Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies

Qualification code: 99303
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 101236
APS/AS: 20
Rules:
The degree must have a total of 30 modules and Politics as a major subject. EQUIVALENT qualification prior to 2012: BA Human and Social Studies (with specialisation in Policy Studies) 02291-PS9. Students who passed DVA1601 will retain credits for DVA1502; DVA3702 will retain credits for DVA2603.
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 via distance learning mode.

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.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • 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

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
PLC2601 - Understanding Political Behaviour and Participation
PLC2602 - Politics and Public Policy
PSC2601 - South African Politics
RSC2601 - Research in Social Sciences
Group B. Select 3 from the following:
PUB2602 - Protection Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 or PUB1018 & PUB1029
PUB2603 - Creation of Wealth Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 or PUB1018 & PUB1029
PUB2604 - Welfare and Social Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 or PUB1018 & PUB1029 (Not applicable to 0216X, 03425, NDCRS & NDCSM)
PUB2605 - Culture and Education Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 or PUB1018 & PUB1029
PUB2606 - Environmental Affairs Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 or PUB1018 & PUB1029 (NOT applicable to 98052-ECH, 98052-XEC and 98055)
Group C. Select 3 from the following:
ADL2601 - Administrative Law Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & SJD1501 (Not applicable to 02291, 99303, 99304 & 99311)
COM2602 - Integrated Organisational Communication
COM2603 - Intercultural, Development and Health Communication
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)
ECS2601 - Microeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1501 (ECS1016)
ECS2602 - Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
ECS2603 - South African Economic Indicators Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
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)
GGH2602 - The Geography of Services Provision
GGH2604 - People and the Environment
IOS2601 - Interpretation of Statutes Pre-requisite:ILW1501 (Not applicable to 98318, 99303 & 99304)
SOC2602 - Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502

Third level