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South African Politics Sciences & the Environment Program Fall 2022 Semester - Cape Town

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South African Politics

South African Politics Course Overview

OVERVIEW

CEA Partner Institution: University of Cape Town
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Primary Subject Area: Political Science
Instruction in: English
Course Code: POL2043S
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 5
Prerequisites: POL1004F (or POL1009F if taken in 2015 or before) or with special permission from the Head of Department.

DESCRIPTION

This course introduces students to the academic study of South African politics. It explores the country's recent political history, the political legacies of segregation and apartheid, and the relationships between politics and broader social life. It goes on to explore the character and significance of the country's 'democratic transition'. The course also investigates the country?s constitution, electoral systems, political parties, party system, and associational politics. Students learn key academic approaches to the study of domestic politics and apply these to the study of South Africa.

DP requirements: Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment: Coursework 50%; final exam 50%.

The University of Cape Town awards credits based on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to determine course and contact hour recommendations per course. 1 NQF credit represents roughly 10 notional hours of work which includes study time, assignments and examinations. Notional hours may very per courses depending on the course level and modality therefore, CEA recommends using NQF credits as a basis to determine U.S. equivalencies (1 NQF=.222 semester credits)

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