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Course Components

All Postgraduate Taught Courses


For information on which courses will be offered in the upcoming year, please refer to the list on the right.

Timetables for 2017:     Semester 1    Semester 2

Short descriptions for all our courses are listed below.

Unless otherwise indicated, all courses take the format of 12 two-hour seminars, once weekly, over the course of the relevant semester.  An "F" suffix denotes a first semester course.  An "S" suffix denotes a second semester course.


POL4002F  THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: Dr Sanusha Naidu.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course introduces students to some of the key theories in the study of International Relations and to the intellectual history of the field. The course also deepens students’ ability to read critically, and to think about real-world problems in an abstract way. The first part of the course offers an
overview of the main theories and debates which constitute the field, and asks how they apply to international politics. The second part of the course explores the western-centric nature of IR as a discipline, and investigates the resultant problems in applying IR theory to the developing world, and Africa in particular.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework (60%); examination (40%).


POL4005H  INTERNSHIP COMPONENT I

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: Justice and Transformation Convener.

Entrance requirements: Admission to the Justice and Transformation Honours programme, and by permission of the Convener.

Course outline: Provision is made for a student to serve an internship with an approved outside organisation, under the supervision of his/her programme convener. The student is required to intern two days a week for thirteen weeks or the equivalent hours. A detailed report of the work engaged in during the internship is required on its completion.

DP requirements: Attendance as required by the approved organisation, and completion of all written assignments as agreed in consultation with the programme convener.

Assessment: This course is graded as Pass or Fail. The outcome will be determined by the Convener/course lecturer after consultation with the organisation and assessment of written work.


POL4006F  PUBLIC POLICY

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: Professor A Butler.  Lectured by Prof F Cloete in 2017.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This first semester course explores academic research on the policy process and critically examines the central writings in the public policy literature. In addition, students investigate in comparative context the formulation and implementation of policy in contemporary South Africa, the operations of key departments of state, intergovernmental relations, and the power of organised interests in the policy process. Lectures introduce concepts, theories, and comparative materials, while student-led seminars address issues in contemporary South African public policy.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Test (40%); departmentalism paper (25%); essay (25%); participation (10%).


POL4012F  COMPARATIVE POLITICS

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: Dr Z Jolobe.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: The aim of this seminar is to enable students to engage in the systematic comparative study of national political systems. Theoretically, the course introduces students to foundational conceptual approaches to comparative politics. Methodologically, the course introduces students to issues of research design and evidence that confront the systemic comparative study of national level political phenomena.

DP requirements: Completion of all presentations and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment requirements: Coursework 100% (which includes participation, seminar presentations, research project and a class test).


POL4013S COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: Dr V Naidoo.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: 

This course offers a survey of the comparative’ study of public bureaucracies. It covers the birth of a comparative interest in studying bureaucracies globally, a critical analysis of the early comparative research, and comparative research methods in the study of bureaucracies. It also enables students to critically unpack the empirical research record in multi-country comparative studies.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment requirements: Coursework 70%, examination 30%.


POL4015F/S   LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICY

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8

Course convener:  Professor R Cameron.

Course outline: This course is an advanced study of selected themes in comparative local government. The major part of the course is an examination of some of the major theoretical and comparative local government literature material. It looks at the state of comparative local government, local government boundaries, the relationship between size, efficiency and democracy, metropolitan government reform, patronage and clientelism, local government in Africa and innovations/partnerships.  The second part of the course is an advanced analysis of some contemporary South African local government issues in South Africa namely intergovernmental relations and the relationship between decentralisation, clientelism and patronage.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment:  Coursework 70%, examination 30%.


POL4032F  COMPARATIVE TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: Dr H Scanlon.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme. Relevant background studies in the areas of human rights, conflict and conflict-resolution, social and political theory.

Course outline: This course will explore the field of transitional justice in a comparative and critical perspective. In recent decades the development of peace-building initiatives to resolve conflict and address human rights violations have been mirrored by the expansion of various models of transitional justice.  These encompass a range of judicial and non-judicial approaches adopted by post-conflict and postauthoritarian societies to address human rights abuses of the past. The course is intended to confront some of the central moral and political debates around transitional justice such as the relationships between peace and justice, accountability and reconciliation. The first part of the course examines the notion of ‘transitional justice’ in relation to various theories of justice including restorative, retributive, reparative and social justice. Part Two will examine the “pillars” of transitional justice: truth seeking, criminal justice, reparations and institutional reform and will consider the relevance of these processes in post-conflict transformation. Part Three will examine some of the cross-cutting concerns of transitional justice, including the role of children and gender issues.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Two response papers (30%); two essays (50%); presentations (20%).


