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Handbook 2004

The Department is housed on the 5th Floor of the Leslie Social Science Building.
The Departmental letter code is POL.
The Department can be contacted by email at politics@humanities.uct.ac.za

Professor and Head of Department:

  • R G Cameron, MPubAdmin PhD Cape Town

Professors:

  • R A Schrire, BCom Cape Town MA American University Washington PhD Calif
  • A Seegers, MA Pret PhD Loyola
  • J Seekings, BA(Hons) Oxon BA(Hons) Witwatersrand DPhil Oxon (joint appointment with Sociology) 

Associate Professors:

  • A Butler, MA Oxon PhD Cantab
  • R Mattes, MA Delaware PhD Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Senior Lecturers:

  • J Akokpari, BA(Hons) Ghana MA International University of Japan PhD Dalhousie
  • T Reddy, BSocSc (Hons) Natal MA PhD University of Washington
  • M Simons, BA(Hons) Cape Town
  • H J Stephan, BA University of California Berkeley PhD Georgetown

Lecturers:

  • D Muller, MA Stell (joint appointment with CHED)

Administrative Assistant:

  • Ms J Polzin, BMus HDE(PG)Sec Cape Town 

Senior Secretary:

  • Ms B Cloete

Majors:

The following majors can be taken as part of the general BA / BSocSc programme: 

  • POLITICS
  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
  • POLITICAL THOUGHT

Double major combinations of Politics and Public Administration are possible, but not of Politics and Political Thought. Similarly double major combinations of Politics and Philosophy are possible but not of Political Thought and Philosophy.

NOTE: No 200- or 300-level POL course can be counted towards more than one major. 


Requirements for a major in Politics (POL)

Second year (4 points)

Course Period
POL230F Political Dynamics  8
POL218S South African Politics 1

Third year (4 points)

TWO of the following:

Course Period
PHI309F Contemporary Political Philosophy 7
POL313S South African Political Thought and Traditions 5
POL329F Third World Politics 5
POL330S Conflict in World Politics 6
POL342S Empirical Research Methodology (was POL334H) 4

Required introductory course:

DOH100F/S  Introduction to Critical Thinking and the Social Sciences 

Prerequisites:

  1. For POL230F: POL104F, or permission of course convenor 
  2. For POL218S: POL230F 
  3. For PHI309F: PHI110S and PHI239S 
  4. For POL313S: one of POL218S, PHI239S, HST232F 
  5. For POL329F: any two 200-level POL courses 
  6. For POL330S: POL230F and one other 200-level POL course
  7. For POL342S: POL230F and one other 200-level course

Requirements for a major in Public Administration (PUB):

First Semester   Second Semester  
Second year (4 points)

Period

 

Period

POL222F State, Management and Administration 

7

POL237S Public and Development Administration 

8

Third year (4 points)      
POL337F Policy and Administration

6

POL338S Urban Politics and Administration 

7

Required introductory course:

DOH100F/S Introduction to Critical Thinking and the Social Sciences

Prerequisites:

  1. For POL222F: POL104F/S or any one 100-level ECO, SOC, PHI, PSY, SAN or HST course
  2. For POL237S: POL222F
  3. For POL337F: POL235S or POL237S
  4. For POL338S: POL337F

Requirements for a major in Political Thought (PTH):

First year (4 points)

Period

PHI110S Ethics 3 and 5
ONE of the following:  
PHI124F Introduction to Philosophy 5
POL104F Introduction to Politics 7
Second year (4 points)  
PHI239S Classical Political Philosophy 8
ONE of the following:  
PHI237F Applied Ethics 3
POL236F Introductory Political Economy 6
POL218S South African Politics 1
SOC219F Social Theory 2
Third year (4 points)  
PHI309F Contemporary Political Philosophy 7
POL313S South African Political Thought and Traditions 5

Required introductory course:

DOH100F/S Introduction to Critical Thinking and the Social Sciences
or
SLL101F/S Texts in Context (was DOH101F) 

Prerequisites:

  1. For PHI239S and PHI237F: students must be in their second year of university study and must have completed 8 credit points from any two undergraduate courses or equivalent combination of courses and semester courses 
  2. For ECO206F: POL104F/S or ECO110F/S
  3. For POL218S: POL230F
  4. For POL236F: POL104F/S or ECO110F/S
  5. For SOC219F: one of SOC105S, SAN113S, POL104S, EGS102S, ECO106F, ECO110F, ECO111S or PSY101W 
  6. For PHI309F: PHI110S and PHI239S
  7. For POL313S: one of POL218S, PHI239S, HST232F or HST231S 

