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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|91757||Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies|
|Nelson Mandela University|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CHE - Council on Higher Education||HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Honours Degree||Field 07 - Human and Social Studies||Public Policy, Politics and Democratic Citizenship|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Not Applicable||NQF Level 08||Regular-Provider-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose is to provide learners with the opportunity to access and acquire quality inter-disciplinary and contemporary knowledge and develop competences through active engagement with the field of study known as development economics and its discourse and practices.
In terms of the intended outcomes, learners will be equipped to act as development practitioners in private establishments, government bodies and in NGOs, among others, where they will be able to identify, analyse and address typically diverse and complex development economics problems, review issues, offer and communicate creative insights, make decisions and use resources accountably and ethically with emphasis on strong community acceptance and ownership.
The Bachelor of Arts Honours qualification will provide students with the opportunity to reach a greater degree of specialisation at Honours level before embarking on a Master's Degree. The Bachelor of Arts Honours: Development Studies will thus serve as a vertical articulation route for cognate Bachelor Degree graduates and holders of cognate Advanced Diplomas to the next level of study, and subsequently, for admission into the Master of Arts: Development Studies qualification either by course work and research (treatise) or by research only (with full dissertation).
Figures sourced from Strategic Planning and Management Information show an exponential increase in student enrolment for the Master of Arts: Development Studies qualification. These figures indicate a high number of students entering with a recognised Bachelor's Degree who will now have to complete a Bachelor of Arts Honours year prior to admission into the Master of Arts programme.
These figures further indicate the need that exists among development practitioners in private establishments, government bodies and NGOs for further development of competencies to identify, analyse and address typically diverse and complex socio-economic development problems.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Students who register for this qualification are assumed to be competent at NQF Level 7.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
Applicants who do not meet the admission criteria as stipulated, but who can demonstrate experiential or work-based learning at an equivalent level may be considered for RPL provided a proper assessment of the prior learning has been conducted. Such candidates may be required to broaden their knowledge base by enrolling for identified preliminary modules prior to admission or parallel modules after admission. Candidates may also apply for exemption from certain modules on the grounds of credits obtained from relevant programmes of study concerned. The process will be implemented in strict adherence to the relevant institution policies and approval by relevant faculty structures.
Access to the Qualification:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|All modules are at NQF Level 8.
Select two modules from the following:
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Monitor and assess the impact of perspectives.
2. Actively participate in and contribute to the development, implementation and review of development policy and implementation.
3. Develop effective and sustainable programmes through the use of case studies and other appropriate examples to enhance sustainable projects.
4. Plan and conduct research on issues and problems related to socio-economic development and reconstruction.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
> Culture, gender and human rights.
> Community needs, aspirations and ownership.
> Local pressure groupings and power structures.
> Political, legal, social and financial realities.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
The method of assessment may vary according to the module purpose, its subject matter and the teaching and learning approach adopted. Some modules are theoretically oriented; others require a more practical, hands-on approach. This will be reflected in the assessment instruments.
Continuous assessment will be applied throughout the programme, with the exception of module Guided Research Report. Continuous assessment requires the completion of a mixture of assignments or tasks during the semester, ranging from informal and formal formative assignments that include presentations and progress checks to an announced presentation.
Details of the assessment evidence as required, including the presentation and assessment topics and tasks, their format and criteria are set out in the student module guides made available at the beginning of each semester, both as a handout and electronically.
|The qualification was compared to qualifications offered in the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (USA).
School of Languages and Area Studies of the University of Portsmouth, UK offers a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies.
A large part of the final year is given over to specialist study, including the preparation of a dissertation.
> Colonialism and the End of Empire in Black Africa: France and West Africa.
> Global Political Economy.
> City and Nation: The Latin American Urban Experience.
> Europe In The World.
> Gender and Development.
> Transitional Justice and Human Rights In Latin America.
> Colonialism and End of Empire In North Africa: France and Algeria.
> Contemporary Issues and Controversies In Latin America.
> China and East Asian Economies.
> Protecting the Environment in Europe.
School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, offers a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies.
Independent Study Project:
Development Studies Options including:
University of California (UCLA) International Institute:
The International Development Studies Program offers UCLA undergraduates an interdisciplinary education on the critical issues, problems, and achievements common to developing regions of the world. UCLA offers an undergraduate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Development Studies.
The interdisciplinary approach to the study of international development enables students to address urgent global issues from several different academic perspectives. Ranging from Anthropology to Economics, Public Health to Women's Studies, Geography to History, and Political Science to Sociology, the curriculum exposes students to the concerns of the developing countries of Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. An understanding of these issues is indispensable for both practical and scholarly purposes. While encouraging the acquisition of theoretical and conceptual knowledge, the program is equally concerned with their practical application to global realities.
International Development Studies Departmental Honours Programme:
General Program Information:
The International Development Studies Departmental Honours Program was created to offer highly motivated students the opportunity to design and conduct their own independent research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The honours program consists of a three-quarter, directed-study series of courses (Directed Study for Honours: IDS 198A, 198B, and 198C) culminating in an honours thesis.
Throughout the three quarters, students work closely with their faculty advisor who guides them through the various phases of the research. At the end of the third quarter, students will submit a thesis to their faculty advisor for final review. Note that the thesis is intended to be quite substantial in its scholarship - between 40 to 60 pages of text in length.
The Bachelor of Arts Honours: Development Studies compares favourably with qualifications from the UK and US in terms of the duration and content, including the research that is undertaken during the course.
|This qualification articulates horizontally with the following qualification:
This qualification articulates vertically with the following qualifications:
|For all exit level modules, an external moderator will be appointed.|
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Assessors must be qualified at least one level higher than the module level they assess. As The institution accredits lecturers as assessors and takes responsibility for training as assessors.|
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