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The programmes are grouped according to their home faculty. UCT supports interdisciplinary study. Students may apply for whichever programme that interests them, regardless of their academic background, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements for the programme. Therefore students are encouraged to search through this list of programmes and other faculties' programmes.

For example the Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice [CM033DPP01] is listed under Commerce (its home faculty) but only requires that a student holds an honours degree to enrol for it. Many such opportunities exist in different faculties and students are encouraged to look for them.

Similarly students are encouraged to select courses from different faculties. There are many courses listed on this website that allow students from different academic backgrounds to enrol for them. Students are encouraged to select such courses to enrich their learning experience.

Honours or Master’s in Justice and Transformation [POL06]

The Honours or Master’s specialisation has been designed to locate current concerns and topical interests in justice and transformation in the more general perspectives of normative theory and comparative studies. It is inspired by the new directions in writing, research and teaching generated by the South African TRC-process but not confined to these. Instead, it links these new research interests and current debates in the area of transitional justice (including human rights law, conflict resolution and peace- building, and social justice in transformation) with the more lasting intellectual perspectives provided by a thorough grounding in relevant academic disciplines.

Qualification name: BA/BSocScHons specialising in Justice and Transformation
MPhil specialising in Justice and Transformation
Delivery Mode and Duration: Honours: 1 year Contact, Fulltime
Master’s: 2 years Contact, Fulltime

General Entry requirements

Faculty admission requirements as set out under Rules FH3 and FM3 apply.

  • At Honours level: a first degree majoring with an upper 2nd or close approximation.

  • At Master’s level: a good Honours degree or its equivalent.

  • Applicants should ideally have a major in, or some exposure to, Politics as an undergraduate subject. However, depending on which area of concentration the applicant is interested in, the following additional study backgrounds may be taken into account when assessing applications:

Transitional Justice: Majors in Politics, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Literature

Human Rights: Senior courses in Law, LLB

Conflict Resolution: Majors in Politics, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Sociology

Social Justice in Transformation: Majors in Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Psychology, Development Studies

Convener: Dr H Scanlon, BA(Hons) Manchester MA PhD (African History) London

Prescribed curriculum: Two core courses and a selection of electives in the areas of Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, and Social Justice in Transformation. Course selections are made with the following aims in mind:

Transitional Justice: Courses in the area of Transitional Justice aim to provide a theoretical grounding and comparative understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Transitional Justice at the intersection of human rights discourses, democratic transitions and post-conflict reconciliation.

Human Rights Law: Courses in the area of Human Rights Law aims to ground the professional and specialist studies in law in a broader theoretical and comparative understanding of the historical and political contexts in which Human Rights Law functions.

Conflict Resolution: Courses in Conflict Resolution aim to provide a comparative understanding and practice orientated introduction to current approaches to peace operations and post-conflict reconciliation in the African context.

Social Justice in Transformations: Courses in Social Justice in Transformation are designed to combine a focus on issues of social justice related to poverty and development with the combating of legacies of racism and redressing racial, gender and social inequalities within more general normative and theoretical perspectives.

Some of the areas of concentration provide for Internships, which may be substituted for one of the elective options (but not for the core courses).

Core courses:

Honours students are required to complete taught courses (min 96 credits) as well as a research essay/project (30 credits). One of the courses may be replaced with an Internship.

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

POL4007H

Research Essay/Project

30

8

POL4032F

Comparative Transitional Justice

24

8

AND/OR

POL5037S

Post-Conflict Justice in Africa

24

9

One course from List A (not applicable if both core courses above are selected). The remaining course(s) to be selected from List B or the internship option to a total of 96 credits for courses, subject to approval of the Convener.

At Honours level relevant research methods requirements are integrated as part of POL4007H Research Essay/Project.

Master’s students are required to complete a minor dissertation (96 credits) and taught courses (minimum 96 credits) of which no more than two may be at HEQSF level 8.

