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Handbook 2005

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.
Website: www.uct.ac.za/depts/politics

Head of Department:
Professor R G Cameron, MPubAdmin PhD Cape Town (on sabbatical in 2005)

Acting Head in First Semester:
Professor R A Schrire, BCom Cape Town MA American University Washington PhD Calif

Acting Head in Second Semester: 
Professor A Seegers, MA Pret PhD Loyola

Professors:
Professor 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:
Z Jolobe, MSocSc Cape Town 
D Muller, MA Stell (joint appointment with CHED)
G Naidoo, BBibl Hons(PubAd) MA(PubAd) Durban-Westville MBA Edinburgh

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:

A double major combination of Politics and Public Policy and Administration is possible, but not of Politics and Political Thought. Similarly, a double major combination of Politics and Philosophy is 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):

First year

 

POL104F Introduction to Politics

 

POL105S International Politics (was POL226F)

 

Second year

 

POL238F Comparative Politics

 

POL202S Political Theory

 

Third year

 

Transitional arrangement for 2005 only:

 

Any TWO of the following:

 

POL332F Political Analysis

 

POL313S South African Political Thought and Traditions

 

POL329S Third World Politics

 

POL330S Conflict in World Politics

 

From 2006 onwards:

 

POL332F Political Analysis

 

and ONE of the following:

 

POL313S South African Political Thought and Traditions

 

POL329S Third World Politics

 

POL330S Conflict in World Politics

 

Recommended introductory course:

REL111F/S Introduction to Critical Thinking and the Social Sciences (was DOH100F/S)

Prerequisites:

(i)

For POL105S: POL104F

(ii)

For POL202S: POL238F

(iii)

For POL238F: POL105S (from 2006 onwards)

(iv)

For POL313S: POL332F (from 2006 onwards)

(v)

For POL329S: POL332F (from 2006 onwards)

(vi)

For POL330S: POL332F (from 2006 onwards)

(vii)

For POL332F: POL202S (from 2006 onwards)

Transitional prerequisites for 2005:

(i)

For POL238F: POL104F

(ii)

For POL313S: POL230F and POL218F/S

(iii)

For POL329S: POL230F and POL218F/S

(iv)

For POL330S: POL230F and POL218F/S

(v)

For POL332F: POL230F and POL218F/S

General comments on prerequisites:

The prerequisites for students registered for either the Commerce or the Humanities PPE programme (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) will differ slightly from those printed above.  Please consult your Programme Convenor.

Requirements for a major in Public Policy and Administration (PPA):

First Semester

Second Semester

Second year

 

 

 

POL222F State, Management and Administration

 

POL237S Public and Development Administration

 

Third year

 

 

 

POL337F Policy and Administration

 

POL338S Urban Politics and Administration

 

Recommended introductory course:

REL111F/S Introduction to Critical Thinking and the Social Sciences (was DOH100F/S)

 Prerequisites:

(i)

For POL222F: POL104F/S or any one 100-level ECO, SOC, PHI, PSY, SAN or HST course

(ii)

For POL237S: POL222F

(iii)

For POL337F: POL235S or POL237S

(iv)

For POL338S: POL337F

 Requirements for a major in Political Thought (PTH):

(Available only to students registered before 2005)

First year

 

PHI110S Ethics *

 

ONE of the following:

 

PHI124F Introduction to Philosophy *

 

POL104F Introduction to Politics

 

Second year

 

PHI239S Classical Political Philosophy *

 

ONE of the following:

 

PHI237F Applied Ethics *

 

POL236F Introductory Political Economy (not offered in 2005)

 

POL218F/S South African Politics

 

SOC219F Social Theory **

 

Third year

 

PHI309F Contemporary Political Philosophy *

 

POL313S South African Political Thought and Traditions

 

* See entry under Department of Philosophy
** See entry under Department of Sociology

 Recommended introductory course:

REL111F/S Introduction to Critical Thinking and the Social Sciences (was DOH100F/S) 
or
SLL101F/S Texts in Context (was DOH101F)

Prerequisites:

(i)

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

(ii)

For POL218F: POL104F

(iii)

For SOC219F: one of SOC105S, SAN113S, POL104S, EGS102S, ECO106F, ECO110F, ECO111S or PSY101W

(iv)

For PHI309F: PHI110S (or PHI124F) and PHI239S (or any 2 other 200-level PHI courses)

(v)

For POL313S: one of POL218F/S, PHI239S, HST232F or HST231S (for PTH students only)

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 Policy and 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 Honours in Public Policy: a social science or policy relevant bachelors degree, a bachelors degree with substantial policy-relevant work experience, or with permission of the programme convenor.

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.

Admission to all Honours programmes is selective.

