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)
Coordinator(s)Agnes Babugura


The unit will explore critical thought and theory in a specific field of geography and environmental science as identified by the students' supervisor in consultation with the student. It allows student to become immersed in a body of literature that is related to their emerging research interest. The coordinator of the unit guides the student along this process by facilitating seminars attended by all students taking this unit. Students will be guided in reading for research and identifying key thinkers and theories in their chosen topic.


  1. Demonstrate through their written work logical consistency and clarity
  2. Construct a verbal argument defending a theoretical standpoint
  3. Provide a succinct and critical assessment of a piece of academic literature
  4. Contribute to debate and discussions on theoretical and methodological discourse in the chosen field of Geography


One essay on theory in geography (2000-2500 words): 50%
One essay on the specific topic the student is working on (2000-2500 words): 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

On campus (per week): 1 hour
Private learning (per week):
. 3 hours literature search,
. 15 hours reading 10 journal articles,
. 5 hours constructing a critical review of the week's theme

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


Entry into Honours Social Science