|01240412||Faculty of Humanities||Department: Political Sciences|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 120||NQF level: 08|
In certain cases additional modules may be required.
In collaboration with the programme manager and with the approval of the head of department, students can select one elective module from another discipline.
Only certain modules are presented annually. Please consult the department in this regard.
Minimum credits: 120
Select 3 modules of which 2 must be STL modules **
*In collaboration with the programme manager and with the approval of the head of department, students can select one elective module from another discipline.
**Only certain modules are presented annually. Please consult the department in this regard.
An in-depth study and evaluation of the metatheoretical and theoretical foundations of modern politics. The emphasis is on the ideas and theories shaping politics in the contemporary world, as well as on the issues and changes in society that challenge established political theories.
A limited research report of 8 000-10 000 words, based on independent research done by the student in a specialised field of political science, is written under the guidance of a supervisor. This is preceded by an introduction to advanced political research in the discipline with the inclusion of appropriate research methodology, research ethics, and the planning and documentation of research.
The module focuses on African political systems, the position and role of Africa in the international system and aspects of regionalism and regionalisation. An analysis and evaluation is made of the major issues, challenges, trends and transformations concerning the domestic politics and the regional and international relations of African states, including pan-Africanism.
The theory and practice of peace missions and political conflict with specific reference to the classification, causes, development, conduct, management and outcomes of political conflict. Particular emphasis is placed on the different facets of peace missions and political conflict management such as conflict avoidance, prevention, settlement and resolution, as well as the process of bargaining, negotiation and (third party) mediation. An analysis will be made of selected case studies with specific reference to mediation in violent conflicts in Africa.
The systematic comparative study of political phenomena on a regional, continental or global basis using comparative methodologies. This will enable the analysis of political practice and the considerable variations across regions, continents and in the world. The growing importance of global influences and interdependence between regions and local politics require the development of specific knowledge and skills by students to explore the reasons for the variations and to develop possible responses to these.
An advanced study of policy analysis. Policy analysis is an approach to public policy that aims to integrate and contextualise models and research. Special attention is given to meta-analysis (methods and approaches), meso-analysis and decision-making analysis.
The study of South African politics with reference to political institutions, the political process, political issues and policy. The emphasis is on recent events and developments in the national and international political environment. Emphasis is placed on political parties, organisations and institutions, the political system, the development of the political system, system adaptation, transformation and legitimacy, influences on the political environment, elections, political leadership, policy and the development of policy.
Emphasis is placed on the development of comparative politics; problems in the comparative study of political objects and in the evaluation of approaches and principles underlying comparative analysis; as well as the identification and evaluation of new approaches. This knowledge is applied to specific case studies.
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