Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Science (Specialisation in Sociology, Heritage Studies & History)

Period of study: 1 Year (Full-time); 2 Years (Part-time)

The General Rules of SPU in respect of admission to Bachelor Honours Degrees (aligned with the HEQSF) are applicable to this degree.

Applicants should be in possession of an undergraduate degree, majoring sociology or cognate discipline and must meet the minimum entry requirements.

The formal SPU RPL Policy applies in instances where applicants do not meet the minimum admission requirements.

Admission is subject to the school approval on the advice of the school postgraduate committee.

Prospective candidates should complete the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A short curriculum vitae
  • A full academic transcript of all years of postgraduate study at all institutions attended
  • SAQA accreditation (only applicable to International Students).

The programme has the following compulsory (core) courses:

  • Research project: Mini thesis/Mini-dissertation
  • Research methodology
  • Advanced social theory.          

NOTE: In addition to the compulsory core modules, students are also required to select any TWO elective modules to meet the requirements of 128 credits for the whole honours qualification.

Elective courses (choose any two of the following modules):

  • Perspectives in social inequality
  • Social movements, protest and collective action 
  • HIV/Aids: A social perspective            
  • Feminist theories and intersectional feminist debates.

For postgraduate inquiries, please contact: 

School of Humanities’ Registrar OR

Sukayna Obaray 

School Administrator

Telephone 053 491 0218 OR

Dr Crispen Chinguno 

Postgraduate Coordinator

Career opportunities

BA graduates are equipped to become researchers or practitioners in a variety of professional domains such as museums and other heritage organisations, language-based positions (translation and editing), teaching, communication, journalism, creative writing, media work, community development, tourism and the diplomatic service.