Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Human and Social Studies)

Qualification stream: Public Administration and Communication Facilitation
Qualification code: 02291 - PAF
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 15936
APS/AS: 20
NO new registration will be accepted from 2020. This degree has 30 modules, 10 modules on first, and second and third year level. Communication Science (COM) and Public Administration (PUB) are the major subjects. Students who passed SCK1502 will retain credits for BSW1502 and PYC2604 will retain credits for PYC2614. ENN103F has been replaced by ENG1503, students who have already passed ENN103F may not register ENG1503.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification will produce much-needed professionals to enter or to specialise in Health Promotion and related health profession fields.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COM1501 - Fundamentals of Communication
COM1502 - Communication Contexts and Applications
ENG1503 - Academic Language and Literacy in English
INS1502 - Developing Information Skills for Lifelong Learning
PUB1501 - The Nature, Content and Scope of Public Administration
PUB1601 - The Structuring and Functioning of Public Services Co-requisite:PUB1501
Group B. Select 4 from the following:
AFK1501 - Voetspore: Op reis deur die Afrikaanse Letterkunde
AFK1502 - Basic Text Skills (Afrikaans)
AFL1501 - Language Through an African Lens
AFL1502 - African Language and Culture in Practice
APY1501 - Anthropology in a Diverse World
CMH1501 - Comprehensive Primary Health Care I
CMH1502 - Comprehensive Primary Health Care II
CMY1501 - Introduction to Criminology: Crime, Offenders and Criminal Behaviour
CMY1502 - Introduction to Criminology: Victims and Reduction of Crime
ENG1501 - Foundations in English Literary Studies
ENG1502 - Foundations in English Language Studies
FUR2601 - Fundamental Rights Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & PLS1502 (Not applicable to 02291, 99301, 99302, 99303, 99304 & BTPLC, however JUST PLS1502 is not applicable to 98218, 98220, 98681, 98683 & 90002, but only until 2021)
GGH1502 - World Issues: A Geographical Perspective
IOP1501 - Psychological Processes in Work Context
IPC1501 - Fundamentals of International Politics
IPC1502 - South Africa in International Politics
MNB1501 - Business Management IA
MNB1601 - Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 (except for qualification code 90017)
PLC1501 - Politics as Social Activity
PLC1502 - Understanding the State
PLS1502 - Introduction to African Philosophy
PLS2601 - Critical Reasoning
SOC1501 - Community, Society and Inequality in a Globalised World: Introduction to Sociology
SOC1502 - Understanding South Africa: Families, Education, Identities and Inequality

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COM2601 - Organisational Communication
COM2602 - Integrated Organisational Communication
COM2603 - Intercultural, Development and Health Communication
PUB2601 - Foundations of Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
Group B. Select 3 from the following:
PUB2602 - Protection Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2603 - Creation of Wealth Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2604 - Welfare and Social Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2605 - Culture and Education Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2606 - Environmental Affairs Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 (NOT applicable to 98052-ECH, 98052-XEC and 98055)
Group C. Select 1 from the following:
AFL2601 - Communication Dynamics in African Languages
AFL2602 - Understanding African Management Practices as Reflected in African Languages Literature and Texts
AFL2603 - Literature and Society: a Perspective on African Languages
ENG2601 - Applied English Language Studies: Further Explorations Pre-requisite:ENG1502
ENG2602 - Genres in Literature and Language: Theory, Style and Poetics Pre-requisite:ENG1501 & ENG1502
ENG2603 - Colonial and Postcolonial African Literatures Pre-requisite:ENG1501 & ENG1502
MNM2612 - E-Commerce in Business Pre-requisite:MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1601
Group D. Select 2 from the following:
ADL2601 - Administrative Law Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & SJD1501 (Not applicable to 02291, 99303, 99304 & 99311)
CMY2601 - Crime Risk Perspectives
CMY2602 - Principles of Crime Prevention, Reduction and Control
COM2604 - Media Studies: Mass Communication and Media Theory
COS2661 - Formal Logic II Pre-requisite:COS1501 (or XOS1501)
CSL2601 - Constitutional Law Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & PLS1502 (Not applicable to 02291, 99303 & 99304 however, JUST PLS1502 is not applicable to 98681 & 90002, but only until 2021)
DVA3701 - Development Theories
ECS2601 - Microeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1501
ECS2602 - Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2603 - South African Economic Indicators Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2604 - Labour Economics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2606 - Environmental Economics
GGH2601 - The African Challenge: People and Environment
GGH2602 - The Geography of Services Provision
GGH2603 - The Interpretation of Maps, Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images
GGH2604 - People and the Environment
GGH2605 - Environmental Politics
GGH2606 - Geography of Tourism
INS2601 - Exploring Information user Studies Pre-requisite:INS1501 or INS101U
IOP2601 - Organisational Research Methodology
IOP2602 - Organisational Psychology Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2603 - Ergonomics Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2604 - Psychological Adjustment in the Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2608 - Forensic Industrial Psychology
IPC2601 - International Organisations
IPC2602 - International Political Dynamics
MNE2601 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Pre-requisite:MNB1501 & MNB1601
MNG2601 - General Management
MNM2602 - Essentials of Marketing
MNP2602 - Supply Chain Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601
PLC2601 - Understanding Political Behaviour and Participation
PLC2602 - Politics and Public Policy
PLS2607 - Philosophy of Science
PSC2601 - South African Politics
PSC3701 - Contemporary issues in Politics: Capita Selecta
PSC3702 - Political Conflict and Conflict Resolution
PSC3703 - Political Knowledge
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
PYC2602 - Child and Adolescent Development
PYC2603 - Adulthood and Maturity
PYC2605 - HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling
PYC2606 - Basic Measurement and Questionnaire Design
PYC2614 - Community psychology: Building foundations
SOC2601 - Theories of Social Change Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
SOC2602 - Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group B. Select 5 from the following:
PUB3701 - Public Management Skills Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 (NOT applicable to 98052-EBO, XEB, 98052-ECH, XEC, 98052-EZO, XEZ and 98055)
PUB3702 - Public Human Resource Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3703 - Public Policy Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3704 - Organisational Studies in the Public Sector Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3705 - Public Financial Administration and Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3706 - Reflective Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3707 - Ethics in Public Administration and Administrative Justice Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
Group C. Select 5 from the following:
COM3701 - Marketing Communication
COM3702 - Media Studies: Institutions, Theories and Issues
COM3703 - Media Studies: Content, Audiences and Production
COM3704 - New Media Technology
COM3705 - International Communication
COM3706 - Communication Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601 or RSC201H
COM3707 - Political and Government Communication and Media Ethics
COM3708 - Advertising and Public Relations