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

POL4032F

Comparative Transitional Justice
(if not done at Honours level)

24

8

AND/OR

POL5037S

Post-Conflict Justice in Africa
(if not done at Honours level)

24

9

POL5010W

Minor Dissertation

96

9

One course from List B or Internship option. The remaining course/s to be selected from List A or B to a total of 96 credits for courses. If both core courses have been completed at honours level then a course(s) from List A must be selected, subject to approval of the Convener

Internship: A part-time internship with a human rights or other approved NGO may be substituted as the equivalent of one of the elective courses (but not for a core course).

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

POL4005H

Internship Component I (Honours level)
(May not be offered in 2016)

24

8

POL5005H

Internship Component II (Master’s level)
(May not be offered in 2016

24

9

Elective courses – List A:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

AXL4104F

Gender, Peace and Justice
(Not offered in 2016)

24

8

HST5014F

Traumatic Traces: History, Memory and Beyond

30

9

PBL5631S

International Protection of Human Rights

30

9

PBL5634F

Human Rights Law

30

9

PBL5647S

Social Justice, Law and Development

30

9

PBL5815F

Punishment and Human Rights
(Not offered in 2016)

30

9

PBL5822S

Victims and Victimology

30

9

POL4039F

Peace Operations in World Politics
(Not offered in 2016)

24

8

POL4048F

Dialectical Political Thought

24

8

POL5029S

Political Ethics

24

9

POL5034S

Conflict in Africa (Not offered in 2016)

24

9

POL5042F

Peace-building: Issues & Problems

24

9

POL5046S

Democratisation

24

9

Elective courses – List B:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

AXL4101F

Gender and Violence

24

8

AXL4103S

Development, Conflict and Political Change

24

8

AXL4106F

Introduction to Gender and Transformation

24

8

AXL4402S

Anthropology of Societies in Transition

24

8

AXL5402F

Anthropology of Development

24

9

CML4501F

Dispute Resolution

9

8

CML5631S

Mediation

30

9

CML5671S

Negotiation

30

9

ECO4114S

Economics of Conflict

14

8

HST4055S

Racism, Colonialism & Genocide

24

8

PBL5618S

International Law on Disputes and the Use of Force

30

9

PBL5623F

Governing Under the Constitution: Law and Practice

30

9

PBL5820F

Theories of Crime and Social Order

30

9

PHI4021S

Topics in Rational Decision Making

24

8

PHI4022F

Moral Philosophy

24

8

POL4044F

Global Political Thought

24

8

POL5001S

Comparative Politics

24

9

POL5041F/S

History of SA Political Thought
(Not offered in 2016)

24

9

POL5044S

South African Politics

24

9

SLL4001S

Representation of War in Fiction

24

8

PBL5648S

Social Justice in Practice (Not offered in 2016)

30

9

SOC4010F

Development Theory

12

8

SOC5012S

Sociology of Deviance

12

8

Research methods requirements

At Master’s level students whose thesis projects involve primary research, specialised data analysis or  fieldwork may take (an) additional elective option/s in research methods:

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

AXL4401F

Ethnographic Research Methods

24

8

HST4034F

Oral History: Method, Practice and Theory

24

8

POL5035F

Data Analysis in Political Sciences

12

9

SOC5030F

In-depth Interviewing and Analysis

12

9

SOC5052F

Survey Data Analysis

12

9

Students may select electives from list B or other electives appropriate to their programme and research interests, subject to approval by the Convener.

Honours or Master’s in Social Development [SWK03]

The Social Development specialisation prepares students for leadership, professional competency and research in the field of Social Development, Development Policy and Development Planning and Management. It highlights the links between national development processes and international systems of economic global governance and management.

Qualification name: BSocSc (Hons) specialising in Social Development
MSocSc specialising in Social Development
Delivery Mode and Duration: Honours: full-time over one year, contact
Master’s: full-time over one year; may be extended over 18 months, contact

General Entry requirements

  • Faculty admission requirements as set out under Rules FH3 and FM3 apply.

