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Students may register for either a combined coursework and thesis Master's degree or a Master's degree by thesis only, as recommended by the Head of Department. The Master's by coursework and thesis consists of three approved postgraduate courses and a thesis of 15 000 to 25 000 words. The required thesis length for the Master's by thesis only is 30 000 to 50 000 words. 

Master's students are required to have a thesis proposal passed by the Humanities Higher Degrees Committee by the 30th of November of the year in which the degree is begun. Those who do not succeed in doing so may not be permitted to continue with the Master's degree. Thesis proposals must conform to the Higher Degrees Guide and must be submitted to the Higher Degrees Committee with the approval of the supervisor and the Head of Department. To be awarded the degree, coursework Master's student need to pass all three courses and well as the thesis. They may not repeat courses already passed at Honours level. Students pursuing a Master's degree by full thesis may be upgraded to a PhD on the recommendations of the supervisor and Head of Department and with the permission of Senate.

Entrance Requirments

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

Interdisciplinary Honours Degrees

Approved courses in the Department of Political and International Studies may be taken in the Interdisciplinary Honours Programmes in Industrial Relations, Development Studies, Gender Studies and South African Cultural Studies.

Honours and Masters Courses 2018

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                                                

Generating Qualitative Data                                                                                     
Lecturer: Prof. Louise Vincent

Understanding Domination                                                                                                       
Lecturer: Dr Tony Fluxman                                                            

South Africa, Africa and the Global Politics of Human Rights
Lecturer: Dr Eduard Jordaan

Introduction to African Feminist Theory        
Lecturer: Ms Shingi Mtero                   

Africa: Changing IR                                                                        
Lecturer: Ms Yvonne Phyllis***                                              

African Political Economy                              
Lecturer: Dr. Sally Matthews

Democratic Theory                              
Lecturer: Professor Alexius Amtaika

Religion and International Relations                             
Lecturer: Professor Muhammed Haron***


Qualitative Data Analysis                                                                                    
Lecturer: Prof. Louise Vincent

Critical and Non-Western IR Theory
Lecturer: Professor Ahmed Salem*

The Politics of Collective Action
Lecturer: Dr Tony Fluxman 

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

Africa and the New Wars
Lecturer: Ms Shingi Mtero                               

Democracy and the Politics of the Internet     
Lecturer:  Dr Araba Sey**

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

South African Liberation Theories
Lecturer: Mr. Thapelo Tselapedi

*Term 3 only

**Term 4 only

***Term 2 only

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