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DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: DVA1501, DVA1502
NQF Level: 6: DVA2601, DVA2602, DVA2603
NQF Level: 7: DVA3701, DVA3703, DVA3704, DVA3705, DVA3706

Empowerment and Popular Initiatives - DVA3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To gain insight into the debate on empowerment and popular initiatives, and to analyse concepts such as mobilisation, participation, human action, classes, social formations, struggles and resistance in this context.
Rural Development - DVA3706
Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Is to introduce students to debates and issues concerning rural development. Those who complete this module will be able to identify, evaluate, critically reflect on and address complex rural problems. The module considers rural development in the global South in general and in Africa in particular, and will focus on local solutions.
Development debates and Issues - DVA4801
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To equip students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the contemporary field of Development Studies. Qualified students will be able to analyse global dynamics, recent debates, theories and selected topical and symptomatic issues.
Human Security and Development - DVA4802
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To equip students with comprehensive and systematic knowledge of themes of insecurity, risk and vulnerability in the development context. These are themes such as unsustainable livelihoods, food insecurity, forced migration, disaster, conflict and post-conflict insecurity and children at risk. Also to provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills to assess and apply strategies and frameworks of human security such as sustainable livelihoods, humanitarian intervention and frameworks to minimise risk and vulnerability in a development context.
Governance and Development - DVA4803
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To equip students with systematic knowledge and understanding of debates and issues of governance of development at global, national and local levels. Secondly it aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills to assess the governance of selected institutions with a specific focus on develpment assistance and intervention at global, national and local levels.
Sustainable Development: Policy, Practice and Environment - DVA4804
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To equip students with well-rounded systematic knowledge and an understanding of key themes of sustainable development within the development context. These are themes such as the nature of the environmental crisis within the global system, national and local sustainable development policy, theories of sustainable development, the clash between development and conservation as well as issues in sustainable development practice. Further to provide Students with in-depth knowledge and critical skills to assess and apply strategies and frameworks of sustainable development, inter alia in relation to new social movements, grassroots environmental movements, indigenous knowledge systems and development practice.
Gender and Development - DVA4805
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To equip students with systematic knowledge and understanding of debates and issues of gender and development at global, national and local levels. To also provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills to empower women and make them an integral part of a holistic approach to all development efforts.
Research Methodology in Development Studies - HMDVA81
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To equip students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the contemporary field of research methodology in Development Studies. Qualified students will be able to utilize relevant research methods in postgraduate research projects
Introduction to Development Studies - DVA1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To equip students to gain insight into basic concepts in the field of development studies.
Research Report in Development Studies - HRDVA82
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To equip students with advanced knowledge and practical experience of research in the field of Development Studies at the honours level.. Qualified students will be able to conduct competent basic research in the development field and will be able to conceptualize masters level research projects and draft masters' level research proposals.
Development Problems and Institutions - DVA1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in
Purpose: Is to introduce students to integrated development problems such as education and health, the role of the state in development, policy approaches, political and economic dynamics within states, the role of development institutions, and the importance of participatory development and empowerment Those who complete this module will be able to identify, evaluate, reflect on and develop schemes to address development problems. The module considers development in the global South in general and in Africa in particular, and will focus on local solutions.
Projects and Programmes as Instruments of Development - DVA2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To gain insight into projects and programmes as instruments of development, and to demonstrate understanding of functions and management techniques appropriate in development context.
Community Development and the Basic Needs Approach - DVA2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the process and dynamics of community development and the basic needs approach by linking related concepts and theories to practice.
Urban Development - DVA2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Is to equip students with knowledge and skills required to foster an understanding of debates on urban sustainable development and related trends in the global South. Those who complete this module will be able to identify, evaluate, critically reflect on and address complex socio-economic and developmental problems in urban spaces. The module considers urban development in the global South in general and in Africa in particular, and will focus on local solutions.
Development Theories - DVA3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To introduce students to key development theories such as modernisation, underdevelopment, sustainable and participatory development, to enable them to demonstrate understanding by comparing theories and by linking them to practical situations.
Development Policy and Strategies - DVA3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To gain insight into the process of formulating development policies and strategies at local, national and international levels, and to analyse the dynamics and issues of policy implementation.
Development Planning - DVA3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To gain insight into development planning theories and practices by reading texts and case studies on various approaches, actors and methods.