Honours entry requirements:

For Honours in Political Studies (International Relations): a major in Political Studies or in International Relations, or its equivalent;

For Honours in Political Studies (South African and Comparative Politics): a major in Political Studies or in African Studies, or its equivalent;

For Honours in Public Affairs and Administration: a major in Public Administration, or its equivalent;

For Honours in Democratic Governance: a major in Political Studies or in Public Affairs and Administration, or HOD permission.

For the interdisciplinary MPhil in Public Policy Studies: the Public Policy Partnership (PPP) programme or a minimum of 4 senior courses from Political Studies, Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law, Moral Philosophy, Public Administration, International Finance, Macro- or Micro-economics, or a bachelors degree with substantial policy-relevant work experience.

For the interdisciplinary MPhil in Political Philosophy and Social Theory: a major in Political Thought, or in Political Studies or in Philosophy, or its equivalent. 


Note on prerequisites and sub-minima:

Students should note the following: 

  1. the entrance requirements to individual courses; 
  2. the following sub-minima for examinations apply to all courses offered by the Department: A student must obtain a minimum of 45% in the final examination to pass, 55% for a lower second, 65% for an upper second and 70% for a first. 

Note on supplementary and re-examination procedures:

First- and second-year level courses:

Opportunities for further examinations in the case of borderline failures may be provided before the results are finalised.

Third-year level courses:

Re-examination may be recommended if it is the last outstanding course for the degree. 


Course details for 2004

POL104F INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS

First-year, first-semester, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convener: Dr J. Akokpari

Entrance requirements: Faculty admission

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

Lecture times: 7th period.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and assignments as stipulated in the course handbooks.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%

  • June: one 3-hour examination counts 50%.


POL218S SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS

Second-year, second-semester course, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Dr T Reddy.

Entrance requirements: POL230F.

Course outline: This course introduces students to the political system of post-Apartheid South Africa, major policies, and some issues of contemporary debate. The first part of the course focuses on the transition process, and the main political institutions such as the constitution, executive, parliament, and the electoral and political party system. The second part examines a few significant themes of contemporary South African politics, viz. issues of identity, regional foreign policy, macro-economic policy, political corruption, labour relations and the TRC.

Lectures: 1st period.  

DP requirements: To be announced by the course convenor.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%

POL222F STATE, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

Second-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week, 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Associate Professor A Butler.

Entrance requirements: POL104F/S or any 100-level ECO, SOC, PHI, PSY, SAN or HST course.

Course outline: This course introduces basic concepts, methods and theories related to the analysis of the modern South African state, its policy-making processes, and its public administration. The course explores the roles and growth of the public sector, the organisation of South African government under the new constitution, how policy is made and implemented, the interface between public and private sectors, and the policy challenges facing the national government. 

Lectures: 7th period.

DP requirements: To be announced by the course convenor.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • June examination counts 50%

POL226F INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Second-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week, 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Dr J Akokpari.

Entrance requirements: POL104F/S or ECO110F/S.

Course outline: This course will provide an introduction to theories and approaches to international relations. This will include both policy and policy formulation at the level of the state as well as the consequences of state policies for the global system including stability, interdependence and global political economy.

Lectures: 6th period.

DP requirements: Completion of all written work/tests and two-thirds of tutorials.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • June 3-hour examination counts 50%

POL230F POLITICAL DYNAMICS

Second-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures and 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Dr T Reddy.

Entrance requirements: POL104F/S or permission of course convenor.

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 democratisation and the second on violent processes of political change.

Lectures: 8th period.

DP requirements: Completion of tests and essays.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • June 3-hour examination counts 50%

POL234S THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Second-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures and 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Dr H Stephan.

Entrance requirements: POL226F or POL230F or POL236F or any two 200-level ECO courses.

Course outline: An introduction to the politics of international economic institutions and non-state economic actors. State responses to the global economy, including mercantalism and liberalism, are explored, and the implications of globalisation and changes in the nature of sovereignty are examined.