Honours Level:

  • Probation and Correctional Practice specialisation: a Bachelor’s degree with a major in a cognate field; registration as a social worker with the South African Council for Social Service Professions.
  • Social Development and Social Policy and Management specialisations: a Bachelor’s degree with a major in a cognate field; preference will be given to candidates with appropriate work experience.
  • Clinical Social Work specialisation: a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a major in Psychology; registration as a social worker with the South African Council for Social Service Professions. Preference will be given to candidates with 2 or more year’s generic Social Work experience.

Master’s Level:

  • The relevant UCT Honours level degree or equivalent.

Convener: Adjunct A/Prof E Atmore, BSocSc(SW) BSocSc(Hons)(Com Work) BSocSc(Hons)(SocPlan&Admin) MSocSc (SocPlan&Admin) Cape Town

Prescribed curriculum:

Core courses:

Honours: Total of 126 NQF credits

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

SWK4000F

Social Research

24

8

SWK4001S

Research Essay/Project

30

8

SWK4013F

Social Development: Theories and Applied Approaches

24

8

SWK4014S

Introduction to Social and Economic Development

24

8

SWK4026S

Development Planning

24

8

 

126 NQF credits

Master’s : Total of 192 NQF credits

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

SWK5000F

Comparative Social Policy in Africa

24

9

SWK5001W

Minor Dissertation

96

9

SWK5012H

Social Development Internship

24

9

SWK5014S

Social and Economic Development: Theory and Practice

24

9

SWK5056F

Social Inclusion and the Youth

12

9

SWK5057F

Peace-Community Development Nexus

12

9

 

192 NQF credits

Honours or Master’s in Social Policy and Management [SWK05]

The Social Policy and Management specialisation aims to equip persons managing social welfare, community and other social service organisations in both the public and private sectors with knowledge and skills in social policy and management.

Qualification name: BSocSc (Hons) specialising in Social Development
MSocSc specialising in Social Development

Delivery Mode and Duration: Honours: full-time over one year, contact
Master’s: full-time over one year (may be extended over 18 months), contact

General Entry Requirements

  • Faculty admission requirements as set out under Rules FH3 and FM3 apply.

Honours Level:

  • Probation and Correctional Practice specialisation: a Bachelor’s degree with a major in a cognate field; registration as a social worker with the South African Council for Social Service Professions.
  • Social Development and Social Policy and Management specialisations: a Bachelor’s degree with a major in a cognate field; preference will be given to candidates with appropriate work experience.
  • Clinical Social Work specialisation: a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a major in Psychology; registration as a social worker with the South African Council for Social Service Professions. Preference will be given to candidates with 2 or more year’s generic Social Work experience.

Master’s Level:

  • The relevant UCT Honours level degree or equivalent.

Acceptance is by selection on the recommendation of the Course Co-ordinator and the Head of Department.

Convener: A/Prof A de V Smit, BSocSc(SW) BCom(Hons) MPubAd Cape Town DPhil Stell

Prescribed curriculum:

Core courses:

Honours: Total of 126 NQF credits

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

SWK4000F

Social Research

24

8

SWK4001S

Research Essay/Project

30

8

SWK4011F

Organisation Theory

24

8

SWK4012S

Programme Planning and Management

24

8

SWK4026S

Development Planning

24

8

 

126 NQF credits

Master’s : Total of 192 NQF credits

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

SWK5000F

Comparative Social Policy in Africa

24

9

SWK5001W

Minor Dissertation

96

9

SWK5007F

Change Management and Strategic Leadership

24

9

SWK5009S

Financial and Information Management

24

9

SWK5013H

Social Policy and Management Internship

24

9

 

192 NQF credits

Honours or Master’s specialising in Development Studies [SOC05]

This specialisation prepares students for entry primarily into the professional development community. This community straddles many spheres including community and non-governmental organisations, research organisations, agencies at various levels of government, media organisations and possibly corporate social responsibility offices. It is envisaged that MPhil (Development Studies) graduates will eventually take leading positions in this community; developing and disseminating knowledge about those sectors of society worst affected by socio-economic inequity, and devising strategies for them to gain access to resources and grow their capacity to optimise these resources.

