Bachelor of Arts (Sociology major) | Intermediate level
Sociology of Institutions (16 credits)
Sociological theory is applied to important institutions in society such as the family, religion, education and political institutions.
Perspectives on Social Change and Transformation (16 credits)
This module reviews several perspectives on community development and the social transformation process. The overall objective is to acquire an understanding of and ability to apply community development as an approach towards providing essential skills needed to work in a diverse community and broken world in a spirit of love and reconciliation, justice and peace.
Leadership Studies II
Peace Studies (8 credits)
The purpose of this module is to lay the foundation for biblical and contemporary theoretical approaches to reconciliation and peace-making. While this module introduces to student the various models of peace-making at interpersonal levels, it is more specifically aimed at exploring reconciliation in social and political settings. The module will be squarely located in the concrete realities of South Africa, paying specific attention to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). It will also explore themes such as forgiveness, restitution and re-humanisation in the context of communities of faith and in broader society.
Conflict Resolution (8 credits)
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to a foundation for a biblical and theological approach to conflict management that will guide church and community leaders in responding to interpersonal conflict both in the church and in the community. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of conflict resolution, equipping them with specific communication skills to enhance their relationships (interpersonal and intrapersonal). Students explore personal attitudes and approaches to conflict. This module makes use of case studies to assist students to reflect on the strategies, tactics and approaches used during conflict situations and emphasises the link between faith, communication, behaviour and conflict.
Leadership and Empowerment (16 credits)
This module explores the theory and practice of leadership in the context of the church and faith-based organisations. Attention will be given to issues such as the process of effectively utilising and developing human resources, sharing control and responsibility, teamwork, conflict management, strategic planning and managing diverse communication styles.
Community Development II
Sociology of Development (16 credits)
The aim of this module is to lay the conceptual foundation for further in-depth discussions on community development issues. The module will, therefore, introduce both macro theories pertaining to development and the basics of what we understand by community development. The underlying meaning of popular community development jargon will be critically revisited and debated to set the scene for further modules in community development. This module will also explore poverty as a development concern.
Community and Resource Mobilisation (16 credits)
The module seeks to introduce the learners to the conceptual framework for resource and community mobilisation, which are key activities within most development projects. Students will explore best practices and bad practices in regard to community and resource mobilisation, highlighting the value of community participation and the resource mobilisation environment as key components of the development process.
Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics (16 credits)
This module is designed to introduce students to basic concepts in research methodology and 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.
Psychotherapy (16 credits)
This module is an introduction to the theories, principles, and techniques of various current approaches to psychotherapy and brief therapy.
Family Counselling (16 credits)
This module provides a theoretical overview of family development and dimensions of healthy family functioning. These concepts are applied to the student’s family of origin. The student will practice intervention skills as a counsellor. This module also addresses family intervention strategies and family therapy modules.
Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counselling (16 credits)
In this module students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of crisis intervention, crisis and trauma counselling. It prepares the mental health worker with counselling principles and practical skills in crisis intervention and trauma debriefing.
Historical Literature and Culture (16 credits)
This module explores important historical social, political, economic and cultural issues by way of readings in a range of English literature from a variety of historical and cultural contexts prior to the 20th century. The module will focus primarily on two genres: the novel and poetry.
Contemporary Literature and Culture (16 credits)
This module explores important contemporary social, political, economic and cultural issues by way of readings in a range of English literature from a variety of historical and cultural contexts since the beginning of the 20th century. The module will include a significant focus on English literature produced in Africa.
Religious Studies II
Christian Spirituality: Foundations (16 credits)
This module provides an introduction to Christian Spirituality as it has unfolded across time and explores different facets of contemporary spiritual life and practice. It surveys various forms of worship as expressions of the range of biblical and traditional understandings, and also examines the theory and practice of worship in contemporary communities of faith and life. This module also includes a compulsory tutorial for spiritual formation.
Pentateuch (16 credits)
This module is a focused study of the Torah (or Pentateuch) with particular attention given to the nature and character of these writings as Israel’s core testimony concerning Yahweh. Some attention is given to the theological motifs (Law and Justice, Political Deliverance, and Economics and the Poor) embedded within the Torah and to the role of these motifs in community identity formation.
TESOL II (Campus only)
2A. TESOL Skills and Systems (16 credits)
This is an advanced module in the theory and practice of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Vocabulary acquisition, theory and practise will be taught. One significant unit of the module will cover English grammar and its role in language learning. While the focus is primarily on teaching adults, some attention will be given to teaching first and second additional language to young learners with particular reference to the South African curriculum. Students will spend two weeks of observing and teaching in a language classroom or specialist language school which could be before the commencement of the semester.
2B. TESOL Language Learning and Practice (16 credits)
This module will complete the process of preparing students to continue to grow as professionals and to make a contribution to the TESOL profession. Some skills needed to thrive in a cross-cultural context will be explored.
Students will understand and evaluate some of the theories and practices that inform language learning, teaching and professional practice. Teaching skills to be explored include language learning and acquisition, bilingualism and immersion, language, communication and culture and socio-linguistics. Skills and ethical issues related to living and teaching in a cross-cultural environment will also be investigated. Students will spend two weeks teaching under supervision in a cross-cultural setting.