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)Dr Anna-Mart van Wyk


Students will be allocated a supervisor with whom they will be expected to meet fortnightly and to whom they should submit drafts of written work on a regular basis. Students, with the guidance of supervisors, will choose a suitable topic with an international or African-centred focus, on which they will be required to write a dissertation of between 15,000-18,000 words during the course of their enrolment in part A and part B of the dissertation.


It is expected that students undertaking the unit will be able to:

  1. Undertake independent research under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
  2. Identify and develop research topics specific to an international or Africa-centred focus.
  3. Identify and develop key research questions.
  4. Pursue a program of research leading to the presentation of a duly completed dissertation.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to develop a sustained, coherent and logical argument within the dissertation.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through interrogating evidentiary biases.
  7. Demonstrate a command of the literature relevant to the particular area of International Studies under investigation and an understanding of how the research interacts with that literature.
  8. Critically discuss and evaluate both primary and secondary sources that are relevant to the particular question under investigation.
  9. Review and apply to their research relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks that underpin the particular question investigation
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological issues surrounding approaches to the particular area of International Studies under investigation.
  11. Identify and develop appropriate methodological approaches.


Students assessed after completion of Part B

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Bi-weekly supervision meetings

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


Completion of 8 first, second and third year units in International Studies