The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. Our curriculum develops an innovative participation studies approach that addresses the specific communicative, cultural and social contexts in which we operate. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible programme, the BA Hons in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness.

This qualification comprises five modules: Communication, Media and Society; Research Methodology; Contemporary Issues in Communication; Communication for Social Change; and the Research Essay. Each module is designed to introduce the student to a range of pertinent concerns in contemporary society. The Contemporary Issues module studies the context within which new media has evolved, the workings of new media and its impact on society. Communication for Social Change investigates the developed-developing nature of South African society as it is applied to various communication contexts. Communication, Media, and Society provides a theoretical backdrop against which these are studied, and Research Methodology prepares the student for their research component (research essay).

Admission requirements

The admission requirements are specified by the general University entrance requirements, not excluding the discretion of the Postgraduate Admission Committee or the Head of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Ms Tamsin van Tonder
Tel: 011 559 3076 / Email:

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 6, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
1 year
5,000 USD
Tuition estimate per year | Accommodation estimate: USD 2500 per year
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