This is a first formative qualification. A successful student will have acquired the intellectual competencies and practical skills to discuss, problematize and investigate human conduct and interaction, particularly in the South African context.

There are four different clusters or specialization options in this programme to choose from. These options are listed below.

BA with specialization in Communication and Languages

The curriculum for the BA with specialization in Communication and Languages programme consists of 22-semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules
Communication or *Theory of Film and Television Studies 1A & 1B Communication or *Theory of Film and Television Studies 2A & 2B Communication or *Theory of Film and Television Studies 3A & 3B 6
Language major 1A & 1B Language major 2A & 2B Language major 3A & 3B 6
Elective 1A & 1B Elective 2A & 2B Elective 2A & 2B 6
**English 1C & 1D Elective 1A & 1B 4
8-semester modules 8-semester modules 6-semester modules 22

Majors: Communication (*or Theory of Film and Television Studies on condition that there are no timetable clashes) and a language (Afrikaans, English, French, Greek, isiZulu, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek and Sepedi.)

Electives: A language (Afrikaans, English, French, Greek, isiZulu, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Northern Sotho 1A&1B, Sepedi or Zulu 1A&1B) and Classical Culture and Mythologies.

Alternative electives: Philosophy and Religion. (These modules may be chosen only if 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. Students who select English as a major should register for English 1A&1B and may substitute English 1C&1D with another elective. The student who passes English 1C&1D may be permitted to register for English 2A&2B at the discretion of the Head of Department of English.

BA with specialisation in School subject areas

The curriculum for the BA with specialisation in School subject areas programme consists of 22 semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules
Major 1A & 1B Major 2A & 2B Major 3A & 3B 6
Major 1A & 1B Major 2A & 2B Major 3A & 3B 6
Elective 1A & 1B Elective 2A & 2B Elective 2A & 2B 6
**English 1C & 1D Elective 1A & 1B 4
8 semester modules 8 semester modules 6 semester modules 22

Majors: A language (Afrikaans, English, French, Greek, isiZulu, Modern Greek and Sepedi.), Historical Studies and Religion.

Alternative majors: Latin and Education Studies. (These modules may be chosen only if there are no timetable clashes.)

Electives: A language (Afrikaans, English, French, Greek, isiZulu, Latin, Modern Greek and Sepedi.), Classical Culture and Mythologies, Historical Studies and Religion.

Alternative electives: Economics, Education Studies, Geography, Linguistics and Psychology (1A&1B, 2A, and Sports Psychology 2B) (These modules may be chosen only if 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. Students who select English as a major should register for English 1A&1B and may substitute English 1C&1D with another elective. The student who passes English 1C&1D may be permitted to register for English 2A&2B at the discretion of the Head of Department of English.

BA with specialization in Social Sciences

The curriculum for the BA with specialization in Social Sciences programme consists of 22-semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules
Social Sciences major 1A&1B Social Sciences major 2A&2B Social Sciences major 3A&3B 6
Major 1A & 1B Major 2A & 2B Major 3A & 3B 6
Elective 1A & 1B Elective 2A & 2B Elective 2A & 2B 6
**English 1C & 1D Elective 1A & 1B 4
8-semester modules 8-semester modules 6 semester modules 22

Majors:

  • The first major must be selected from the following list of Social Sciences subjects: Anthropology, Development Studies, Historical Studies, Politics and Sociology.
  • The second major may be selected from the list of Social Sciences or Communication or Classical Culture and Mythologies. If the second major is selected from the list of subjects other than the Social Sciences, at least six modules from the list of Social Sciences electives must be selected.


Electives: Anthropology, Classical Culture, and Mythologies, Communication, Economics, Development Studies, Historical Studies, Politics, and Sociology.

Alternative electives: Geography, Philosophy, and Religion. (These modules may be chosen only if 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. Students who select English as a major should register for English 1A&1B and may substitute English 1C&1D with another elective. The student who passes English 1C&1D may be permitted to register for English 2A&2B at the discretion of the Head of Department of English.

BA with specialization in Geography and Anthropology

The curriculum for the BA with specialization in Geography and Anthropology programme consists of 22-semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules
Geography 1A&1B Geography 2A&2B Geography 3A&3B 6
Anthropology 1A & 1B Anthropology 2A&2B Anthropology 3A&3B 6
Development Studies 1A&1B or Historical Studies 1A&1B or Sociology 1A&1B Development Studies 2A&2B or Historical Studies 2A&2B or Sociology 2A&2B Development Studies 2A&2B or Historical Studies 2A&2B or Sociology 2A&2B 6
**English 1C & 1D Development Studies 1A&1B or Historical Studies 1A&1B or Sociology 1A&1B 4
8-semester modules 8-semester modules 6 semester modules 22

EXIT-LEVEL OUTCOMES

Students who have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with and have an informed outline knowledge and understanding of the content, theories, and scholarly positions of the critical core of a number of disciplines at a basic and intermediate level (level 5).
  • Demonstrate a systematic and well-rounded knowledge, and the ability to critically question the basic assumptions of the most important theories, scholarly positions and basic methodologies of one or more disciplines (level 6).
  • Show competence with the basic and elementary modes of inquiry of at least one or more core disciplines to specified, less complex problems (both concrete and abstract).
  • Analyse and locate her/his own work in contemporary contexts (such as the South African and African contexts) regarding specific issues and/or problems.
  • Interpret topical issues using different perspectives in the disciplines included at level 6.
  • Interpret, explain and/or develop an argument around and an understanding of the newly encountered material and demonstrate an ability to marshal an approach used in one or more disciplines included at the exit-level (level 6).
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