Bachelor of Arts Honours in Community Development
(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.

Programme Coordinator

Henrietta Settler Programme Head of Department for Sociology and Community Development. She holds a MPhil degree in Social Science Methods from the University 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.  

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.

Time Commitment

Minimum one year, maximum three years
Full-time or part-time
On campus
January and July intakes

Tuition Cost (click here)



Social Theory for Community Development
Research Methods for Community Development
Policy and Legislative / Regulatory Framework for Community Development
Organisational Management in Community Development Practice
Independent Research Project (linked to Work Integrated Learning)

Electives (select one of four – only two electives will be available each calendar year)

Sustainable Community Development
Local Economic Development
Community Development in the Rural-Urban Continuum
Youth Development

Please click here for module descriptions and credits.


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.

Ashley Kriel Scholarship

ashley-1 The Community Chest and The Cornerstone Institute, co-founders of the Ashley Kriel Scholarship for Leadership in Community Development, hereby invites applications from activist and development practitioners to apply for a scholarship to undertake a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Community Development. Please click here for further information.