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POL1005S   INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS B  (was International 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, second-semester course, 4 lectures per week and at least 8 tutorials.

Convener: to be confirmed

Entrance requirements: DP for POL1004F (or POL1009F if taken in 2015 or before) or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline:  This course is an introduction to two related fields of Political Studies – Comparative Politics and International Relations. Comparative Politics involves the use of comparative approaches to study political institutions and processes within states. International Relations examines power relations across state borders. The course provides an introduction to the systematic study of both fields, with an emphasis on some of the leading theories and questions.

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%.


POL1010S   INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS B PLUS  (was International Politics plus)

NQF credits: 10 at HEQSF level 5.

(Note: 10 credits for augmented support do not count towards the degree)

First-year, second-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 POL1005S.

Co-requisites: Students are required to register for both the regular course (POL1005S) 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: POL1005S Introduction to Politics B. 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.

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

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


POL2042S   COMPARATIVE PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 6.

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

Convener: Dr Vinothan Naidoo

Entrance requirements: POL1004F (or POL1009F if taken in 2015 or before) or POL1005S or any 1000-level ECO, PHI, or PSY course or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline:  This course introduces students to the comparative study of civil service institutions (CSIs). As such, it complements the knowledge that students will already have acquired in introductory courses in public administration and comparative politics. The first half of the course discusses various theories which have sought to explain the organisation, internal structure and functioning, and reform of CSIs, and which provide a useful framework for studying CSIs comparatively. The second half of the course surveys the comparative research that has been generated on CSIs in various countries around the world.

Lecture times: Monday to Thursday 8th 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%. 


POL2043S   SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS  (offered from 2017)

NQF credits: 24 at HEQS level 6.

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

Convener: Dr Helen Scanlon

Entrance requirements: POL1004F (or POL1009F if taken in 2015 or before) or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline:  This course introduces students to the academic study of South African politics. It explores the country’s recent political history, the political legacies of segregation and apartheid, and the relationships between politics and broader social life. It goes on to explore the character and significance of the country’s ‘democratic transition’. The course also investigates the country’s constitution, electoral systems, political parties, party system, and associational politics. Students learn key academic approaches to the study of domestic politics and apply these to the study of South Africa.

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 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 MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

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


POL3038S   URBAN POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

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

Convener: Professor Robert Cameron

Entrance requirements: POL3037F.

Course outline:  The first section of the course locates South African local level politics and administration in the context of national and provincial state reform, and examines the significance of local implementation and service delivery for policy outputs and for the policy process as a whole. A theoretical framework for understanding local government reorganisation is developed and a comparative analysis undertaken of local government reorganisation with particular reference to metropolitan areas. There is in addition a focus on contemporary reforms which have affected South Africa's contemporary urban governance, such as the new megacities, politics-administration interface and developmental local government. The second section of the course introduces students to an overview of contemporary urban political and administrative challenges and opportunities. These challenges and opportunities occur in a context of global and local conditions. The course examines and compares good solutions to urban problems in third and first world cities. In its focus on delivery-level administration and politics, the course provides both intellectual and practical closure to the major sequence of courses on public administration, management and the policy process.

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%.


POL3039S   ADVANCED SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

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

Convener: Associate Professor Thiven Reddy

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

Course outline: What does political modernity mean in post-Apartheid South Africa? This course focuses on theories and approaches of comparative politics to interpret South African politics, post-1944. More specifically, we examine studies in modernity to ask critical questions of the conventional literature on Third Wave democratisation and specifically democratic consolidation in South Africa. A key theme is the focus on the ANC as a liberation movement and dominant party and its centrality in understanding contemporary South African politics. The emphasis in this course will be on critical analysis of the literature and empirical application to the South African case.

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%.


POL3044S   FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

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

Convener: Associate Professor John Akokpari

Entrance requirements: POL2002S, or POL2038F, POL2039F, or POL2041S or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Course outline:  This course is aimed at providing students with an understanding of the conduct of states’ external relations. It examines the dynamics of foreign policy, and the factors, forces and actors that enter upon foreign policy decision-making. It reviews the literature on the formulation and implementation of foreign policy with an emphasis on South African foreign policy.

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%.


POL3045S   GLOBAL GOVERNANCE  (offered from 2018)

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

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

Convener:  to be confirmed

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

Co-requisites: None.

Course outline:  Global governance refers to the way in which global affairs are managed in the absence of a global government, and involves a broad range of actors including states, international and regional organisations. This course provides an overview of the existing architecture of global governance, explores the management of selected global issues, and considers debates and new trends in global governance.

Lecture times: 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 MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

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


POL3046S   SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT  (offered from 2018)

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

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

Convener:  Associate Professor Thiven Reddy

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

Co-requisites: None

Course outline:  This course helps students to understand the complex relationships between Western, African, and South African Political Thought. The course introduces students to some of the key ideas in these traditions of political theory and explores some of the interactions between them. In particular, students will investigate the development of ideas concerning colonial rule and the nationalist responses to that rule, which together constitute a rich and complex literature. The themes address over the course will include the Western enlightenment, colonial modernity, nationalism and democracy.

Lecture times: 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 MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

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