POL4033F  AFRICAN POLITICS

(not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: A/Prof J Akokpari

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course aims to introduce students to the major forces shaping post-colonial African politics. A further objective is to assist students to understand what is now commonly referred to as the ‘African crisis’ and the prospects of overcoming the crisis. Africa’s crisis has generated a perception of the continent as a theatre of conflicts, destruction and underdevelopment. A related objective is to help students to develop critical insights into, and judgement on, the dominant debates and paradigms on Africa. Some of the themes to be addressed in the course include alternative approaches to the study of African politics, the political economy of colonialism and decolonisation, the state and governance in Africa, internal conflicts and reconstruction, civil society and democratisation and some aspects of Africa’s international relations, especially the continent’s growing relations with China.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment:  Coursework 50%; examination 50%.


POL4039F/S    PEACE OPERATIONS IN WORLD POLITICS

(Not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Convener: to be confirmed

Course entry requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course consists of a critical examination of efforts to create peace in world politics. We begin with an introductory survey of the field, including motivating figures and ideas, the history of peace and humanitarian operations by the United Nations, and the main frameworks used by scholars to analyse peace operations. The course next addresses the nature and problems of the major types of peace operations, including conflict prevention, humanitarian assistance and intervention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. Where possible, cases and comparisons are drawn from Africa. Topics to be included are: scholarly approaches, the United Nations constitution and structure, humanitarian assistance, complex emergencies, peace enforcement, peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment:  Coursework 50%; examination 50%.


POL4044S   GLOBAL POLITICAL THOUGHT

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Convener:  Dr T Reddy

Course entry requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: The emergence of capitalism and the ideas associated with the ‘Enlightenment’ forced all societies to confront, adapt, and think through the values, practices and key institutions of capitalist modernity. This course in Political Theory locates the contest of ideas in the historical context of Western global domination and resistance to it, tracing the sources of modern political ideas, and debates surrounding their relevance and influence in diverse settings.

DP requirements: Completion of all essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: 3 assignments 45%, seminar presentation 15%, participation 10%, term paper 30%.


POL4048F/S  DIALECTICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT

(Not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener:  to be confirmed

Entrance requirements:  Admission to a relevant Honours or Master’s programme or by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: Dialectical political thought seeks to grasp the movement of contradictions in processes of historical change, as a method of transformative critique This course examines its ancient Greek background, uses of contradiction by thinkers such as Machiavelli and Rousseau, and the dialectical thought of Hegel and Marx. It provides a guide to the use of central concepts and methods of dialectical thought to enable students to make their own analyses of historical processes or current problems.

DP requirements: None.

Assessment: Three short essays (1500 words each; 10% of final mark x3 = 30%); one longer essay (4500 words; 30% of final mark); two-hour exam (40% of final mark).


POL4050S CONTEMPORARY DEBATES IN AFRICAN POLITICS

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Dr L Lushaba

Course entry requirements: Admission to a relevant honours or master’s programme or by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: The course introduces students to key debates in the study of African politics. These include "macro approaches" to the study of modern African politics, African political thought, the character of colonialism and its legacies, nationalism(s) and postcolonial transformation, the politics of economic reform, debates about democratization, ethnic plurality, and national cohesion in Africa. The course also introduces some key methodological questions for the study of African politics.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Two essays (30% each); and a long paper (40%).


POL5001F COMPARATIVE POLITICS

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Conveners: Dr Z Jolobe

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This seminar surveys the major topics in comparative politics and is intended to familiarise graduate students with the qualitative aspects of the subfield. From feminist political thought to theories of nationalism and social revolution, the course will introduce students to classic works as well as recent contributions that build upon those works, and will consider works of theoretical importance that deal with the politics of the ‘Global South’. Drawing from leading theoretical approaches, each week will discuss a subsection of the scholarly literature, focusing on a major question and debate. Key methodological issues in comparative politics are addressed in the context of these substantive and theoretical works.

DP requirements:  Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), seminar presentations (20%); critical essay (25%); final paper (45%).


POL5005H  INTERNSHIP COMPONENT II

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Justice and Transformation Convener.

Entrance requirements: Admission to the Justice and Transformation Master's programme, and by permission of the Convener.

Course outline: Provision is made for a student to serve an internship with an approved outside organisation, under the supervision of his/her programme convener. The student is required to intern two days a week for thirteen weeks or the equivalent hours. A detailed report of the work engaged in during the internship is required on its completion.

