BA in Social Sciences in South Africa

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A BA is a bachelor's degree offered by universities and institutions around the world for students who enroll in courses and study certain subjects such as the liberal arts or sciences. Earning a BA takes three or four years in most cases.

Social sciences help students to better understand the interactions and systems within human society. Topics covered may include how communities and populations form governments, make laws, develop economic systems, or how individuals make decisions.

Top Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Social Sciences in South Africa 2019

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BA Hons in Afrikaans

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

In die nagraadse programme in Afrikaans (Honneurs, Meestersgraad en Doktorsgraad) word menslike bestaan ondersoek deur te kyk na die simbole, mites, metafore en tekste wat die menslike bestaan medieer. Soos in al die ander geesteswetenskappe is begrip van die menslike bestaan die doel. In die vak Afrikaans is taal en tekste die middel tot hierdie doel. Om die mens en die manier waarop die mens die wêreld verstaan, te ondersoek, word die taal wat die mens gebruik om uitdrukking te gee aan hierdie wêreld, om sin te gee aan sigself en aan die wêreld waarin hy/sy leef, bestudeer. [+]

In die nagraadse programme in Afrikaans (Honneurs, Meestersgraad en Doktorsgraad) word menslike bestaan ondersoek deur te kyk na die simbole, mites, metafore en tekste wat die menslike bestaan medieer. Soos in al die ander geesteswetenskappe is begrip van die menslike bestaan die doel. In die vak Afrikaans is taal en tekste die middel tot hierdie doel. Om die mens en die manier waarop die mens die wêreld verstaan, te ondersoek, word die taal wat die mens gebruik om uitdrukking te gee aan hierdie wêreld, om sin te gee aan sigself en aan die wêreld waarin hy/sy leef, bestudeer.

Die honneurskursus bied ‘n inleidende oorsig tot die Afrikaanse taalen letterkunde en ‘n student behoort ‘n oorsig te hê oor Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis, maar ook ‘n agtergrond oor die deeglike ontleding van spesifieke tekste. Die vaardighede om verder onafhanklik te kan navorsing doen, word aangeleer.... [-]


BA in Psychology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with: a broad-based, strong and cohesive knowledge foundation for further studies in Psychology; a knowledge foundation for applied and fundamental research in Psychology; analytical, interpretive and integrative skills that have practical value for society as a whole; and the ability to reflect on Psychology and have a holistic view of Psychology and its applications in various contexts. [+]

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with: a broad-based, strong and cohesive knowledge foundation for further studies in Psychology; a knowledge foundation for applied and fundamental research in Psychology; analytical, interpretive and integrative skills that have practical value for society as a whole; and the ability to reflect on Psychology and have a holistic view of Psychology and its applications in various contexts.

The curriculum consists of a minimum of 22 semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules Psychology 1A&B Semester 1: Psychology 2A (Developmental Psychology) Semester 2: *Psychology 2D (Positive Psychology) OR *Psychology 2F (Contemporary Psychology) OR *Psychology 2H (Personality Psychology) OR Sport Psychology 2B (SPS2B21) Semester 1: Psychology 3A (Research Psychology) Semester 2: *Psychology 3D (Psychopathology) OR Psychology 3F (Psychotherapy: Theories and Models) 6 Semester 1: Psychology 2C (Social Psychology) Semester 2: *Psychology 2D (Positive Psychology) OR *Psychology 2F (Contemporary Psychology) OR *Psychology 2H (Personality Psychology) OR * Sport Psychology 2B (SPS2B21) *If this module has been selected as part of a major subject, it cannot be selected as a Psychology elective Semester 1: Psychology 3C (Child and Family Psychology) OR Psychology 3E (Community Psychology) OR Psychology 3G (Cognitive Psychology) Semester 2: Psychology 3D (Psychopathology)* OR Psychology 3F (Psychotherapy: Theories and Models) *If this module has been selected as part of a major subject, it cannot be selected as a Psychology elective 4 Second major 1A&B Second major 2A&B Second major 3A&B 6 Elective 1A&B Elective 2A&B... [-]

BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with research skills; theoretical and intellectual knowledge, critical reasoning abilities, problem solving skills, an understanding of the normative dimensions of politics and economics, including respect for human rights, and open and accountable government, defensible security and economic policies; and normative limits on the exercise of power and authority in political economic orders. [+]

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with research skills; theoretical and intellectual knowledge, critical reasoning abilities, problem-solving skills, an understanding of the normative dimensions of politics and economics, including respect for human rights, and open and accountable government, defensible security and economic policies; and normative limits on the exercise of power and authority in political economic orders.

