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African Studies

Do you want to know about Africa, Africanness, the African Diaspora and the African Renaissance? This BA Programme looks at debates about how Africa has been constructed historically and how it is represented in the contemporary world. It also tackles relevant cultural, economic and political issues that have a bearing on understanding Africa in the context of globalisation

The programme is interdisciplinary in approach and will equip you with intellectual and technical skills to engage in researching, writing and reporting on socio-economic, political and cultural connections between South African society and a larger African community and the world.

The African Studies Programme permits specialised application in three broad fields:

politics and society
culture, arts, heritage and tourism
languages and literatures

What is the purpose of the BA in African Studies?

  • to provide learners with knowledge and specific skills relating to African Studies
  • to make learners aware of the constructions of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • to introduce learners to various representations of African identities, cultures, landscapes, histories and politics in academic disciplines and the popular media

What career opportunities will be open to you?

public service, journalism, tourism and the heritage industry, education, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and business

What modules are available for you to study?

The curriculum comprises 10 first-level, 10 second-level and 10 third-level modules.

Majors in any one or two of the following disciplines:

  • African History (9 modules across levels 1-3)
  • African Languages (9 modules across levels 1-3)
  • African Politics (9 modules across levels 1-3)

Other core modules from any of the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • English
  • Geography
  • Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Visual Arts

Specialised compulsory modules in African Studies and Research Methodology:

  • Introduction to African Studies (HAP101-Y)
  • Research Methodology (RSC201-H)
  • Africa and the World: Studies in Representation (HAP301-9)

And elective modules in the following three fields to make up the balance of the modules required at levels 1 to 3:

Culture/Arts/Heritage (Musicology, Classics, Transport Economics (Tourism), etc.)

Politics/Society (eg. Economics, Education, Law, etc.)

Languages/Literatures (eg. Communication, Theory of Literature, Linguistics, etc.)

Postgraduate Studies

After you have graduated, you may continue your studies at postgraduate level in any of your major disciplines.

For more information:

Prof Greg Cuthbertson (Co-ordinator), Department of History, University of South Africa, PO Box 392, PRETORIA 0003, Phone: (012) 429-6268, Fax: (012) 429-3221

 

Global Studies

This interdisciplinary programme has been specifically designed for you if you:

  • want to understand the relations between nation states, cultures and socio-economic systems
  • want to understand the importance of ethnic, religious and cultural identities in a global context
  • want to relate your local community to a wider international framework
  • want to analyse critically the impact of international developments on your own situation

This programme will provide you with skills in:

  • accessing, analysing and using information from a range of sources organising material so that it can be used in a number of specific careers
  • resolving political, social, cultural and religious controversies and conflicts

In what way will the BA in Global Studies be relevant to my career and choice of profession?

This programme will equip you with a thorough knowledge of the relevant aspects of globalisation and with skills relating to international political, economic, social and cultural relations. It can enhance your understanding of South Africa's specific place not only in an African context, but also in a global framework. This programme is therefore important for a wide range of careers, such as journalism, public administration, teaching, international trade and finance, politics, diplomatic service, trade unions, non-governmental organizations, research.

What modules can I choose for the BA in Global Studies?

This interdisciplinary programme is based on four core subjects: Geography, History, International Politics and Sociology. You can structure your studies around two majors or one major and two sub-majors, depending on your professional and academic interests. Apart from the core subjects, you have the choice from a large variety of optional modules.

First level Global Studies:

Ten first-level modules must be chosen: six core, one fundamental ( from language of instruction) and three elective modules OR six core and four elective modules. Among the optional modules, you can choose from Communication, Law, Modern Languages, Information Science, Philosophy, Economics and Management Sciences, Religious Studies, Theory of Literature, Classics, Musicology, Art History, Computer Science, Islamic Studies. You also can choose from one of the core subjects not taken at the core level.

Second level Global Studies:

Ten second-level modules must be chosen: six core modules from two to three of the core disciplines, one fundamental Research in the Social Sciences Module, and three second-level modules from the electives or from the core disciplines not chosen at core level.

Third level Global Studies:

Ten third-level modules must be chosen, nine to be be taken from the core disciplines studied at second level; and one Globalisation capstone module.

Postgraduate Studies

After you have graduated, you may continue your studies at postgraduate level in one of the core disciplines in which you majored.

For more information:

Dr Tilman Dedering or Dr Alex MoutonDepartment of History, University of South Africa, PO Box 392, PRETORIA 0003, Phone: (012) 429-6869/, Fax: (012) 429-3221

 

Historical Studies

This programme is for you if:

  • you are interested in the past and the way in which it impacts on the present
  • you want to gain a thorough understanding of the past you want to understand present-day developments in South Africa and throughout the world. If you register for this programme you will be exposed to a wide cultural background in historical studies
  • you want to receive an expert grounding in the historical sciences you want to understand the complex dynamics underlying modern societies
  • you want to be taught important analytical and writing skills. These are important skills whichever profession you choose to enter and will equip you to fill leadership and development positions in your own and in the broader community

What career opportunities will be open to you?

The ability to think critically and the possession of analytical and writing skills will prove valuable in any career you may wish to follow. The specific historical skills you will learn will give you access to a variety of specific career opportunities in education, community work, archaeology, archives and libraries, museums and art galleries, journalism, broadcasting and publishing, marketing, tourism and heritage studies, research, politics and in a range of governmental departments and NGOs.

What modules are available for you to study?

The programme offers many different ways of examining the past. If you register for it, you will be able to explore a variety of inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of history. These approaches are offered in a three-year degree programme consisting of thirty modules. While most of these modules are drawn from historical disciplines, there is also a wide range of optional modules from which to choose.

First Level BA Historical Studies:

Ten first-level modules must be chosen. These include a compulsory General History Skills module; six modules, to be selected from a maximum of three of the core disciplines: History, Archaeology, Ancient History, Church History, History of Religion, Biblical Archaeology, Art History, History of Music; and three modules which may be taken from any of the core disciplines not selected, or from African Politics, Ancient Near Eastern Culture, Anthropology, Classical Culture, Information Science, International Politics, Islamic Studies, Judaica, Philosophy and Logic, Politics, Sociology, Theory of Literature, Visual Art.

Second Level BA Historical Studies:

Ten second-level modules, chosen from two to three of the core disciplines selected at first level; and four modules chosen from second-level modules not selected at the core, or from Information Science. If two of the core disciplines are chosen, the degree will be awarded with two majors; if three of the core disciplines are chosen, the degree will be awarded with one major and two sub-majors.

Third Level BA Historical Studies:

Ten third-level modules, nine to be be chosen from the core disciplines studied at second level; and one Historical Studies capstone module.

Postgraduate Studies:

After you have graduated, you may continue your studies at postgraduate level in one of the core disciplines in which you majored. Alternatively you may choose to register for an MA in Historical Studies.

For more information: Prof J Brits, Department of History, University of South Africa, PO Box 392, PRETORIA 0003