DP requirements: Attendance as required by the approved organisation, and completion of all written assignments as agreed in consultation with the programme convener.

Assessment: This course is graded as Pass or Fail. The outcome will be determined by the Convener/course lecturer after consultation with the organisation and assessment of written work.


POL5006F  PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Professor R Cameron.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course is an analysis of the major issues and trends in Public Administration and Management.  It looks at traditional Public Administration approaches to service delivery; the New Public Management (NPM) approach which attempts to incorporate business-type principles into the running of government; the governance approach which takes a broader view to the study of Public Administration; the non-hierarchical network literature and Joined up/Holistic government, which calls for a more centralised core in the delivery of services. An examination is also undertaken of the Public Value and Neo-Weberianism schools which both can be classified as post-NPM approaches.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework 70%; examination 30%.


POL5007S POLICY EVALUATION AND IMPLEMENTATION

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Dr V Naidoo.

Entrance requirements: POL4006F, or by permission of the course convener to eligible Honours or Master’s students. Acceptance for an honours or master’s programme.

Prerequisite: POL4006F, or by permission of the course convener to eligible Honours or Master’s students.

Course outline: This course examines the implementation and evaluation components of the public policy process.  The first half of the course discusses how implementation theorists have tried to unpack this crucial but complicated aspect of the policy cycle, whilst the second half of the course shifts to a discussion of the uses and abuses of how policy is monitored and evaluated.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework 70%; examination 30%.


POL5019S PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM

(not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Professor R Cameron.

Course entry requirements: POL5006F or by permission of the course convener to eligible Honours or Master’s students.

Course outline: This course is an advanced study of public sector reform.  The first part of the course looks at the Pollitt/Bouckaert theoretical framework for understanding public sector reform. It looks at the nature of public management reform, a model for public management reform, types of politico-administrative systems, trajectories of modernisation and reform as well as the results of such reform. The second part of the course is a detailed examination of public service reform in South Africa since 1994. It will look at the context in which these change processes were initiated as well as more specific issues such as reorganisation of the state – structurally and process wise; transformation in terms of the composition of the public sector; changes in terms of human resource practices such as labour relations, recruitment and retention strategies, remuneration, performance management and capacity development. Issues related to changing the organizational culture such as service delivery, innovation, accountability, corruption, information-based decision-making and the knowledge/ learning organisation, are also discussed. The course concludes with an analysis of the South African government’s employment equity policies.

DP requirements:  Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework 70%; examination 30%.


POL5023S POLITICAL BEHAVIOUR AND RESEARCH

(not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: To be confirmed.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: The aim of this course is to enable students to engage in the systematic study of individual political behaviour.  The course introduces students to research on how people develop attitudes and values, why they take part in various forms of political participation (such as voting, contacting, communing, and protesting), and how they interact with other citizens (interpersonal trust, intolerance, racism and xenophobia).  We focus on the questions political scientists ask, the data they collect, the research designs they use, and the political implications of their results.

DP requirements: Completion of all presentations and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework 100% (which includes participation, seminar presentations and a major research project).


POL5026F  SPECIAL TOPICS I

(may not be offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course conveners: Head of Department.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: On occasion, the Department offers a small number of additional and exceptional courses under the rubric Special Topics. Such courses do not form part of our normal menu of course offerings. Special topics courses can be drawn from anywhere in the broad field of Political Studies: Political Science, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Policy and Administration, Governance, or Transformative Justice, among others. These courses are typically offered as a result of the temporary availability of expert academic staff who are not normally available to teach within the department.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener. There may be a fieldwork component to the course.

Assessment: As determined by the course convener.


POL5027F  PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THOUGHT

(not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Professor R Cameron.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: In South Africa, Public Administration is largely taught as a craft. This course on Public Administrative Thought attempts to move beyond this practical application and traces the intellectual evolution of the field as an academic discipline. The course aims to lay the foundation for Public Administration scholarship.  It examines the major theories and concepts that underpin the field and also looks at the major thinkers in the discipline such as Wilson, Weber, Simon and Waldo. It exposes students to the contending approaches in the study of public administration and looks at the relationship between theory and practice. There is also a discussion of the notion of African Public Administration.  The second part of the course argues that the 'nuts and bolts' approach to the subject has led to the intellectual crisis of Public Administration in South Africa. This has led not only to a paucity of knowledge-based research in the field but has also contributed to narrowly trained public servants with limited understanding of crucial Public Administration debates which inform practice.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework 70%; examination 30%.


POL5029F/S   POLITICAL ETHICS

(Not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9

Convener: to be confirmed

Course entry requirements:  Admission to a relevant Honours or Master’s programme or by permission of the course convener.