The curriculum for the BA (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) programme consists of 24-semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules Politics 1A&1B Politics 2A&2B Politics 3A&3B 6 Economics 1A&1B Economics 2A&2B Economics 3A&3B 6 Philosophy 1A&1B Philosophy 2A&2B Philosophy 3A&3B 6 Elective 1A&1B Elective 1A&1B or 2A&2B 4 **English 1C&1D 2 10-semester modules 8-semester modules 6 semester modules 24 ... [-]

BA in Politics and International Relations

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with research skills; theoretical and intellectual knowledge; critical reasoning abilities; and problem-solving skills; an understanding of the normative dimensions of politics, including: respect for human rights, open and accountable government, competent governance, defensible security and economic policies and normative limits on the exercise of power and authority in political order. [+]

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with research skills; theoretical and intellectual knowledge; critical reasoning abilities; and problem-solving skills; an understanding of the normative dimensions of politics, including: respect for human rights, open and accountable government, competent governance, defensible security and economic policies and normative limits on the exercise of power and authority in political order.

The curriculum for the BA (Politics and International Relations) programme consists of 22 semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules Politics 1A&1B Politics 2A&2B Politics 3A&3B 6 Politics 2C&2D Politics 3C&3D 4 Second Major 1A&1B Second Major 2A&2B Second Major 3A&3B 6 Elective 1A&1B Elective 2A&2B 4 **English 1C&1D 2 8 semester modules 8 semester modules 4 semester modules 22 ... [-]

BA in Development Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

This degree is aimed at understanding the issues of poverty, inequality, injustices and changing societies. Students acquire knowledge as well as practical and academic skills with regard to the attempts to address these challenges by means of development projects, programmes and policies. This involves the management and evaluation of interventions as well as the contexts that are relevant. Development Studies is presented as multi-disciplinary and holistic. As one of the few undergraduate programmes in Development Studies in the country, this qualification is a strong basis for a career in the field of development or further study in Development Studies. [+]

This degree is aimed at understanding the issues of poverty, inequality, injustices and changing societies. Students acquire knowledge as well as practical and academic skills with regard to the attempts to address these challenges by means of development projects, programmes and policies. This involves the management and evaluation of interventions as well as the contexts that are relevant. Development Studies is presented as multi-disciplinary and holistic. As one of the few undergraduate programmes in Development Studies in the country, this qualification is a strong basis for a career in the field of development or further study in Development Studies.

The curriculum for BA (Development Studies) consists of 22-semester modules compiled as follows:... [-]


Bachelor of Arts (with four specilisations)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

This is a first formative qualification. A successful student will have acquired the intellectual competencies and practical skills to discuss, problematize and investigate human conduct and interaction, particularly in the South African context [+]

This is a first formative qualification. A successful student will have acquired the intellectual competencies and practical skills to discuss, problematize and investigate human conduct and interaction, particularly in the South African context.

There are four different clusters or specialization options in this programme to choose from. These options are listed below.

BA with specialization in Communication and Languages

The curriculum for the BA with specialization in Communication and Languages programme consists of 22-semester modules compiled as follows:

First Year Second Year Third Year Semester modules Communication or *Theory of Film and Television Studies 1A & 1B Communication or *Theory of Film and Television Studies 2A & 2B Communication or *Theory of Film and Television Studies 3A & 3B 6 Language major 1A & 1B Language major 2A & 2B Language major 3A & 3B 6 Elective 1A & 1B Elective 2A & 2B Elective 2A & 2B 6 **English 1C & 1D Elective 1A & 1B 4 8-semester modules 8-semester modules 6-semester modules 22 ... [-]

BA Hons in Industrial Psychology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The aim of the qualification is to develop the applied competence of the student in analysing, interpreting and understanding industrial psychology principles and methods. It further develops the intellectual, research and professional skills of the student. [+]

The aim of the qualification is to develop the applied competence of the student in analysing, interpreting and understanding industrial psychology principles and methods. It further develops the intellectual, research and professional skills of the student. The qualification prepares students to meaningfully contribute to organisations’ human resource acquisition, utilisation and development interventions. An industrial psychology Honours graduate will be able to apply for post-Honours training and internship programmes in psychometrics. Completion of such an internship will enable them to register as psychometrics with the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).... [-]


BA Hons in Sociology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The modules in the BA Honours (Sociology) programme offer students understanding of contemporary societal debates and concerns. Students explore social identities and societal structures, global and local linkages, as well as social change and strategies for social intervention. Considerable emphasis is placed on guiding students to conduct independent quantitative research. The programme offers skills in theory, report writing and problem-solving. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies and have to complete a 120-hour internship. [+]

The modules in the BA Honours (Sociology) programme offer students understanding of contemporary societal debates and concerns. Students explore social identities and societal structures, global and local linkages, as well as social change and strategies for social intervention. Considerable emphasis is placed on guiding students to conduct independent quantitative research. The programme offers skills in theory, report writing and problem-solving. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies and have to complete a 120-hour internship.

