Master of Arts by Coursework and Research Report in the field of Social Development: Programme code: ACA00; Plan code: AFASDEV60
This course is offered as a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) postgraduate degree. It comprises of four different modules; three of the modules address relevant issues in the field of Social Development and the fourth module is a research report.
SOCW 7013A: Social Development
This module contextualises and conceptualises social development globally, regionally and within the South African context. Developmental Social Work and Social Welfare principles, relevant theoretical frameworks, approaches and strategies applicable to social development, as well as the process of social development are considered. This module enables students to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of different focus areas relevant to social development. The responsibilities and contributions of various institutional role-players in social development are explored. Students will be able to debate and critique the different aspects and focus areas within a social development context.
SOCW7014A: Social Policy
This module contextualises and conceptualises social policy globally, regionally and within the South African context. The values, ideologies, and other determinants that inform and influence social policy development and analysis are discussed. Students are exposed to various theoretical frameworks, models and approaches for understanding the policy making process. This module is designed to enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the methods used and steps followed in policy making and analysis within the social development context. This module will enable students to interpret social policy outcomes, critique social policy implementation, and conduct monitoring and evaluation. Students will be skilled in using appropriate tools in advocating for policy change.
SOCW7015A: Programme Design and Management
This module contextualises and conceptualises project/programme design and management in relation to social development and social policy. Students will be equipped with in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects/programmes within the social development context. This module is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to use appropriate tools and techniques in project/programme design and management. Students will gain knowledge about ethical principles, roles and functions relevant to project/programme management. Case studies on project/programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) within the global, regional and South African context will be examined.
SOCW7017A: Research Report (full-time) OR
SOCW7027A: Social Development Research Report (part-time) - Part 1
SOCW7028A: Social Development Research Report (part-time) - Part 2
The completion and submission of a research report between 20 000 and 30 000 words on an approved topic relevant to the field of Social Development is required. A departmental research supervisor will guide the student during the research process.
Entrance requirements are:
- An Honours degree with subjects in the Social Sciences, approved by the Social Work Department;
- SAQA NQF level 8 for international Honours degrees;
- Minimum average of 65% in the Honours degree (excluding the research mark);
- Minimum of 65% for the Honours research report;
- Be able to attend three one-week classes in the first year of study (full time) or three one-week classes in the first year and one week of classes in the second year of study (part time);
- Attend a selection interview; and
- Accepted applicants are required to attend a five-day orientation programme inclusive of a research methodology refresher course.
Please submit the Social Work Department Form with your Postgraduate Application via the self-service portal.
Applicants who are accepted, are required to attend a five-day orientation programme inclusive of a research methodology course.
University Application Process
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University Fees and Funding
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