Qualification name: BA (Hons) /BSocSc (Hons) specialising in Development Studies
MPhil specialising in Development Studies

Delivery Mode and Duration: Honours: 1 year Contact, Fulltime
Master’s: 2 years Contact, Fulltime

General Entry requirements

  • Faculty requirements are set out under Rules FH3 and FM3.
  • Graduates with any majors or of specialisations within the social sciences.
  • Students from other specialisations and degrees may be admitted at the discretion of the Convener and the Postgraduate Committee of Sociology. Any student may be required to take appropriate supplementary access courses. Selection into this specialisation is not automatic and is dependent on good second-class passes at third year level.
  • Students are admitted either to the Honours or the MPhil; admission to the Honours does not imply automatic admission to the MPhil (i.e. at least 68%).

Convener: Dr J de Wet, MA PhD Cape Town

Prescribed curriculum:

Core courses:

Honours students are required to complete a research essay/project (30 NQF credits) and taught courses with a combined total of 96 NQF credits. [Total: 126 NQF credits]

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

SOC4000H

Research Essay/Project

30

8

SOC4010F

Development Theory

12

8

SOC4015F

Social Research Methods: Qualitative

12

8

SOC4028F

Social Theory

12

8

Select ONE of the following

SOC4013F

Social Research Methods: Quantitative

12

8

SOC4036U

Intro to Quantitative Research

12

8

And at least one of the following

SOC4003S

Labour Regulation

12

8

SOC4021S

Introduction to Political Ecology

12

8

SOC4027S

Development Sociology in Practice (Not offered in 2016)

12

8

OR: The remaining courses are to be selected from the electives offered in the department or, with the approval of the Convener and the relevant host department, in cognate departments of the University.

Master’s students are required to complete a minor dissertation (96 NQF credits) and taught courses with a combined total of 96 NQF credits of which no more than two can be at HEQSF level 8 (4000 level).

[Total: 192 NQF credits]

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

SOC5007F

Economic and Social Change

12

9

SOC5030F

In-depth Interviewing and Analysis

12

9

SOC5032W

Minor Dissertation (or minor dissertation in supervisor’s department )*

96

9

Select ONE of the following

SOC5036U

Quantitative Research Design

12

9

SOC5052F

Survey Data Analysis

12

9

And at least one of the following

AXL5402F

Anthropology of Development

24

9

SOC5010F

Advanced Development Theories

12

9

SOC5011S

Society and Natural Resources

12

9

SOC5024S

Development Theory and Practice

24

9

The remaining courses are to be selected from the electives offered in the department or, with the approval of the Convener and the relevant host department, in cognate departments of the University.

*Note: Other approved quantitative research methods courses can only be taken under exceptional circumstances with the approval of the Programme Convenor for which a Senate Concession is required.

Honours or Master’s specialising in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) [PHI03]

The PPE specialisation is an interdisciplinary specialisation incorporating courses and research in the three disciplines of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Students entering the specialisation must identify their primary disciplinary focus in order to be placed in a home department. While all PPE students will complete at least one course in each of the disciplines, their research (Honours essay/project or Master’s minor dissertation) will be based in their home department, with registration and supervision complying with that department’s requirements.

Qualification name: BA (Hons) /BSocSc (Hons) specialising in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
MPhil specialising in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Delivery Mode and Duration: Honours: Contact, 1 year and Fulltime
Master’s: Contact, 2 years and Fulltime

General Entry Requirements

  • A major, or its equivalent, in Philosophy, Politics or Economics,
  • A minor, defined as at least two semester courses at second year level in the other two disciplines (excluding the major),
  • Acceptance to the specialisation is at the discretion of the Convener and requires the recommendation of the Head of the Department in the home department selected by the applicant.

