Bachelor of Arts Honours in Community Development

(Minimum one year, maximum three years; Full-time or part-time; On campus; 120 Credits)


The Bachelor of Arts Honours in Community Development programme is designed to provide an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of theory and practice in the discipline of community development grounded in community-focused research. Students will analyse and apply foundational knowledge of community development theory and practice gaining understanding and skills to facilitate collective actions in the context of communities.

Mode of delivery


Time Commitment

Minimum one year,
Maximum three years ,
Full-time or part-time.
On Campus
The programme includes
both January and July intakes.


Registered as Cornerstone Christian College with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997.

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Admission Requirements

  • A three year Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent) with social science as a major subject
  • Minimum of 60% average in third year key modules in social science.

Henrietta Settler Programme, Head of Department for Sociology and Community Development. She holds a MPhil degree in Social Science Methods from the University of Stellenbosch, a BPhil in Community and Youth Studies from the University of Birmingham and a Diploma in Teaching from Dower College of Education.  Henrietta has more than 20 years’ experience in the community and youth development sector.  Her dedication to education and freedom stem from her desire to contribute positively to the lives of marginal constituencies, and with this a deep understanding of issues affecting the most vulnerable. As a black feminist, she also has a keen interest in gender migration, in particular black female migrants. She is currently reading for a doctoral degree focusing on gender and migrants, by exploring, personal economic and social agency of Black Female Migrants in the hair industry.  Her research interests include Gender and Migration, Youth Development and Research Ethics.  Henrietta has extensive experience lecturing in Sociology, Youth Development and Research Methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of psychological theory and biological influences on behaviour
  • Demonstrate systematic thinking about selection of techniques for various research scenarios
  • Develop comprehension of the theoretical traditions within qualitative research
  • Demonstrate the ability to execute the techniques of analysis covered in the programme
  • Explain and assess how developmental, cultural, socioeconomic, and gender factors affect the clinical diagnosis and conceptualisation of psychopathology
  • Develop conceptual and procedural knowledge of the descriptive nosological system that is codified in the DSM-V 
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of ethics in psychology
  • Develop an understanding of the history of community psychology and apply perspectives within a South African context
  • Address psychosocial challenges affecting South African communities
  • Apply critical thinking skills in the assessment and resolution of community mental health needs
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of therapeutic modalities
  • Demonstrate critical thinking about the applicability of western models to the multicultural South African context
  • Engage critically in current debates on the use of different interventions, modalities and theoretical perspectives in psychology.
  • Work effectively with other professionals in a team setting.

Module descriptions and credits

For a description of each module, see ‘Module descriptions’ towards the end of this document.

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