Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Mr Muhammed Suleman


The unit examines sociological matters of social justice in a South African and African context. Issues that are critically examined include equity, minority rights, democratic government, economic opportunities and human rights. The unit adopts a comparative approach to social justice issues over several political and legal states and examines historical periods and the way in which they approached social justice. Consitutionalism, social and political control, and equity issues are analysed to demonstrate the disparate definitions of social justice.


On successful completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Identify and analyse matters related to power and privilege;
  2. Exhibit an understanding of self in relation to diverse and vulnerable populations, particularly in the South African and African contexts;
  3. Understand the various definitions and theoretical debates surrounding social justice;
  4. Identify and evaluate the contribution of national and international social justice movements;
  5. Exhibit the capacity to adopt a sociological perspective in relation to contemporary social justice related issues in a south African and African context.


Written work (3000 words): 70%
Exam 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture + One 1-hour tutorial per week

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


First year sequence in Sociology or Criminology and criminal justice.