Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Anthropology

Qualification code: 99403
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 101069
APS/AS: 60
This qualification consists of 5 modules. This qualification can be completed in one year. Students choosing to do it over more than one year are advised to register for the Research Report in their final year of study. APY4801 and APY4813 is offered ONLY in Semester 1 of each year, and APY4802 and APY4804 is offered ONLY in Semester 2 of each year. Students must adhere to undergraduate enrolment dates. Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer or laptop, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the BA (Hons.) in Anthropology degree is to assist graduates with cultivating an attitude of critical thinking and to assist with building a base of analytical, communication, data management, planning, problem-solving, writing and other research methodology skills which is in conversation with discipline-specific sensitivities as well as being useful for gainful employment in a variety of roles outside of the academy. In particular, this degree is decolonial in intent and the facilitation of learning associated with it seeks to place students at the centre so that graduates will have been stimulated to begin the process of self-actualising production of knowledge which is epistemically just for the contexts within which they find themselves in.
This qualification will be presented online only.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. 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. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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

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

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APY4801 - Introduction to Anthropological Research
APY4802 - African Ethnography
HRAAR81 - Anthropological and Archaeological Research Report Co-requisite:APY4801 or AGE4801
Group B. Select 2 from the following
APY4804 - Applied Anthropology
APY4813 - Theorizing Anthropology Co-requisite:APY4801
CHS4801 - Decoloniality: Africana Thought, Discourse and Critique