In addition, if Economics as home Department:

  • For Honours: 65% average for ECO3020F and ECO3021S, with no course less than 60%. Acceptance is conditional on passing the pre-Maths and Stats course ECO4112F.
  • For Master’s: An overall average result of not less than 65% must be achieved at Honours level.

In addition, if Politics as home Department:

  • For Honours: 68% average for at least two senior Politics courses. See Political Studies section in the handbook for further details of criteria taken into consideration in admission.
  • For Master’s: An overall average result of not less than 65% must be achieved at Honours level, plus a strong performance in the Honours research component.

In addition, if Philosophy as home Department:

  • For Honours: 70% average for the Philosophy major. Students who do not quite achieve this mark may be admitted to the specialisation at the discretion of the Head of Department.
  • For Master’s: An overall average result of not less than 70% must be achieved at Honours level, plus a strong performance in the Honours research component. Students who do not quite achieve this mark may be admitted to the specialisation at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Convener: Dr G Hull, BA (Hons) Cantab MPhil PhD London
Politics advisor: Prof A Seegers (), MA Pret PhD Loyola
Economics advisor: Prof J Burns, BCom(Hons) Natal MPhil Cantab PhD Massachusetts

Prescribed curriculum:

Core courses:

Honours students are required to complete five taught courses (min 90 credits) and a research essay (30 credits). [Total: 120-130 NQF credits]

Five courses: one course each in Philosophy, Politics and Economics to be selected from the elective options listed below, one elective from home department (ECO4006F OR ECO4007F OR ECO4016F if Economics is your home department) AND PHI4024F/S PPE Texts or elective (12 NQF credits, HEQSF Level 8).

PHI4019W Research Essay/Project OR POL4007H Research Essay/Project OR ECO4021W Research and Writing

Master’s students are required to complete a minor dissertation and four taught courses of which no more than two can be at HEQSF level 8 (4000 level). [Total: 192 NQF credits]

Four courses: one course each in Philosophy, Politics and Economics to be selected from the elective options listed below AND the remaining course in the chosen home department.

ECO5066W Minor Dissertation OR PHI5002W Minor Dissertation, OR POL5010W Minor Dissertation

Elective courses:

The following is a list of courses in the various disciplines from which students may select their course options. Subject to approval by the Convener, equivalent electives that are not listed below may be selected. Consult the course outlines in this Handbook for courses currently on offer in the various departments, as well as any listings in other, relevant faculty handbooks (Commerce and Humanities.)

Courses may be added or withdrawn according to circumstances each year. (Students need permission from the lecturer teaching the course)

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

PHILOSOPHY OPTIONS

PHI4004H

Philosophical Texts

24

8

PHI4012S

Philosophy of Psychology

24

8

PHI4015S

Contemporary Philosophy of Thought

24

8

PHI4021F

Topics in Rational Decision Making

24

8

PHI4022S

Moral Philosophy

24

8

PHI4023F

History of Philosophy

24

8

PHI5003F

Contemporary Metaphysics

24

9

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

PHI5004S

Truth (Not offered in 2016)

24

9

PHI5005S

Formal Logic (Not offered in 2016)

24

9

PHI5006W

Philosophical Texts

24

9

PHI5007F

Philosophy of Science (Not offered in 2016)

