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POL1004F   INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS

(NOTE: This course may also be offered in Summer/Winter Term - please consult the Faculty)

NQF credits: 18 at HEQSF level 5.

First-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

ConvenerDr Zwelethu Jolobe

Entrance requirements: Faculty admission. Registration to this course is strictly restricted to students registered for a Major in the Political Studies Department, or to students in the PPE programme or the 4-year version of the general bachelor’s degree.

Course outline: The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to key concepts in Political Studies including power, authority and legitimacy. These concepts will be applied to the study of comparative politics and international theory. The case study of South African politics constitutes an application of the conceptual and theoretical material to contemporary politics.

Lecture times: Monday to Thursday 7th period.

DP requirements: Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests is a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment:  Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%.


POL1009F   INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS PLUS 

NQF credits: 10 at HEQSF level 5 

First-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week, 2 tutorials per week.

Convener: Ms Ashleigh Edden

Entrance requirements: Students in the extended version of the BA or BSocSc who are also registered for POL1004F.

Co-requisites: Students are required to register for both the regular course (POL1004F) and the augmenting course when requiring the augmenting support.

Course outline: The purpose of this course is to augment and support its co-requisite course: POL1004F Introduction to Politics. It aims to improve students’ performance by enhancing their grasp of key ideas and concepts, and by developing their mastery of the disciplinary discourse. It provides additional pedagogic enrichment in the form of regular Plus Tuts that extend into Writing Hub exercises and consultations. In these tutorials, students will receive explicit support around the co-requisite course assignments and detailed feedback on their written work.

Tutorial times: Tutorial times by sign-up with the department.

DP requirements:  100% tutorial attendance plus successful completion of all coursework assignments.

Assessment: Coursework 100% comprising of tutorial assessments and other written work.


POL2038F   COMPARATIVE POLITICS

(NOTE: This course may also be offered in Summer/Winter Term - please consult the Faculty)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 6.

Second-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

Convener:  Ms Alecia Ndlovu (co-teaching with Mr Matthias Kroenke)

Entrance requirements: POL1004F (or POL1009F if taken in 2015 or before) or POL1005S (or POL1010S if taken in 2015 or before).

Course outline:  This course introduces students to the major concepts, approaches, themes and topics of inquiry in the field of comparative politics. The course is designed to relate specific theories and relevant case studies and/or empirical evidence. The first part of the course focuses on the broad theme of comparative government and the second on violent processes of political change.

Lecture times: Monday to Thursday 7th period.

DP requirements:  Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment:  Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%. 


POL2039F   THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 6.

Second-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

Convener: Dr Harry Stephan (co-teaching with Mr Thomas Isbell)

Entrance requirements: POL1004F (or POL1009F if taken in 2015 or before) or any two 2000-level ECO courses or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline:  This course is designed to introduce students to the social and political factors that shaped the post-WWII international political economy, the major theoretical frameworks that are used to study the international political economy and the main critiques of these frameworks. Students will also be introduced to key theoretical debates in comparative politics, history and international political economy about the role of the state in shaping the development path of the economies they govern.

Lecture times: Monday to Thursday 6th period.

DP requirements: Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment:  Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%. 


POL3029F   POLITICS OF AFRICA AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH (was Third World Politics)

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

Third-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

Convener: Dr Lauren Paremoer

Entrance requirements: Any TWO 2000-level POL courses, or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline:  This course reviews the theories and approaches that are typically used to analyse the political economies and political regimes of countries in the global South. The reliability, validity and normative implications of these theories will be evaluated with reference to key case studies -- in many cases drawn from the African Continent – in order to illustrate or problematise their claims. Though this is a political science course, our study of the politics of the South will be informed by debates that span a number of disciplines, including history, economics, law, anthropology and sociology.

Lecture times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 4th period.

DP requirements:  Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment:  Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%.


POL3030F   CONFLICT IN WORLD POLITICS

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

Third-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

Convener: Professor Annette Seegers

Entrance requirements: POL2038F or POL2039F, or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline:  In this course we examine conflict in world politics. We focus on: 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.

Lecture times: Monday to Thursday 6th period.

DP requirements:  Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment: Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%. 


POL3037F   POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

Third-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

Convener: Ms Ashleigh Edden

Entrance requirements: Any 2000-level POL course.

Course outline: This course explores why conflict over public policy is inescapable. Policy makers try to reconcile antagonistic interests and to accommodate competing demands. Public policy also introduces judgements about fairness, equity and human dignity that cannot be reduced to technical issues for resolution by policy makers and officials. The course first investigates initiatives to provide all South African citizens with electricity, clean water, and a benign environment. It goes on to investigate government’s contested initiatives to provide citizens with good schooling and to develop an appropriate response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Lecture times: Monday to Thursday 7th period.

DP requirements:  Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment:  Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%. 


POL3043F   DEMOCRATIC THEORY AND PRACTICE

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

Third-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

Convener: Mr Thomas Isbell (co-teaching with Mr Joseph Chunga)

Entrance requirements: POL2038F or POL2042S or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline: This course aims to develop a deeper understanding of worldwide movement away from authoritarian and toward democratic government that took place in the last 25 years of the 20th century, and the problems of democratic consolidation that confront us in the 21st century. Readings, lectures, tutorials and research projects will be used to engage students with the basic skills of evidence-based analysis that political scientists use to test propositions about democratic government and citizenship.

Lecture times: Monday to Thursday 5th period.

DP requirements: Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be granted DP. In addition, completion of all written assignments, and tests is a requirement for DP. Should students fail to hand in all written assignments, and their research project, by due dates, the student shall be given the result ‘Duly Performed Certificate Refused (DPR)’ for the course.

Assessment:  Coursework counts 100% (tutorial assignments, class test, research project).