Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Qualification code: 90079
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 23375
APS/AS: 20
Rules:
EQUIVALENT qualification prior to 2016: Bachelor of Arts (PPE) - 02291 -PPE. Students who have passed HSY1501 and HSY1502 will be credited for the following modules: HSY1511 and HSY1512.
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.
  • 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

Students who wish to major in Economics on the third level MUST register ECS2601
ECS2602.

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group B. PHILOSOPHY as FIRST MAJOR: select 5; as SECOND MAJOR: select 4; if THIRD CHOICE: 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 CHOICE: 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 CHOICE: select 1
ECS3701 - Monetary Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2602 or ECS202B
ECS3702 - International Trade Pre-requisite:ECS2601 or ECS201A
ECS3703 - International Finance Pre-requisite:ECS2602 or ECS202B
ECS3704 - Public Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 or ECS201A
ECS3705 - History of Economic Thought Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602 or ECS201A & ECS202B
ECS3706 - Econometrics Pre-requisite:ECS2601, ECS2602 & (DSC1520 or QMI1500 or [STA1501 & STA1502])
ECS3707 - Development Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602 or ECS201A & ECS202B