Course outline:  This course traces the development of political ethics from the Greek city-state to the present, paying particular attention to the character of ethical problems in modernity. The theoretical framework developed from this study is used to clarify ethical problems and prospects in South African politics.

DP requirements: Completion of written work, as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Four short essays (1,500 words) and one longer essay (3,000 words) and active participation in the course.


POL5032F INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Dr H Stephan.

Entrance requirements: Previous studies in IPE or related subjects AND by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course provides a survey of the fundamental issues, concepts and literature that deal specifically with IPE theory. The course is based on the three main paradigms of International Political economy - mercantilism, liberalism and structuralism - and investigates the myth or reality of globalisation, regionalism and the role of the state in the globalisation process.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.  Participation is noted and counts towards the final mark.

Assessment: Participation and one major written paper 100%.


POL5034S   CONFLICT IN AFRICA

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Convener: Professor A Seegers

Course entry requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: In this course we examine conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. We are concerned with the following dimensions of conflict: the analysis of conflict; causes of conflict; actors in conflict; behaviour during conflict; consequences of conflict; and moral evaluation of conflict. In each dimension, we ask questions. To each of these questions, there are different, even opposing, answers. We examine these answers, illustrating them with cases and/or empirical material.

DP requirements:  Short assignments; seminar attendance; presentation; test and an essay.

Assessment requirements: Assessment is by coursework made up of a presentation (10%); test (40%); and essay (50%).


POL5035F DATA ANALYSIS IN POLITICAL SCIENCES

NQF credits: 12 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Ms A Ndlovu and Mr M Kroenke.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course format:  6 two-hour seminars; 6 two-hour lab sessions

Course outline: The aim of this course is to enable students to enable them to test hypotheses and answer research questions through the analysis of quantitative data. The course will introduce students to computer assisted data analysis and cover basic methods of univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistical techniques. Students attend a weekly two-hour seminar and a two-hour laboratory session over six weeks. In the first session of each week, the instructor will cover the basic principles of a statistical technique, and in the second session students will execute those techniques on their own data. This course is pitched at a basic introductory level and no prior statistical experience is required.

DP requirements: Completion of all presentations and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework 100% (which includes participation, laboratory work, exercises and assignments).


POL5036S SPECIAL TOPICS II

(May not be offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Convener: Head of Department

Course entry requirements:  Admission to a relevant Honours or Master’s programme or by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: On occasion, the Department offers a small number of additional and exceptional courses under the rubric Special Topics. Such courses do not form part of our normal menu of course offerings. Special topics courses can be drawn from anywhere in the broad field of Political Studies: Political Science, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Policy and Administration, Governance, or Transformative Justice, among others. These courses are typically offered as a result of the temporary availability of expert academic staff who are not normally available to teach within the department.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: As determined by the course convener.


POL5037S POST-CONFLICT JUSTICE IN AFRICA

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Head of Department.

Entrance requirements: Admission to Honours / Master’s in Justice & Transformation or International Relations.

Course outline: This course explores the field of post conflict justice in Africa with emphasis on attempts to address the legacies of past injustices. This course will examine international, national and local approaches to post-conflict justice in African contexts and interrogate some of the normative and political debates raised by transitional justice processes. More than any other continent, Africa has been the site of transitional justice experimentation and thus it is important to analyses cases in which processes have been initiated in an effort to grapple with atrocities. In particular the course will attempt to assess the strengths and weaknesses of recent transitional justice processes in advancing post-conflict justice on the continent. The first part of the course examines the notion of postconflict justice in relation to various concerns on the continent including socio-economic justice, land restitution, displacement, gender justice and natural resource exploitation. It will also survey various models of post-conflict justice including truth seeking, criminal justice and reparations in contexts as diverse as Liberia, Kenya and Tunisia. Part Three will examine some of the questions that have emerged over the efficacy of transitional justice interventions and mechanisms on the continent.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment requirements: Two response papers (30%); two essays (50%), presentations (20%).


POL5041F/S   HISTORY OF SA POLITICAL THOUGHT

(Not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Convener: To be confirmed.

Course entry requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course examines selected periods and problems in South African political thought, roughly from 1895 to the present, in sufficient depth to give students an understanding of the main problems of evidence, interpretation and narrative craft, and enable them to develop relevant skills in dealing with them. Initially, the course will focus on the thought of Olive Schreiner, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko. This focus may shift in subsequent years, depending partly on student interests. The course requires extensive reading of a range of primary sources.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Three short essays of 2000 words each (45%); longer research paper of 6000 words (45%); course participation (10%)..


