School of Arts & Humanities
Bachelor of Arts with Majors in:
- Politics and Government
Qualification / Course Information
This programme will equip students to be public intellectuals and reflexive practitioners who work for change within an African and international context. The qualifying student gains insight into the multifarious role of the humanities in society and skills for more respectful intercultural encounters. They learn analytical skills to understand the African context and to interpret the context creatively. They gain ethical leadership skills that equip them to lead and mobilize organisations and communities towards personal wholeness and societal transformation. Successful completion of the degree will lead to an informed historical consciousness, a solid knowledge of politics, philosophy and economics, and a critical awareness of the factors that shape the life of society. They learn how to locate and critically interpret different sources and to use them in combatting abuse and injustice, to build safe and just communities. The programme helps them become self-motivated life-long learners in the service of humanity.
FURTHER STUDY OPPORTUNITIES:
Students on this programme can articulate horizontally to similar programmes at other institutions in the Arts
(eg Bachelors, Certificates, Diploma and Advanced Diploma programmes depending on the level or modules that the student has completed) with more extensive elective options or a more specific focus depending on the needs of the student.
The following are examples:
- STADIO: Bachelor of Arts in Law SAQA ID: 117948
Students on this programme can articulate vertically to postgraduate programmes at other institutions specialising in one of the majors offered/selected on the Bachelor. These can include the Bachelor Honours and Postgraduate Diploma.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING
Distance learning students have access to STADIO’s student support services via the learning management system. Students can access a range of presentations and online support initiatives aimed at success and wellness. At the start of the semester, new students will be invited to join the online student orientation programme to familiarise themselves with the services offered by STADIO.
STADIO, in partnership with SADAG, has a dedicated STADIO student helpline providing students with free telephonic counselling, information, referrals, and support. Students will also have access to general counselling services.
THE ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS ARE:
Senior Certificate (SC) with degree endorsement; OR
a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 50% in four 20-credit subjects, and a minimum of 40% in English Home Language or First Additional Language; OR
a National Senior Certificate – Vocational Level 4 (NC(V)) with a minimum of 60% in three fundamental subjects including English; and minimum 70% in four vocational subjects; OR
a Higher Certificate (NQF 5), Advanced Certificate (NQF 6) or Diploma (NQF 6) in a cognate field.
MATURE AGE EXEMPTION:
Candidates who do not meet the requirements for degree studies listed above, but who have reached the ages of 23 or 45 respectively, may apply for Mature Age Exemption via the USAF Matriculation Board under the following conditions:
- Candidates who have reached/will reach the age of 23 during the first year of registration and who have achieved a Senior Certificate with a pass in at least four subjects, including one of the official languages and including one subject on Higher Grade
- Candidates who have reached the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.
A limited number of applicants will be admitted under the rules of Recognition of Prior Learning.
STADIO is committed to achieving inclusion and to overcome barriers to access and success in higher education. Applicants who do not meet the stated admission criteria, but who have relevant work experience and/or prior learning may apply for admission under the policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). STADIO admits a maximum of 10% per cohort via RPL. The implementation of RPL is context-specific, in terms of discipline, programme and level. Further information may be obtained from your Student Recruitment Advisor.
1st YEAR MODULES
Politics & Government 1
ELECTIVE I Choose TWO of the following elective modules:
Global Citizenship OR Leadership & Ethics OR Understanding Human Behaviour
3rd YEAR MODULES
Politics & Government 3A
Politics & Government 3B
Politics & Government 3C
2nd YEAR MODULES
Politics & Government 2A
Politics & Government 2B
ELECTIVE I Choose ONE of the following elective modules:
Innovation OR Understanding & Managing Creativity
Students completing the qualification will be well positioned for various careers:
- Political Analyst
- Media and Journalism
- Academic Research / Marketing Research
- Government - Foreign Affairs
- Diplomatic Service
- Policy & Governance