Research Essay: The research essay covers methodology, theory and the application thereof in an actual research essay.

Theory and Historiography: The examination paper covers theory and philosophy of History as well as general and South African historiography

African History: Themes covering the historical development of Africa are presented.

Themes in the History of Asia: This paper offers a selection of themes in the history of the great divergence between the Asian civilizations and the western civilization, since the fifteenth century; India, South East Asia, Japan and China.

South African History: Themes in nineteenth-century history before 1865: British rule, debates on the urban middle-class formation, Mfecane, Great Trek, Cape Liberalism, leaders in the interior, economic relations.

Themes in Economic History: Various themes in theories of economic growth, development, the role of business and institutions – applied to case studies.

History of the USA: Themes in the cultural, social, political and diplomatic history of the USA since the colonial period to the present. Themes to address issues of gender and family, race and the development of the American society since colonial times to the present, civil rights and political rights.

Specialisation course: Independent study of a specialized theme under academic supervision.

Family and Social History: The smallest, yet most significant, unit of society is the family. This course investigates changing notions of what constitutes a family and how it operated within society from the early modern period till postmodernity.

Themes covered include: demographic developments; parenthood and childhood; the economics and politics of families; broken and alternative families (particularly the impact of slavery) and the interaction between families, societies and government. Examples are taken from Europe, the Americas and South Africa.

Admission requirements

To gain entrance into this programme a student needs to have Historical Studies 3A and 3B, with an average mark of 65%.

Contact details

Name: Prof Louis Grundlingh
Tel: 011 559 2007 / Email:

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