BA Hons in Development Studies

General

Program Description

Students must complete five courses in the Development Studies Honours programme: three are compulsory and two are electives. One of these courses is an independent research paper carried out under the supervision of an academic in the Department.

There are five courses in the Honours programme:

The first course, offered in the first semester, is a compulsory theory course that delves into the undergirding of Development Studies by adopting an approach based on what we call ‘historical political economy’. It combines classical social theory and political economy with history and policy analysis, tackling the academic and policy discourses that have evolved in this discipline in the last fifty years within their global political and economic context.

The second course is also compulsory and offered in the first semester. It consists of two papers, namely Methodology and Statistics.

The third compulsory course is an independent research paper completed in the 2nd semester, based on fieldwork confronting a problem or issue in Development Studies. The topics for this course are developed in the methodology course.

The other two courses can be taken from a wide variety of other Development Studies courses – for example ‘Nature and Society’, offered jointly with Anthropology – and can include another social science offering related to Development Studies at the Honours level.

Admission requirements

A Degree with a major in Development Studies and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Development Studies applicants (for the honors Degree) from other social science degrees with Development studies content are encouraged, and will be processed through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning committee.

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.

Contact details

Name: Prof David Moore
Tel: 011 559 2979/2859 / Email: dbmoore@uj.ac.za

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

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