociology and Community Development
- Academic Development I, GenEd (16 credits)
- Citizenship I – four required and two elective modules (48 credits)
- Sociology I (major) (24 credits)
- Psychology I (major) (24 credits)
- Choose one other subject: English I, Counselling I, Biblical Studies I, Theology I or Media Studies I (24 credits)
- TESOL I (24 credits) can be taken as an extra subject only
- Sociology II (major) (32 credits)
- Leadership Studies II (32 credits)
- Community Development II (32 credits)
- Continue with one subject taken in first year from: Psychology II, English II, Counselling II, Biblical Studies II, Theology II, Media Studies II or TESOL II (32 credits)
- Sociology III (major) (48 credits)
- Community Development III (48 credits)
- Practical (24 credits)
For a description of each module, see ‘Module descriptions’ towards the end of this document.