This degree is aimed at understanding the issues of poverty, inequality, injustices and changing societies. Students acquire knowledge as well as practical and academic skills with regard to the attempts to address these challenges by means of development projects, programmes and policies. This involves the management and evaluation of interventions as well as the contexts that are relevant. Development Studies is presented as multi-disciplinary and holistic. As one of the few undergraduate programmes in Development Studies in the country, this qualification is a strong basis for a career in the field of development or further study in Development Studies.

The curriculum for BA (Development Studies) consists of 22-semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules
Development Studies 1A&1B Development Studies 2A&2B Development Studies 3A&3B 6
Second major 1A&1B Second major 2A&2B Second major 3A&3B 6
Elective 1A&1B Elective 2A&2B Elective 2A&2B 4
**English 1C&1D Elective 1A&1B 4
8-semester modules 8-semester modules 4 semester modules 22
  • Majors and electives: Geography, Philosophy, Psychology (1A&1B, 2C&2F, 3E&3F) or Public Management and Governance.
  • Alternative majors and electives: Anthropology, Economics, Historical Studies, Politics, or Sociology. (These subjects are available to students to choose from, on condition that there are no timetable clashes.)

**Students who have achieved an A or B for English in matric may substitute English 1C & 1D with another elective.

Practical: The practical for the subject Development Studies as set out in the Regulations is supplementary for students in the curriculum Development Studies. This is also applicable if students follow only two-semester modules in Development Studies

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 6, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Feb 2020
5,000 USD
Tuition estimate per year | Accommodation estimate: USD 2500 per year
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