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Justice & Transformation

Convenor:  Dr Helen Scanlon


Dr Scanlon is based in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics
Rm 2.1, Harry Oppenheimer Building

+27 21 650-4205
h.scanlon@uct.ac.za

This interdisciplinary specialisation is offered in collaboration with departments in the Humanities Faculty, the UCT Law Faculty, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).

For additional information, see here.

Specialisation objectives:

This Honours/Master’s specialisation has been designed to locate current concerns and topical interests in justice and transformation in the more general perspectives of normative theory and comparative studies. It is inspired by the new directions in writing, research and teaching generated by the South African TRC-process but not confined to these. Instead, it links these new research interests and current debates in the area of transitional justice (including human rights law, conflict-resolution and peace-building, and social justice in transformation) with the more lasting intellectual perspectives provided by a thorough grounding in relevant academic disciplines.

Admission requirements:

At Honours level: a first degree majoring with an upper 2nd or close approximation. At Master’s level: a good Honours degree or its equivalent.

Applicants should ideally have a major in, or some exposure to, Politics as an undergraduate subject.  However, depending on which area of concentration the applicant is interested in, the following additional study backgrounds may be taken into account when assessing applications:

Transitional Justice Majors in Politics, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Literature
Human Rights Senior courses in Law, LLB
Conflict Resolution Majors in Politics, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Sociology
Social Justice in Transformation Majors in Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Psychology, Development Studies

Prescribed curriculum:

The full specialisation comprises 4 semester courses in each of the Honours and Master’s years plus an independent research project at Honours level and a Master’s minor dissertation component allowing exit options after the first year with an Honours degree and entry options at Master’s level. The specialisation offers a choice between two core courses and a selection of electives in the areas of Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, and Social Justice in Transformation. 

 

PLANNING YOUR CURRICULUM

 

HONOURS (126 credits)

2 courses selected from:

  • POL4032F (Comparative Transitional Justice)
  • POL5037S (Post-Conflict Justice inAfrica)
  • a List A course

List A or List B Course

List B Course or Internship

POL4007H
(Research Project)

*20% + 20%

20%

20%

20%

 

MASTER’S (192 credits)

2 courses selected from:

  • POL4032F
  • POL5037S
  • a List A course

List A or List B Course

List B Course or Internship

POL5010W
(Mini-Dissertation)

*12.5% + 12.5%

12.5%

12.5%

50%

* the percentages provided are a general approximation of the weighting of each course in the overall mark calculation.  Some courses have slightly different credit totals than others, and occasionally students may need to take an extra course to fulfil the overall credit expectation.  In which case, the calculation differs slightly in terms of percentage weightings.

Core Courses

 

 

Credits

POL4032F

Comparative Transitional Justice

24

POL5037S

Post-Conflict Justice in Africa

24

         

  Electives

Select your electives depending on the area of concentration that you are interested in.  We include recommendations for which courses would fit with which area.  The areas of concentration are:

1.     Transitional Justice (TJ)

Courses in the area of Transitional Justice aim to provide a theoretical grounding and comparative understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Transitional Justice at the intersection of human rights discourses, democratic transitions and post-conflict reconciliation.

2.     Human Rights Law (HR)

Courses in the area of Human Rights Law aim to ground the professional and specialist studies in law in a broader theoretical and comparative understanding of the historical and political contexts in which Human Rights Law functions.

3.     Conflict Resolution (CR)

Courses in Conflict Resolution aim to provide a comparative understanding and practice-orientated introduction to current approaches to peace operations and post-conflict reconciliation in the African context.

4.     Social Justice in Transformation (SJT)

Courses in Social Justice in Transformation are designed to combine a focus on issues of social justice related to poverty and development with the combating of legacies of racism and redressing racial, gender and social inequalities within more general normative and theoretical perspectives.

 Some of the areas of concentration provide for Internships, which may be substituted for one of the list B elective options.

List A Electives

 

 

Recommended for:

Credits

AXL4104F

Gender, Peace and Justice

CR, SJT

24

ECO4114S

The Economics of Conflict, War & Peace

CR

14

PBL5631S

International Protection of Human Rights

HR

30

PBL5634F

Human Rights Law

HR

30

PBL5647S

Social Justice, Law and Development

SJT

30

POL4039F

Peace Operations in World Politics

CR

24

POL4048F

Dialectical Political Thought

TJ

24

POL5029S

Political Ethics

TJ

24

POL5034S

Conflict in Africa

CR

24

POL5042F

Peace-building: Issues & Problems

CR

24

POL5046S

Democratisation

TJ

24

SOC5019F

Race, Class and Identities

CR

12

 

List B Electives

Students may select other electives appropriate to the programme and aligned to their research interests, subject to approval by the Convener.

 

 

Recommended for:

Credits

AXL4101F

Gender and Violence

TJ

24

AXL4103S

Development Conflict and Political Change

CR

24

AXL4106F

Introduction to Gender and Transformation

SJT

24

AXL4402S

Anthropology of Societies in Transition

TJ, SJT

24

AXL5402F

Anthropology of Development 

SJT

24

CML4501F

Dispute Resolution

CR

9

CML5631S

Mediation

CR

30

CML5671F

Negotiation

CR

30

HST4055S

Racism, Colonialism & Genocide

CR

24

PBL5618S

International Law on Disputes and the Use of Force

HR

30

PBL5623F

Governing Under the Constitution: Law and Practice

HR

30

PBL5647S

Social Justice, Law and Development

 

30

PBL5648S

Social Justice in Practice

SJT

30

PBL5815S

Punishment and Human Rights

HR

30

PBL5820F

Theories of Crime and Social Order

HR

30

PBL5822S

Victims and Victimology

HR

30

PHI4021S

Topics in Rational Decision Making

TJ

24

PHI4022F

Moral Philosophy

TJ

24

POL4044FS

Global Political Thought

TJ

24

POL5041F/S

History of SA Political Thought

 

24

SLL4001S

Representation of War in Fiction

CR

24

SOC4010F

Development Theory

SJT

12

SOC5012S

Sociology of Deviance

SJT

12

         

 

Internships

 

May be substituted as the equivalent of 1 elective course.

 

POL4005H

Internship Component I (Honours level)

24

POL5005H

Internship Component II (Master’s level)

24

 

Research Methods courses

 

For Master’s doing field work/primary research/specialized data analysis. 

 

AXL4401F

Ethnographic Research Methods & Methodology

24

HST4034F

Oral History: Method, Practice and Theory

24

POL5035F

Data Analysis in Political Sciences

12

SOC5030F

In-depth Interviewing and Analysis

12

SOC5052F

Survey Data Analysis

12