AZA4779 - Social science honours dissertation B - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Laurence Caromba


Mr Laurence Caromba

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


ATS4779, AZA4312, AZA4741


Under the guidance of an allocated supervisor, students will complete a research dissertation. The research dissertation will be based on the approved proposal done in the first semester.. Students will meet with their supervisor on a regular basis and will be required to submit bi-monthly reports on dissertation related writing assignments.


  1. Complete a research dissertation under the supervision of an academic supervisor.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain an argument within the dissertation.
  3. Critically assess relevant primary and secondary literature in support of the dissertation topic and argument.
  4. Critically assess and review relevant theories for the theoretical framework of the dissertation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation methods appropriate to the nature of the dissertation.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological approaches and design and development requirements in a particular sub-discipline under investigation.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to report on research findings and present the final dissertation.


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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