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The Honours degree consists of either five courses or four courses and a research essay of ten thousand words. The latter option may be exercised only on recommendation of the Head of Department. To be awarded an Honours degree, students must pass at least four out of the five courses taken and recieve an overall aggregated pass of at least 50%.

Entrance requirements

To be accepted into an Honours degree in the Department, students normally require a good second class pass in a bachelor's degree majoring in Political Studies or International Studies or, with the approval of the Head of Department, a good second class pass degree in a cognate discipline such as History, Sociology, Philosophy or Economics.

Honours and Masters Courses 2017 

Unless you have permission to do a long paper, Honours students choose five courses from among the following options; Master's students choose three -- the remainder of the Master's degree consists of a thesis:

SEMESTER ONE                                                

Africa and the New Wars                                                   
Lecturer: Ms Siphokazi Magadla 

Brazilian CFP / Foreign Policy                                                                         
Lecturer: Prof. Maria Soares Lima / Prof. Paul Bischoff

The Politics of Capital in South Africa
Lecturer: Mr Wesley Seale

The Politics of Energy  
Lecturer: Mr James Danielsen                      

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods                             
Lecturer: Prof. Louise Vincent / Chipo Munyuki                                                 

Africa: Changing IR                              
Lecturer: Prof. Paul Bischoff

Africa since 1945                              
Lecturer: Dr. Etienne Lock


Community, Justice and Freedom
Lecturer: Dr Isaias Chachine

African Political Economy
Lecturer: Dr Sally Matthews

Peace and Conflict in Africa        
Lecturers: (Visitors course: AAA / PSH / EB)

African Women and African Politics
Lecturer: Ms Shingi Mtero*                                

Disability Politics      
Lecturer: Desire Chiwandire

South Africa's Contested New Order      
Lecturer:  Prof. Steven Friedman

The Politics of Social Policy & Labour
Lecturer: Prof. Robert Van Niekerk**

*Term 3 only

**Term 4 only

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