Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Qualification code: 90079
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 101252
APS/AS: 20
This qualification consists of 30 modules 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. Some of the pre-requisites and/ or co-requisites outlined in this qualification may not apply as they do not form part of the curriculum.
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 (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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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)

First level

Students who have passed HSY1502 will be credited for the following module HSY1512.
ENN103F has been replaced by ENG1503, students who have already passed ENN103F may not register

Second level

Students who wish to major in Economics on the third level MUST register ECS2601 and ECS2602.
However, if Economics is not your major, the student must still do either ECS2601 or ECS2602

Third level

ECS3706 pre-requisites are ECS2601, ECS2602 and (DSC1520 or QMI1500 or [STA1501 and STA1502]),
however, DCS1520, QMI1500, STA1501 and STA1502 are not part of the curriculum.

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group B. PHILOSOPHY as FIRST MAJOR: select 5; as SECOND MAJOR: select 4; if THIRD MAJOR: select 1
PLS3701 - Theoretical and Applied Ethics
PLS3702 - Modern Philosophy
PLS3703 - Advanced African Philosophy
PLS3705 - Political Philosophy
PLS3709 - Advanced Western Philosophy
Group C. POLITICS as FIRST MAJOR: select 5; as SECOND MAJOR: select 4; if THIRD MAJOR: select 1
PLC3701 - Political Ideas
PLC3702 - Democracy and Other Forms of Regime
PLC3703 - Political Development and Political Economy
PSC3702 - Political Conflict and Conflict Resolution
PSC3703 - Political Knowledge
Group D. ECONOMICS as FIRST MAJOR: select 5; as SECOND MAJOR: select 4; if THIRD MAJOR: select 1
ECS3701 - Monetary Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2602
ECS3702 - International Trade Pre-requisite:ECS2601
ECS3703 - International Finance Pre-requisite:ECS2602
ECS3704 - Public Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601
ECS3705 - History of Economic Thought Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602
ECS3706 - Econometrics Pre-requisite:ECS2601, ECS2602 & (DSC1520 or QMI1500 or [STA1501 & STA1502])
ECS3707 - Development Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602