Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSouth Africa School of Social Sciences
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr 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


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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