24

9

PHI5008S

Moral Philosophy

24

9

PHI5009F

Topics in Rational Decision Making

24

9

PHI5010S

Contemporary Philosophy of Thought

24

9

ECONOMICS OPTIONS

ECO4006F

Macro-economics

16

8

ECO4007F

Micro-economics

16

8

ECO4013S

International Finance

14

8

ECO4016F

Econometrics

14

8

ECO4020S

Economic Challenges in Africa

14

8

ECO4026S

The Economy and its Financial Markets

14

8

ECO4027S

Survey Data

14

8

ECO4028S

Policy Analysis

14

8

ECO4032S

Economics of Industry, Regulation and Firms

14

8

ECO4051S

Development Economics

14

8

ECO4052S

Environmental Economics

14

8

ECO4053S

Financial Economics

14

8

ECO4113S

Labour Economics

14

8

ECO4114S

The Economics of Conflict, War and Peace

14

8

ECO5020F

Advanced Micro-economics

30

9

ECO5021F

Advanced Macro-economics

30

9

ECO5026S

Industrial Organisation

30

9

ECO5030S

Economic Growth

30

9

ECO5046F

Advanced Econometrics

30

9

ECO5052S

Natural Resource Economics

30

9

ECO5062S

Applied International Trade

30

9

ECO5064S

Institutional Behavioural Economics

30

9

ECO5069S

Applied Time Series Analysis

30

9

ECO5070S

Micro-econometrics

30

9

ECO5073S

Problems of Globalisation, Industrialisation and Development

30

9

ECO5074F

Research and Policy Tools

30

9

ECO5075S

Macro-economic Policy Analysis

30

9

ECO5076S

Development Microeconomics

30

9

POLITICS OPTIONS

POL4002F

Theories of International Relations

24

8

POL4006F

Public Policy

24

8

POL4012F

Comparative Politics

24

8

POL4013S

Comparative Public Administration

24

8

POL4032F

Comparative Transitional Justice

24

8

POL4033F

African Politics

24

8

POL4039F

Peace Operations in World Politics (Not offered in 2016)

24

8

POL4044F

Global Political Thought

24

8

POL4048F

Dialectical Political Thought (Not offered in 2016)

24

8

POL4049S

Comparative Foreign Policy

24

8

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

POL5001S

Comparative Politics

24

9

POL5006F

Public Management

24

9

POL5007S

Policy Evaluation and Implementation

24

9

POL5019S

Public Sector Reform

24

9

POL5023S

Political Behaviour and Research

24

9

POL5026F

Special Topics (May not be offered in 2016)

24

9

POL5027F

Public Administration Thought

24

9

POL5029S

Political Ethics (Not offered in 2016)

24

9

POL5032F

International Political Economy

24

9

POL5034F

Conflict in Africa

24

9

POL5035F

Data Analysis in Political Science

24

9

POL5036S

Special Topics II (May not be offered in 2016)

24

9

POL5037S

Post-conflict Justice in Africa

24

9

POL5042F

Peace-building: Issues & Problems

24

9

POL5044S

South African Politics

24

9

POL5045S

Third World Politics

24

9

POL5046S

Democratisation

24

9

Master of Education specialising in Education Policy, Leadership and Change

The Master's qualification offered by the School can be pursued either by coursework or by research only. This is one of nine (9) possible areas of M.Ed. specialisation.

Qualification name: MEd specialising in Education Policy, Leadership and Change
Delivery Mode and Duration: Most programmes, unless specified otherwise, offer full-time courses and intakes are in February and July each year

General Entry requirements

(a) Faculty rules FM3 and University General Rules apply.
(b) An average mark of 65% or more at the Honours level.
(c) Acceptance is on the recommendation of the Head of Department

Convener: Mr J D Gilmour

Prescribed curriculum:

Core courses:

Master’s: Total of 180 NQF credits

Course Code

Title

NQF Credits

HEQSF Level

EDN5500W

Minor Dissertation

90

9

EDN5501F/S

Advanced Research Design

0

9

Elective courses (three from the list below):

EDN5524F

Education Development & Reform

30

9

EDN5525S

Education Policy & Change

30

9

EDN5526F

School Leadership & Change in Context

30

9

One 30 NQF credit elective course chosen in consultation with stream leader

 

180 NQF credits