Department of Development Studies

Development Studies is a multidisciplinary subject that incorporates all aspects of development throughout the world, more specifically, the developing world. The initial emphasis falls on the rather diverse concept of poverty and all its manifestations. This subject addresses the numerous global challenges that are faced in the developing world and identifies the possible solutions. Development Studies as a study field deals with development efforts through reform, capacity building and empowerment.

The study of this subject will be of great value to all those who are involved in one way or another in development.  This holds true for the person responsible for the day to day management of development, but also for the policy maker and the strategic manager. A knowledge of this subject can also be put to good use by personnel officers in the private sector and the public sector at local, provincial and national level.  This subject endeavours to create "new professionalism" among those involved in development that will enable people at the grassroots level to take responsibility for their own development.  Finally, this subject can give context and understanding for the person not directly involved in development, but nonetheless fulfilling a function in developing countries such as South Africa.

Contact us

Physical Address
Department of Development Studies
TvW building 04-30,
Unisa Main Campus

Postal Address
Department of Development Studies
P. O. Box 392


Ms BB Mabota
Tel: +27 (0) 12 429 6813

Ms PLM Masemola
Tel: +27 (0) 12 429 4035

Last modified: Sun Oct 09 08:56:12 SAST 2016