Admission requirements

Admission will be considered for a student who completed Sociology or Industrial Sociology as a major (up to third-year level) in the preceding BA Degree. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.... [-]


BA Hons in Psychology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 week February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The Honours in Psychology programme is offered on a full-time basis only. The students are required to complete six modules within a one year period. The research component is the only compulsory module and runs for the full year, as such this module counts as two modules. The students are required to select four other modules out of the following list: Neuropsychology; Personality Psychology; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Therapeutic Psychology; Psychological Assessment; Critical Developmental Psychology and Health Psychology. Each of these modules is presented by an expert in the field and classes are interactional and dynamic. The students are also given the opportunity to complete a research project with the aim being to prepare them for further studies. The students are assessed via tests, assignments and exams. [+]

The Honours in Psychology programme is offered on a full-time basis only. The students are required to complete six modules within a one year period. The research component is the only compulsory module and runs for the full year, as such this module counts as two modules. The students are required to select four other modules out of the following list: Neuropsychology; Personality Psychology; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Therapeutic Psychology; Psychological Assessment; Critical Developmental Psychology and Health Psychology. Each of these modules is presented by an expert in the field and classes are interactional and dynamic. The students are also given the opportunity to complete a research project with the aim being to prepare them for further studies. The students are assessed via tests, assignments and exams.... [-]


BA Hons in Politics Politics and International Relations

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

BA Honours Politics, with a compulsory module in Research Mythology and mini-research report, with choices ranging from South African Politics; Gender; Area Studies; Contemporary Issues in International Relations; International Organisations; Political Risk Analysis; Theories and Concepts in Politics and International Relations. [+]

BA Honours Politics, with a compulsory module in Research Mythology and mini-research report, with choices ranging from South African Politics; Gender; Area Studies; Contemporary Issues in International Relations; International Organisations; Political Risk Analysis; Theories and Concepts in Politics and International Relations.

Admission requirements

Students need a 65% pass rate at third-year level. Non-University of Johannesburg students write an entrance test.

Contact details

Name: Prof Deon Geldenhuys Tel: 011 559 2894 / Email: deong@uj.ac.za

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BA Hons in Industrial Sociology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The modules in the BA Honours (Industrial Sociology) programme offer students understanding of the changing nature of global workplaces, industries, worker struggles and work dynamics. [+]

The modules in the BA Honours (Industrial Sociology) programme offer students understanding of the changing nature of global workplaces, industries, worker struggles and work dynamics. Considerable emphasis is placed on guiding students to conduct independent quantitative research. The programme offers skills in theory, report writing and problem-solving. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies and have to complete a 120-hour internship.

Admission requirements

Admission will be considered for a student who completed Sociology or Industrial Sociology as a major (up to third year level) in the preceding BA Degree. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.... [-]


BA Hons in Development Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

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. [+]

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.... [-]


BA Hons in Anthropology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

Students must complete five courses in the Anthropology Studies Honours programme. One of these courses is an independent research paper carried out under the supervision of an academic in the Department. [+]

Students must complete five courses in the Anthropology Studies Honours programme. One of these courses is an independent research paper carried out under the supervision of an academic in the Department.

The compulsory methodology course, of which a component is an introduction to statistics, is offered in the first semester. With this course as a base, students may choose to specialise in Social and/or Cultural Anthropology or Paleoanthropology.

If students choose the former, they may choose from courses such as ‘Youth, Identity and Language’, ‘Anthropology of the Body’, and ‘Nature and Society’. Electives can be chosen from a wide variety of social science courses.... [-]


BA Hons in African Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The programme consists of compulsory and elective modules regarding humanities and human sciences in African studies. [+]

The programme consists of five modules.

Compulsory modules:

Semester 1: Paper 1: Methodology of the Humanities(offered by the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies Paper 2: Statistics for the Human Sciences (offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics)

Semester 2: A research project in one of the participating subjects that have been completed successfully by the student as a major subject for Degree purposes.

Elective modules:

Introduction to the Prose and Short Art of an African Language Introduction to the Drama and Poetry Introduction of an African Language or Theory of African Oral Economic Issues in Developing Countries (offered by the Department of Economic) Admission requirements ... [-]

BA Hons in African Languages

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The course consists of five modules. Modules 1 (Research Essay), 2 (Grammar of the Main Language) and 3 (Literature of the Main Language) are compulsory. The student chooses two other modules from two possibilities: a) Literature: Poetry, Prose, Drama, Oral Art and b) Linguistics: Sociolinguistics, Phonology and Morphology, Syntax and Semantics, Translation Studies [+]

The course consists of five modules. Modules 1 (Research Essay), 2 (Grammar of the Main Language) and 3 (Literature of the Main Language) are compulsory. The student chooses two other modules from the following possibilities:

Literature: Poetry, Prose, Drama, Oral Art Linguistics: Sociolinguistics, Phonology and Morphology, Syntax and Semantics, Translation Studies Admission requirements

Students who have obtained an undergraduate qualification with Northern Sotho (or Sepedi) or Zulu (or isiZulu) as a major and who meet the general University entrance requirements for the Honours programme may be considered for the programme.

Students who do not meet the requirement of one of the specified African languages as a major may in meritorious cases apply to the RPL committee to be admitted.... [-]