Note on prerequisites and sub-minima:

Students should note the following:

(a)

Even if a student achieves a particular grade, he/she must still obtain the entrance requirements to individual courses;

(b)

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 qualify for an overall pass (50%), 55% to qualify for an overall lower second (60 - 69%), 65% to qualify for an overall upper second (70 - 74%) and 70% to qualify for an overall first (75% and above).

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 outlines

POL104F   INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS

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

Convenor: Professor R Schrire.

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.

Assessment:
Coursework counts 50%; June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL105S   INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (was POL226F)

First-year, second-semester course, 4 lectures per week, 1 tutorial per week.

Convenor: Dr J Akokpari.

Entrance requirements: POL104F.

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.

Assessment: 
Coursework counts 50%; October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL202S   POLITICAL THEORY

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

Convenor: To be announced.

Entrance requirements: POL238F.

Course outline: 
This course is an introduction to the fields of political theory and political philosophy.

Assessment: 
Coursework counts 50%; October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL218F   SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS

Second-year, first-semester course, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week.

Convenor: Dr T Reddy.

Entrance requirements: POL104F.

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 and macro-economic policy.

Assessment:
Coursework counts 50%; June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL222F   STATE, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

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

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 human development and policy challenges facing the national government.

Assessment:
Coursework counts 50%; June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL234S   THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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

Convenor: Dr H Stephan.

Entrance requirements: POL104F 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.

Assessment: 
Coursework counts 50%; October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL236F   INTRODUCTORY POLITICAL ECONOMY

(Not offered in 2005)


POL237S   PUBLIC AND DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

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

Convenor: Ms G Naidoo.[link broken]

Entrance requirements: POL222F.

Course outline: 
This course provides an introduction to concepts, ideas and theories of Public and Development Administration.

The first section of the course is concerned with an introduction to public administration and the work that shaped the current contours of the field. A comprehensive overview is given of public administration, public management and governance. There are at least four identifiable eras in the study of public administration which the course broadly focuses on: the classical approach (Scientific management, administrative theories and bureaucratic model); the neo-classical era (Human relations approach and behavioural systems school-motivation theories and leadership theories); the contemporary era (Systems approach and environmental approach) and the transcendental era (new public management paradigm).

The second section of the course introduces students to the changing understandings of development administration/management in the previous 70 years; the discourse of development; the objectives of developmental local government as prescribed by the state; the opportunities for and challenges to South African local government in its constitutionally defined developmental mandate; the current debate on the end of development and the ascendancy of poverty eradication, and case studies as a methodological approach to putting theory to practical application.

Assessment: 
Coursework counts 50%; October/November examination counts 50%.

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


POL238F   COMPARATIVE POLITICS

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

Convenor: Associate Professor R Mattes.

Entrance requirements: POL104F.

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.

Assessment: 
Coursework counts 50%; June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

DP requirements: 
Completion of tests and essays.


POL313S   SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT AND TRADITIONS

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

Convenor: To be announced.

Entrance requirements: POL230F and POL218F.

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

Assessment: 
Coursework counts 50%; October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL329S   THIRD WORLD POLITICS

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

Convenor: Ms M Simons.[link broken]

Entrance requirements: POL230F and POL218F.

Course outline:
This course examines political developments in the Third World through the lens of theory and selected case studies. The first part of the course introduces and analyses some key experiences shared by Third World countries. These include colonialism, the challenges of post-colonial "development" and the opportunities and constraints posed by globalisation. We will study how these processes impact on the politics of these societies. The second part of the course provides an in-depth analysis of the politics of Brazil, India, Nigeria and South Africa in comparative perspective.

Assessment:
Coursework counts 50%; October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL330S   CONFLICT IN WORLD POLITICS

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

Convenor: Professor A Seegers.

Entrance requirements: POL230F and POL218F.

Course outline:
An examination of conflict in world politics.

Assessment:
Coursework counts 50%; October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL332F   POLITICAL ANALYSIS

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

Convenor: Associate Professor R Mattes.

Entrance requirements: POL230F and POL218F.

Course outline:
This course is intended to introduce students to the basic steps and methods involved in empirical political science research. Students will focus on the logic of forming questions and testing hypotheses, conceptualisation, operationalisation, measurement and basic data analysis. An applied research project will also develop skills in a computer-based statistical and analysis package.

Assessment: 
Coursework 50%, June 3-hour examination, 50%.

DP requirements: 
Completion of all class assignments and tests.

POL337F   POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

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

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 environmental management policy. The second part of this course offers a comparative review of public sector reform and issues in public management.

Assessment: 
Coursework counts 50%; June 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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


POL338S  URBAN POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION

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

Convenor: Ms M Simons.[link broken]

Entrance requirements: POL337F.

Course outline: 
The first part 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 the international economy, the globalisation process and local conditions. The course examines urban development in a third world context.

The second part of the course locates 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.

Assessment:
Coursework counts 50%; October/November 3-hour examination counts 50%.

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

(updated 6 October 2004)