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Degrees by Thesis only

Doctoral degree in Political Studies (PolSt) or Public Administration (PubAd)

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Andrews, Donna (PolSt) Capitalism and nature in South Africa after Apartheid: the political structure of ecological discourse. Andrew Nash
Dibling, Sebastien (PubAd) Unpacking the nature of public sector management reforms in aid-dependent countries: a comparative analysis of tax reforms in Burundi, Malawi and Rwanda. Robert Cameron
Edden, Ashleigh (PubAd) The State of South African Local Government: A Critical Analysis of Clientelism. Robert Cameron
Freeman, Laura (PolSt) Minority group aggression and the ethnic security dilemma: an examination of the Banyamulenge in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Annette Seegers
Hamilton, Leigh (PolSt) A Rarely Spoken Truth: United Nations Peacekeeping and Civilian Self-Protection during Armed Conflicts in Africa. Annette Seegers
Heim, Kristen (POLST) SADC Legislatures and the Budget Process: Emerging Trends in Ex Ante Budgetary Engagement. Robert Mattes / Anthony Butler
Kilicoglu, Chantal (PubAd) An Historical Institutional Analysis of the Public Service Commission in South Africa: negotiating the line between Politics and Administration. Vinothan Naidoo
Kroenke, Matthias (POLST) Does democracy make a difference? Investigating the link between democratic accountability, state capacity and basic service provision for the poor in Africa. Robert Mattes / Vinothan Naidoo
Macedo, Fernando (PolSt) The maintenance of autocracy in Angola: understanding regime transition in Lusophone Africa. Robert Mattes / John Akokpari
Marata, Keneilwe (POLST) Legislative institutionalisation and performance of budget oversight in the parliament of Botswana. Robert Mattes / Anthony Butler
Mukorombindo, Yeukai (PubAd) Reforming citizen engagement in budget and policy planning: case studies of citizen participation in devolved Kenya. Vinothan Naidoo
Sachikonye, Tawanda (PolSt) Diplomacy and development: South Africa’s foreign policy and the domestic developmental agenda. Karen Smith
Sayed, Rami (POLST) Political Violence, Political Fear and Mass Electoral Behaviour: The Case of Mozambique. Robert Mattes
Zitha, Xolani (POLST) Parliamentary Representation in the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe 2008-2013: Analysis of Public Perceptions of MP Roles and Responsibilities. Robert Mattes / Anthony Butler

Research Master's in Political Studies

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Godinho, Catrina (POLST) Bringing up 'Born-Frees': School experience and attitude to democracy and citizenship in post-Apartheid South Africa. Robert Mattes

Master's Degrees by Coursework and Thesis

Master's in Politics

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Bentzen, Joachim (POL) The middle Kingdom in Africa: a quantitative study of support for the China model. Robert Mattes
Bernhardt, Shannon (POL) Does involvement in extracurricular activities at the University of Cape Town result in the promotion of democratic values and the propensity to participate in politics among students? Robert Mattes
Felton, Jamy (POL) What Shapes Public Evaluation of Presidents in South Africa? Robert Mattes
Kim, Soh Hyeon (POL) Can foreign donors build social capital? Civil society assistance and civic participationin sub-Saharan Africa. Robert Mattes
Menon, Sunita (POL) The creation of a national identity: Construction and representations with a case study on Mobutu’s Zaire. Zwelethu Jolobe
Motala, Nargis (POL) Can Identity politics explain the intractability of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? Guy Lamb
Nontshokweni, Sihle (POL) A quantitative analysis of the extent to which South African citizens consider  transformation policies specifically AA (Affirmative Action) and BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) to rate government performance. Robert Mattes
October, Alicestine (POL) Behind the Question. A comparative analysis on the use of parliamentary questions in 2007 and 2012 in the South African parliament. Robert Mattes
Rust, Jennifer (POL) What are the key challenges to effective groundwater user participation? A comparative analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of participation in Hermanus and Mahikeng. Anthony Butler
Suarez, Ivan (POL) The middle class… the cure for HIV in South Africa. HIV and social capital. Robert Mattes
Wilmot, Savannah (POL) Exploration of the use of International Norms in addressing Violence against Women in post-apartheid South Africa. Helen Scanlon
Woodcock, Alan (POL) Modelling voter turnout in South Africa. Robert Mattes

