Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Marianne Louw


Under the guidance of an allocated supervisor, students will complete a research proposal. The research proposal will be compiled on an approved topic related to Communication and Media Studies. Students will meet with their supervisor on a regular basis and will be required to submit bi-monthly reports on proposal related writing assignments.


  1. Design a research proposal under the supervision of an academic supervisor.
  2. Identify a research problem, goals and questions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain an argument within the proposal.
  4. Critically assess relevant primary and secondary literature in support of the dissertation topic and argument.
  5. Critically assess and review relevant theories for the theoretical framework of the proposal.
  6. Identify the research approaches and methodological issues relevant to the selected topic.
  7. Address ethics and ethical clearance application issues.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological approaches and design and development requirements in a particular sub-discipline in Communication and Media Studies under investigation.


Research proposal: 6000 words (85%)
Proposal presentation 500 words (15%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour supervision per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First degree with a major in communication, writing, international studies or equivalent.