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SOCIOLOGY

Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: SOC1501, SOC1502
NQF Level: 6: SOC2601, SOC2602, SOC2604 and RSC2601
NQF Level: 7: SOC3701, SOC3702, SOC3703, SOC3704, SOC3705.

HIV/AIDS Programme Management - SBH4803
Post Graduate Diploma Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in Social Policy and Programme Design to: (a) have a comprehensive and systematic knowledge base on the purpose and use of social policies and programmes in addressing social issues such as HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Africa; (b) identify appropriate and applicable social and/or social behaviour change theories to design social policies and programmes; and (c) design a programme framework on a selected social issue like HIV and AIDS by following the steps in social programme design and development.
Community, Society and Inequality in a Globalised World: Introduction to Sociology - SOC1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Of this module is to equip students with skills, competencies, values and attitudes to be able to identify and explain a range of concepts and terms that reveal the central preoccupation of sociology as a scientific discipline. The module also gives students an opportunity to learn about sociological theory, presented in a variety of forms, including Durkheimian, Marxist, Weberian, post-modern, colonial, and post-colonial forms.
Social Responses to HIV/AIDS - SBH4805
Honours,Post Graduate Diploma Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Iis to equip students with advanced knowledge and applied skills to coordinate the planning of an integrated social response to the AIDS pandemic within the African and global context to: (a) identify and analyse the interrelated social and behaviour issues influencing social responses to the AIDS pandemic across Africa and globally; (b) interrogate the nature and types of current social responses to the AIDS pandemic; and (c) conduct a stakeholder analysis for the design and develop an integrated social response to the AIDS epidemic within a local community.
Understanding South Africa: Families, Education, Identities and Inequality - SOC1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to 1) develop their own views on current South African inequalities and flashpoints by exposure to systematic information, sociological concepts and theories (current conditions are understood within the changing South African and global context), and 2) interpret sociological trends in the South African context, and compare them with other selected African, developing and developed countries.
Religious Discourse and Practices Surrounding HIV/AIDS - SBH4806
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Is to introduce students to the wide range of religious practices and actions that impact on HIV/AIDS. Based on a theory of human action that contains world-view, ethical, ecological and practical dimensions, students are equipped with theoretical as well as applied competencies in order to engage religious discourse regarding issues of prevention, cure and care of persons, families, organisations and communities affected by HIV and AIDS. Upon completion students should (a) have a comprehensive and systematic knowledge of how religious discourses shape social actions of prevention, cure and care of HIV/AIDS patients; (b) identify and analyse such discourses on issues such as gender, body, sexuality and stigma that play a role in shaping social action in regards to HIV/AIDS; and (c) explore constructive modes of employing religious texts, discourse and symbols in bringing about and sustaining positive social action.
Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa - SOC2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Recommendation: SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
Purpose: Of this module is to assist students to understand the importance of globalisation in shaping social, economic, cultural and political changes in contemporary South African society and facilitate students' awareness of the principal dynamics in the historical evolution of South African society leading up to the political transition to democracy in 1994. The module also equips students to be able to explore a range of macro-economic policy frameworks adopted by the democratic government and their effects on the lives of ordinary South Africans since 1994 to the present and to become familiar with various social groups that are responding to the effects of globalisation on social change within civil society with selected case studies on gender, labour and educational struggles.
Sociology of Families and Social Problems - SOC2604
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Is to equip students with appropriate skills and competencies to be able to analyse families and households at a community, country and global context and furthermore to identify and describe a selected social problem within their own communities and country.
Thinking Sociologically: Research Methodology - SOC3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: RSC2601
Purpose: Approaches to social science research, the research process, specific sociological research techniques, working with data, and reflecting on social research.
Industrial Sociology - SOC3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: A critical sociological perspective on the nature of work and industrial relations, and its application to work and industrial relations in South Africa.
Sociology of Education - SOC3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Sociological analysis of relationships between education and social inequality.
Group Dynamics - SOC3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Sociological analysis of group processes, social interaction, social structure, social movements, and identity.
Theories of Social Change - SOC2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Recommendation: SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
Purpose: Of this module is to enable learners to make systematic sociological analyses of the nature of the phenomenon of social change, to understand the causes and consequences of the phenomenon, to understand the possibilities and limits to social change, and to understand the characteristics of sociological theories of social change.
Theorising Modernity: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory - SOC3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Classical and contemporary sociological theories.
Problematising Modernity - SOSTH1X
Honours NQF level: 7 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To engage with modernity as a social phenomenon in both Western and non-Western societies and studying its challenges and opportunities.
Sociological Research Methodologies on Social Issues - HMSOC82
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to analyse and apply the fundamentals of social research within the discipline of sociology and social and behaviour studies within an African context. The students will be able to apply relevant research methodologies and methods to conduct empirical investigations on social issues such as HIV and AIDS and others. to The module equips students to formulate a research question and adopt relevant research objectives in relation to it, the relevance and application of sub-questions and a thorough knowledge of research designs within different paradigms. Students will be equipped to select a research topic on a pertinent social issue within their communities or contexts.
Research Project - HRSBH81
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to produce a portfolio of evidence containing the results of a guided research process on social simulated scenario development in the fields of social and behavioural aspects of HIV and AIDS within a research team. This research will deal with identifying a case study on a selected social behaviour change intervention towards HIV-prevention, conducting a desk review, using social simulation to identify potential positive social impacts towards social behaviour change, preparing a Power Point presentation on the research results and recommendations and compiling a self-reflective report on the experiences in conducting the research.
Research Report in the Field of Work and Social Identity - HRSOC81
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To produce a portfolio of evidence containing the results of a guided research process in the fields of work and social identity. This research deals with theories, fundamental issues in the field and an empirical application.
Social Behavioural Aspects of HIV/AIDS - SBH4801
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: PYC4806
Purpose: To allow students to critically engage at a theoretical level and with advanced knowledge with the social and behavioural aspects of HIV and AIDS within the African and global context to: (a) demonstrate an advanced understanding of the social and behavioural aspects of theories of HIV and AIDS; (b) explore critically the impact of HIV and AIDS on sustainable development and population growth; and (c) develop and promote intervention directed to achieving healthy lifestyles and HIV-prevention by applying social behaviour change theories and models.