Master's in International Relations

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Binley, Jennifer (IR) How did Western Aid exacerbate conflict during the Nigerian Biafran Civil War? Annette Seegers
Bosse, Nina (IR) Why is the bottom billion stuck? A focus on the Resource-Curse and its affect on inequality. John Akokpari
Drake, Erin (IR) Post-Revolution Factors Shaping US-Iran Nuclear Relations. Annette Seegers
Edyegu, Christopher (IR) An Examination of Uganda’s Involvement in the Great Lakes Region with Focus on South Sudan. John Akokpari
Feldman, Daniel (IR) What is the role of private security companies (PSCs) in UN peace missions in Africa? A critical analysis. Annette Seegers
Frost, Robin (IR) Comparing the re-emergence of aggressive and expansionist Russian foreign policy in the last few years with Soviet aggression in the 60s and 70s. Including a study of Russian domestic politics and the use of proxy wars. Annette Seegers
Gough, Rebecca (IR) CITES and The Illegal Trade in Rhino Horn in South Africa. Annette Seegers
Grimwood, Zahira (IR) A State Within a State: An analysis of Lesotho’s dependence on South Africa. John Akokpari
Haddon, Justin (IR) The role of youth populations during post-conflict reconstruction programmes: Examining the case of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta. John Akokpari
Henigson, Harley (IR) Successes and Failures of Disarmament, Demobilization, & Reintegration (DDR), and Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Post-Conflict African States. Guy Lamb / Annette Seegers
Islam, Saif (IR) South Africa’s Response to Gross Violations of Human Rights in Libya, Sudan and Zimbabwe: A Critical Analysis. Annette Seegers
Kristensen, Klausstig (IR) Boko Haram: An Analysis of an African Insurgency. Annette Seegers
Maroleng, Chris (IR) The oversight of domestic intelligence in Constitutional Democracies: The case of South Africa. Annette Seegers
Matlhaga, Tshimologo (IR) The Role of International Organisations in the Post World War II Global Development Discourse. Karen Smith
Mokose, Manapo (IR) The New BRICS Development Bank in the New World Order: Reflections on Africa and China. Karen Smith
Parker, Thomas (IR) Rethinking the Trade and Culture Debate from the Perspective of the South African Film Industry. Karen Smith
Powell, Emma (IR) Understanding the extent to which the values gap between subjective belief and constitutionally protected Human Rights reduces with exposure to Higher Education. Robert Mattes
Rasconi, Davide (IR) Brazil’s development assistance in Africa: characteristics and challenges. Karen Smith
Reid, Gabrielle (IR) Al-Shabaab as a regional actor: A critical theoretical analysis. Annette Seegers
Searle, Ashleigh (IR) Refugee Militarisation: The Case of Refugees from Rwanda Annette Seegers
Sonn, Chad (IR) Pax Praetoriana: Is South Africa a benevolent or selfish hegemon? OR South Africa at the WTO: Africa’s saviour or G20 stooge? Karen Smith
Thomas, Marie Kristie Tania (IR) (Feb 2017 poss) A study of the economic and social impacts of the set-up of the British Indian Ocean Territory on the
Chagossians.
Annette Seegers
Wood, Molly (IR) What are the implications of the diplomatic thaw, first with Iran and now with Cuba, to the global economy? Will these re-emerging economies inform Western or Eastern notions of globalization? Karen Smith

