Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Political Leadership and Citizenship

Qualification code: 99304
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 101237
APS/AS: 20
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 Political Leadership and Citizenship) 02291-PL9. Students who passed DVA1601 will retain credits for DVA1502. ENN103F has been replaced by ENG1503, students who have already passed ENN103F may not register ENG1503.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification include: 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
COM1502 - Communication Contexts and Applications
IPC1502 - South Africa in International Politics
PLC1501 - Politics as Social Activity
PLC1502 - Understanding the State
Group B. Select 1 from the following:
ECS1501 - Economics IA
MNB1501 - Business Management IA
Group C. Select 1 from the following:
AFK1501 - Voetspore: Op reis deur die Afrikaanse Letterkunde
AFK1502 - Basic Text Skills (Afrikaans)
AFK1503 - Contemporary Afrikaans: Language Studies and Written Communication
AFL1501 - Language Through an African Lens
AFL1502 - African Language and Culture in Practice
ARB1501 - Elementary Arabic
ENG1501 - Foundations in English Literary Studies
ENG1502 - Foundations in English Language Studies
ENG1503 - Academic Language and Literacy in English
ENN1504 - Practising Workplace English
FRC1501 - French Language and Culture: Beginners
FRC1502 - French Language and Culture: Lower Intermediate Pre-requisite:FRC1501 or FRC101Q or Equivalent
ICS1501 - An Introduction to Islam
MAN1501 - Mandarin Chinese: Beginners
MAN1502 - Mandarin Chinese: Elementary Level Pre-requisite:MAN1501 or MAN101R
PTU1501 - Portuguese Language and Culture: Beginners
PTU1502 - Portuguese Language and Culture: Lower Intermediate Pre-requisite:PTU1501 or PTU101M
Group D. Select 2 from the following:
DVA1502 - Development Problems and Institutions
ECS1601 - Economics IB Pre-requisite:ECS1501
MNB1601 - Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 (except for qualification code 90017)
PUB1601 - The Structuring and Functioning of Public Services Co-requisite:PUB1501
Group E. Select 2 from the following:
APC1501 - Political Evolution of the African State
APC1502 - The Politics of Contemporary Africa
CMM1501 - Ethics and Life Co-requisite:CGM1501
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
GGH1502 - World Issues: A Geographical Perspective
INF1505 - Introduction to Business Information Systems
PYC1502 - Psychology in Society
SOC1502 - Understanding South Africa: Families, Education, Identities and Inequality
STA1510 - Basic Statistics

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APC2601 - Political Change in Contemporary Africa
IPC2601 - International Organisations
PLC2601 - Understanding Political Behaviour and Participation
PLC2602 - Politics and Public Policy
PSC2601 - South African Politics
Group B. Select 5 from the following:
ADL2601 - Administrative Law Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & SJD1501 (Not applicable to 02291, 99303, 99304 & 99311)
APC2602 - Political Economy of Africa
COM2601 - Organisational Communication
COM2604 - Media Studies: Mass Communication and Media Theory
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
ECS2602 - Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2603 - South African Economic Indicators Pre-requisite:ECS1601
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)
IOS2601 - Interpretation of Statutes Pre-requisite:ILW1501 (Not applicable to 98318, 99303 & 99304)
IPC2602 - International Political Dynamics
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
RSC2601 - Research in Social Sciences
SOC2602 - Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502

Third level