Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science

Qualification code: 98051
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 14169
APS/AS: 20
Students who have passed HSY1501 and HSY1502 will be credited for the following modules: HSY1511 and HSY1512; DVA1601 will retain credits for DVA1502 and DVA3702 will retain credits for DVA2603 BUT must enrol for DVA3706 in order to complete the ten-modules major in Development Studies in a Bachelor's level programme.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to familiarise learners with the content and basic theories of a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, at the basic and intermediate level, and to provide them with a deeper grasp of one or more of these disciplines taken at exit level (level 7), as well as to enable them to place new knowledge in context and to use appropriate methods for seeking resolution of problems; To provide learners with a variety of basic scholarly and intellectual competencies, including the ability to question critically the assumptions of a limited range of theories and authorities, and to develop an understanding of elementary research methods used within one or more disciplines; To equip learners with the ability to give an accurate account of scholarly positions and the competence to express their own opinions clearly and coherently, both in written and oral communication; To prepare learners for post learner study; To provide learners with a well-rounded and broad education across a number of disciplines, thus preparing them for a wide range of professions crucial to the welfare of society; To produce learners who are able to think laterally, critically and creatively; To produce learners who are prepared for life-long learning; To produce learners who understand the principles of, and are capable of critical citizenship.
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
CML1501 - Communication Law
COM1501 - Fundamentals of Communication
COM1502 - Communication Contexts and Applications
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
Group B. Select 3 from the following
AFK1501 - Voetspore: Op reis deur die Afrikaanse Letterkunde
AFL1501 - Language Through an African Lens
AFL1502 - African Language and Culture in Practice
APC1501 - Political Evolution of the African State
APC1502 - The Politics of Contemporary Africa
APY1501 - Anthropology in a Diverse World
ARH1501 - Visual Literacy
ARH1502 - Introduction to Art History
CMY1501 - Introduction to Criminology: Crime, Offenders and Criminal Behaviour
CMY1502 - Introduction to Criminology: Victims and Reduction of Crime
COS1511 - Introduction to Programming I
COS1512 - Introduction to Programming II Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511)
COS1521 - Computer Systems: Fundamental Concepts
DVA1501 - Introduction to Development Studies
DVA1502 - Development Problems and Institutions
ECS1501 - Economics IA
ECS1601 - Economics IB Pre-requisite:ECS1501
ENG1502 - Foundations in English Language Studies
GGH1501 - Know Your World: Introduction to Geography
GGH1502 - World Issues: A Geographical Perspective
HSY1512 - Southern Africa Until the Early 1800s: Encounters and Transformations
INF1511 - Visual Programming I
INF1520 - Human-Computer Interaction I
INS1501 - Introduction to Information Science
INS1502 - Developing Information Skills for Lifelong Learning
IOP1501 - Psychological Processes in Work Context
IOP1601 - Personality in Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1501
IPC1501 - Fundamentals of International Politics
IPC1502 - South Africa in International Politics
LIN1502 - Multilingualism: the Role of Language in the South African Context
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
PLS1501 - Introduction to Western Philosophy
PLS1502 - Introduction to African Philosophy
PSC2601 - South African Politics
PSC3702 - Political Conflict and Conflict Resolution
PUB1501 - The Nature, Content and Scope of Public Administration
PUB1601 - The Structuring and Functioning of Public Services Co-requisite:PUB1501
PYC1501 - Basic Psychology
PYC1502 - Psychology in Society
SOC1501 - Community, Society and Inequality in a Globalised World: Introduction to Sociology
SOC1502 - Understanding South Africa: Families, Education, Identities and Inequality
THL1501 - Introduction to Theory of Literature
THL1502 - Introduction to Literary Genres
Group C. Select 2 from the following:
AFK1502 - Basic Text Skills (Afrikaans)
ENG1501 - Foundations in English Literary Studies
ENN1504 - Practising Workplace English

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COM2601 - Organisational Communication
COM2602 - Integrated Organisational Communication
COM2603 - Intercultural, Development and Health Communication
COM2604 - Media Studies: Mass Communication and Media Theory
RSC2601 - Research in Social Sciences
TEX2601 - Writing Skills for the Communication Industry
Group B. Select 5 from the following:
AFK2601 - Genre and Theme
AFK2602 - Afrikaans Grammar Recommendation:It is recommended that students enroll for AFK1502 and AFK1503 before attempting this module
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
APC2601 - Political Change in Contemporary Africa
APC2602 - Political Economy of Africa
APY2601 - Anthropological Theory in Practice
APY2613 - Anthropology in an African Context
ARH2603 - Visual Culture I
DVA2601 - Projects and Programmes as Instruments of Development
DVA2602 - Community Development and the Basic Needs Approach
DVA2603 - Urban Development
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
GGH2601 - The African Challenge: People and Environment
HSY2601 - Themes in the 19th Century History: Power and the Western World Pre-requisite:(HSY1501 & HSY1502) or (HSY101D & HSY102E) or (HSY1511 & HSY1512)
INS2602 - Investigating Information Ethics in the Information Era
INS2603 - Introducing Information Management
IOP2602 - Organisational Psychology Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IPC2601 - International Organisations
IPC2602 - International Political Dynamics
LIN2602 - Language in a Changing World
LIN3705 - Text Structure and Function
MNM2602 - Essentials of Marketing
MNM2605 - Consumer Behaviour Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501
PLC2601 - Understanding Political Behaviour and Participation
PLC2602 - Politics and Public Policy
PLS3701 - Theoretical and Applied Ethics
PUB2601 - Foundations of Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2603 - Creation of Wealth Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
SOC2601 - Theories of Social Change Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
SOC2602 - Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
THL2601 - Theory of the Sign in Literature and Culture Pre-requisite:THL1501 or THL801U
WLL2602 - Film, Literature and Society

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
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
TEX3701 - Persuasive Texts
Group B. Select 1 from the following:
AFK3702 - Comparatism: Intertextual Dialogues
AFK3704 - Afrikaans Beyond Boundaries: an Interdisciplinary Perspective
APC3701 - The Politics of Southern Africa
APY3702 - Applied Anthropology: Contemporary Human Issues and the Practice of Anthropology
APY3703 - Themes in Anthropology: The Relevance of Ritual
ARH3703 - Visual Culture II
DVA3701 - Development Theories
DVA3703 - Development Policy and Strategies
DVA3704 - Development Planning
DVA3705 - Empowerment and Popular Initiatives
DVA3706 - Rural Development
ENG3701 - The History and Spread of English Pre-requisite:ENG2601, ENG2602 & ENG2603
ENG3702 - The English Language: Context and Purpose Pre-requisite:ENG2601, ENG2602 & ENG2603
ENG3703 - Theoretical Approaches to English Language and Literature Pre-requisite:ENG2601, ENG2602 & ENG2603
ENG3704 - Shakespeare's Dramatic Art Pre-requisite:ENG2601, ENG2602 & ENG2603
ENG3705 - Modern and Postmodern Literature in English Pre-requisite:ENG2601, ENG2602 & ENG2603
HSY3701 - Decolonisation, Independence and Social Change in Modern Africa
INS3705 - Information and Knowledge Management
MNM3702 - Marketing Research Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM2605 or MNM2611 or MNM2614
PLC3701 - Political Ideas
PLC3702 - Democracy and Other Forms of Regime
PLS3705 - Political Philosophy
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
PUB3704 - Organisational Studies in the Public Sector Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PYC3701 - Social Psychology
PYC3705 - Transformative Counselling Encounters
SOC3702 - Industrial Sociology
SOC3704 - Group Dynamics
THL3705 - Literary Theory in Context Pre-requisite:THL2601