Master's in Justice and Transformation

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De Freitas, Ruth (JT) How does the management of UN peacekeeping activities allow non-military and military peacekeepers to exploit civilians, escape prosecution, and jeopardise peacekeeping operations? Guy Lamb
Desbrisay, Claire (JT) Understanding conflict resolution in the context of xenophobia: A case study of informal traders in Site C Khayelitsha. Nyamnjoh, Francis (SAN)
Fawzy, Mary (JT) A ‘born-free’ generation? The inter-generational transmittance of trauma in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Helen Scanlon
Hazell, Kyla (JT) What does the Rhodes Must Fall movement reveal about the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on South Africa's 'Born Free' generation? Helen Scanlon
Henderson-Howat, Fenella (JT) To what extent are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) victims of injustice in post-referendum South Sudan? Helen Scanlon
Hill, Matthew (JT) Does the indivisibility principle of human rights undermine transitional justice? Helen Scanlon
Lawrence, Bianca (JT) Why should women’s experiences of domestic violence be included in Transitional Justice Studies? Lauren Paremoer
Lester, Claire-Anne (JT) A Commission by Any Other Name: A Critical Analysis of the underlying issues that distinguish Truth Commissions from Commissions of Inquiry. Andre du Toit
Loken, Nora Bye (JT) Social Transformation in Transitional Justice. Helen Scanlon
Marais, Charlotte (JT) Sexuality, Justice and the Law : The Symbolic and Political Effects and Implications of Anti-homosexuality Legislation in Uganda. Lauren Paremoer
Metcalfe, Jody (JT) Do dominant narratives of whiteness influence mixed race youth's identity in post-Apartheid South Africa? Helen Scanlon
Mogstad, Heidi (JT) Rethinking reconciliation from the perspective of the margin: A feminist critique of, and challenge to ‘radical reconciliation’ in post-TRC South Africa. Helen Scanlon
Mosiana, Mamello (JT) Rainbow nation/ Ubuntu narratives in the construction of the South African miracle. Helen Scanlon
Nyamnjoh, Anye-Nkwenti (JT) International Organizations and Peacebuilding: A critical analysis of local ownership in UN peace operations. Guy Lamb (SaVI)
Osborne, Carilee (JT) Speaking for the poor and oppressed: The truth-telling role of intellectuals in post-apartheid social movements. Andre Du Toit
Pennington, Alexander (JT) (Feb 2017 poss) How does political expression become a pattern? Thiven Reddy
Rajuili, Karabo (JT) Sowing the seeds of injustice? A critical study of the peacemaking process in Mozambique. Annette Seegers
Sensabaugh, Kathleen (JT) From Implementation to Impact: Exploring the Theories of Change Civil Society Organisations Use to Pursue Community Reconciliation. Hugo van der Merwe (CSVR)
Shepherd, Penelope (JT) The Impact of Drug Legalization on Organized Crime. Mark Shaw / Guy Lamb
Smith, Rebecca (JT) Acknowledging Women’s ‘Untold Sufferings:’ An Analysis of the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission’s Reparations Framework. Helen Scanlon
Stainer, Theodore (JT) Is injustice is a driver of violent extremism? A case study of Al Shabaab. Guy Lamb
Stonehouse, Alexandra (JT) Transitional justice (or lack there of) in Namibia / Memory and the new National Museum in Windhoek. Helen Scanlon
Ta, Thanh (Mary) (JT) The polarization of narratives of the 1994 genocide: A re-examination of Rwanda 20 years on. Zwelethu Jolobe
Verwoerd, Wian (JT) The role of sport in peace/nation building. Annette Seegers
Zonneveld, Rolien (JT) What are the issues that have been overlooked by both the international community and the Rwandan government with regards to addressing the children born of rape as a result of the Rwandan genocide? Helen Scanlon

Master's in Public Policy and Administration

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Doyle, Monique (PPA) The South African Parliamentary Committee System and Institutional Capacity. Vinothan Naidoo
Dumezweni, Nomawethu (PPA) (Feb 2017 poss) What can the Black Industrialist Programme (BIP) tell us about Policy Learning in the light of Policy Change? Anthony Butler
Dyosi, Fiona (PPA) Local Economic Development in South Africa: A critical analysis of Local Economic Development in Stutterheim. Vinothan Naidoo
Joseph, Tatum (PPA) Public sector recruitment in South African public schools. Robert Cameron
Mafwenko, Mazuba (PPA) The Implications of Aid Dependence on Public Sector Governance Reform: Is the 2005 Paris Agenda the Answer? Robert Cameron
Mare, Annelie (PPA) An assessment of policy coordination in the implementation of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme. Vinothan Naidoo
Ryan, Erica (PPA) Sexual violence in post conflict scenarios: Comparing sexual violence during the ANC armed struggle and sexual violence during the democratic era. Robert Cameron
Siyobi, Busisipho (PPA) A Case Study of Anglo American Platinum’s Corporate Social Investment programmes in the North West and Limpopo Department of Education: What are the key impediments to effective alignment of the corporate social investment programmes with the objectives and aims of the provincial education departments? Anthony Butler
Van Der Rheede, Lauren (PPA) The Effect of the Teacher Rationalization and Redeployment Policy on the Coloured Teaching Profession in the Western Cape. Robert Cameron

Master's in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)  

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Brown, Lisa (PPE) The nature of India’s economic diplomacy in Sub-Saharan Africa: The cases of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. Karen Smith
Smith, Michael (PPE) Marxism and consciousness in South Africa: 1960 - 1994. Nash
Teichmann, Christina (PPE) Development Cooperation between Traditional and Emerging Donors: Challenges, Chances and Future Prospects. The Case of Germany and South Africa. Mattes

 

PolSt - Political Studies (Research degrees)
PubAd - Public Administration (Research degrees)
IR - International Relations
JT - Justice and Transformation
POL - Politics
PPA - Public Policy and Administration
PPE - Politics, Philosophy, Economics