Bachelor of Arts (Sociology major) | Advanced Level
Take Sociology lll plus 1 other subject and fieldwork
Community Research Methods (12 credits)
These modules aim to orient the student to community based research (i.e.tools, techniques and methodologies); with the goal of helping a community identify an issue or problem, collect and analyze information, and act upon the problem in order to find solutions and to promote economic, social and political transformation. The modules will also review methodologies and approaches appropriate to community based participatory research.
Population and Development (12 credits)
This module focuses on social demography, examining such themes as socio-demographic indicators, population profile, health profile, urbanisation and migration profile, education profile, and human development profile. Students focus on local communities, South Africa and the African continent as they analyse the consequences of social demoraphic factors for research, policy, planning and development.
Contemporary Sociological Theory in Context (12 credits)
This module provides an in depth exploration of contemporary sociological theory. The implications of these theories for the challenges faced by contemporary society are debated and the student is encouraged to engage critically with these theories in light of contemporary issues such as globalisation, conflict, the environment, gender and poverty, with a special focus on South Africa and the African continent.
Senior Project Paper (12 credits)
This module provides an opportunity for final-year Sociology students to research and write a major paper about a topic of interest in their field.
Abnormal Psychology (12 credits)
An applied final year module focusing on conceptualisation and treatment in the field of abnormal psychology, as follows: Classification and Diagnosis; Clinical Assessment Procedures; Therapy Models.
Theories of Personality (12 credits)
This module aims to provide an overview of theories concerning the shaping of personality. It will examine the influences – both personal and environmental – that impact on personality development. A particular dimension of this is the impact of child-rearing practices on the shaping of personality. The module will examine personality traits, and theories behind personality traits
Research Methods and Statistics (12 credits)
Research Methods is a foundational module presenting basic research and statistical methodologies in preparation for graduate studies in Human Sciences. Statistics II is designed to extend students’ understanding of quantitative statistics. Students will be able to select appropriate statistical techniques for various research situations, execute these techniques and interpret these results making appropriate inferences.
Group Therapy (12 credits)
This module aims to provide the student with a basic theoretical understanding of groups, group processes, group dynamics and the stages in group development. The module also seeks to provide students with skills to be able to plan and facilitate psycho-educational workshops and groups.
Community Development III
Urban and Rural Development (12 credits)
This module seeks to explore in depth the dynamics that are involved in both cities and rural areas as unique spaces of social interaction. The module accords special attention to the impact of urbanization on the poor, elderly, youth, other marginalised groups, as well as rural areas. Specific themes discussed are the role of the urban and rural ares in the social and political economy of developing societies, and current approaches toward the management of the areas. It also seeks to help students outline the challenges facing urban and rural development in developing countries and in South Africa in particular. The various issues and themes are explored through field-based reflection, lectures and group discussions.
Community Development in Practice (12 credits)
This module covers the field of development from a sociological point of view with an emphasis on both the theoretical and practical facets of the developmental process. These themes will be related to current development challenges in SA and will be studied against the background of global trends as well as specific community issues. Whilst strong emphasis will be placed on a holistic and people-centred orientation to development theory and praxis, the economic prerequisites and requirements for development will also be stressed. Theoretical insights will be translated into skills required for hands-on community development.
Organisational Development (12 credits)
Organisational Development explores the theory and practice of management in the context of the church and other community-based and faith-based organisations. The management component of the module will examine practical issues such as managing change, strategic planning and human resource management.
Comparative Studies of Development Challenges in Africa (12 credits)
This module explores the reasons behind the developmental backlogs in Africa, including case study material comparing specific nations.
Sociology Fieldwork (24 credits)
Fieldwork is a practical, community-based extension of the academic programme in a defined module of study in Sociology. Fieldwork is a multidisciplinary application of what has been learned theoretically. It measures the practical capabilities of the student within a field or sphere of learning.