Lectures: Meridian.

DP requirements: To be announced by the course convenor.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

POL237S PUBLIC AND DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

Second-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Ms M Simons.

Entrance requirements: POL222F.

Course outline: This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in Public and Development Administration.

Lectures: 8th period.

DP requirements: Completion of all written tests, essays and assignments.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • October/November examination counts 50%.

POL236F INTRODUCTORY POLITICAL ECONOMY

Second-year, first-semester, 4 lectures per week, 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Professor R Schrire.

Entrance requirements: POL104F/S or ECO110F/S.

Course outline: This course will trace the history of the emergence of a distinctive sub-discipline of political economy based in large part on both subject matter and methodology. Political Economy, defined as the interplay between politics and economics, has a long pedigree in which both marxist and non-marxist scholars have made important contributions. Topics in this field include the relationship between wealth and power, and the role played by trade in development/ underdevelopment. A very different conception of Political Economy is represented by scholars who apply axiomatic methodologies to social science analysis. This has involved the application of economic reasoning to the analysis of political and social issues such as voting behaviour, coalition formation, bureaucratic growth, and the logic of collective action. This course will seek to introduce students to both perspectives although the emphasis will be on the latter perspective with analyses of the ideas of contemporary thinkers such as Arrow, Riker and Axelrod.

Lectures: 6th period.

DP requirements: Completion of all written work/tests and two-thirds of tutorials.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

POL313S SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT AND TRADITIONS

Third-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures and 1 double-period tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: To be announced.

Entrance requirements: One of POL218S, PHI239S, HST232F or HST231S.

Course outline: A critical study of some major sources and traditions of South African political thinking.

Lectures: 5th period.

DP requirements: Regular participation in tutorials and completion of prescribed essays and written assignments.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

POL329F THIRD WORLD POLITICS

Third-year, first-semester course, 3 lectures per week, 1 tutorial, 2 points.

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Convenor: Ms M Simons.

Entrance requirements: Two 200-level courses (4 credit points) in POL.

Course outline: The course provides the theoretical background to Third World politics and focuses on key issues facing Third World states, including South Africa. Course material divides into two areas of study: (1) the relationship between Third World politics and world politics; and (2) the social categories relevant to the study of colonial and post-colonial politics.

Lectures: 5th period.

DP requirements: Completion of coursework requirements stipulated in course handbook(s).

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

POL330S CONFLICT IN WORLD POLITICS

Third-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures per week, 1 tutorial, 2 points.

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Convenor: Professor A Seegers.

Entrance requirements: POL230F/S and one other 200-level POL course.

Course outline: An examination of conflict in world politics.

Lectures: 6th period.

DP requirements: To be announced by the course convenor.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

POL342S EMPIRICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (was POL334H)

Third-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures a week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Associate Professor R Mattes.

Entrance requirements: POL230F and one other 200-level POL course.

Course outline: Focusing on selected research methods, this course introduces students to the basic logic and steps of empirical enquiry. It also introduces students to basic social science statistics and computer data analysis. The course will include a significant applied research project that will require students to test hypotheses that they have developed against existing data bases. Through this, students should develop both critical reasoning skills as well as applied research.

Lectures: 4th period.

DP requirements: Completion of all class assignments and tests.

Examination requirements: 

  • Coursework 50%
  • October/November examination, 50%.

POL337F POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

Third-year, first-semester course, 4 lectures per week, 1 tutorial, 2 points.

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Convenor: Associate Professor A Butler.

Entrance requirements: POL235S or POL237S.

Course outline: The first section of the course explores the origins and implications of fragmentation in South Africa's governmental machinery, and investigates some of the current government's initiatives in policy making and implementation using case studies in the areas of energy, water, and housing policy. The second part of this course offers a comparative review of public sector reform in both developed and developing countries, and goes on to explore in detail public sector reform in South Africa since 1994.

Lectures: 6th period.

DP requirements: To be announced by the course convenor.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

POL338S URBAN POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION

Third-year, second-semester course, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week, 2 points.

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Convenor: Professor R Cameron.

Entrance requirements: POL337F.

Course outline: This course places 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. 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.

Lectures: 7th period.

DP requirements: To be announced by the course convenor.

Examination requirements:

  • Coursework counts 50%
  • October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

(updated 19 January, 2004)