POL5042F   PEACEBUILDING: ISSUES & PROBLEMS

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Convener: G Lamb

Course entry requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course will consider the concepts and theories of peacebuilding, as well as how it has been applied (mainly in post-conflict settings). The specific focal areas of the course will be: UN’s approach peacebuilding; post-conflict economy; armed violence; arms control and disarmament; the demobilisation and reintegration of combatants into civilian life; security sector reform; refugees and the diaspora; youth violence; policing; civil society and peacebuilding; as well as information communication technology and peacebuilding.

DP requirements:  Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: A minimum of five assignments of 2500 words each (50%); one course paper of 6000-8000 words (50%).


POL5043S  REGIONALISM IN AFRICA

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Associate Professor J Akokpari.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Masters programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course aims at equipping students with the skills and knowledge to analyse regional economic formations in Africa, thereby enhancing their understanding of regionalist impulses on the continent. It proceeds on the premise that regional integration has become a key feature of Africa’s political economy and as a viable route to the continent’s development. Thus since the independence decade of the 1960s, various regional blocs have emerged in Africa. The course examines the emergence, performances and, in some cases, the demise of regional organisations in Africa. The regional blocs to be studied in the course include the OAU and AU, ECOWAS, SADC, and the revived East African Community. A further objective is to analyse the prospects of these regional bodies under globalisation. The first two lectures will be devoted to introducing students to the broader theories of regionalism.

DP requirements: Students must satisfy all course requirements – course attendance, presentation, weekly assignments, and a major semester paper.

Assessment: Response papers (30%), class presentation (20%), term paper (30%), class test (20%).


POL5044S  SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS

HEQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener: Professor A Butler

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme and permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This advanced course explores South African politics through a variety of historical, theoretical and comparative lenses. The early weeks of the course draw on historical, sociological, and other materials to investigate the 20th century political history of the country. Students will address conflicts that have unfolded between traditional, liberal, popular and quasi-Marxist conceptions of how a society ought to be governed. The middle sections of the course investigate the causes, significance, and implications of the ‘democratic transition’ using a diversity of scholarly resources. In the final sections, students will explore some key issues in South Africa’s contemporary political life. They will focus on the party system; the nature of the post-apartheid state; the relationships between party, state and business; contests over the meaning of democracy; and the changing character of the ANC. There will be a core of essential readings. Beyond these, however, the course will be centred around student-led, independently researched, seminars and discussions.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Two long essays (30% each); test (30%); and a  student presentation (10%).


POL5045F   THIRD WORLD POLITICS

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Convener: Dr L Paremoer

Course entry requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course critically evaluates prominent discourses about development, modernity, independence and solidarity in the Third World. We will address the following questions: How and why did the Enlightenment and the processes of colonialism and imperialism give rise to the idea of the Third World? What, if anything, was distinctive about the characteristics and ambitions of the Third World governments in comparison to other blocs in the international community of sovereign nation-states? Which power relations associated with the “West”, “First World” or “Second World” did Third World elites critique, and which power relations did they try to replicate in their own states after attaining independence? What are the prospects for producing scholarship on the Third World that is critical, reliable, embedded in the experiences of Third World peoples, original and transformative?

DP requirements:  Completion of all written work as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Three response papers (15% each); term paper (55%)


POL5046S DEMOCRATISATION

(cancelled - not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener: To be confirmed.

Entrance requirements: Admission to an Honours or Master’s programme, and by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course provides an overview of the current state of knowledge in political science about one of the great issues of our day, the worldwide spread of democracy.  We focus on four central questions.  How do countries become democracies (with particular emphasis on the "Third Wave" of democracy that has swept the world since 1974)?  How do countries maintain democracy?  What are the consequences of democracy?   And how can we best measure and evaluate democracy?

DP requirements: Completion of all presentations and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Coursework 100% (which includes participation, seminar presentations, research project and a class test).


POL5047F/S  ADVANCED FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS

(cancelled - not offered in 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Convener: to be confirmed

Course entry requirements:  Admission to a relevant Honours or Master’s programme or by permission of the course convener.

Course outline: This course introduces students to the field of foreign policy analysis and seeks to answer several key questions: What are the foreign policy goals of states? What are the different factors and actors that influence foreign policy making? What are the tools available to states? The course will cover different approaches to foreign policy analysis as well as case studies, with a focus on the emerging powers.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and/or assignments as stipulated by the course convener.

Assessment: Presentations and a research project (60%); examination (40%).