The growing role of South Africa in the global community creates a demand for people who are trained in understanding global affairs, and who are able to operate and communicate effectively in multicultural contexts. The BA in International Studies enables students to:
- gain a solid understanding of the international system, in particular the international political economy;
- develop their knowledge of the peoples and traditions of diverse parts of the world;
- appreciate and manage cultural diversity in practical, decision-making contexts; and
- gain command of a foreign language.
The University of Stellenbosch offers a unique and exciting BA programme for people who are aiming at careers in:
- the diplomatic service
- the international offices of the Departments of Labour, Trade and Industry, and Defence
- the international section of Parliament
- the National Intelligence Agency
- the international telecommunications industry
- international journalism
- the tourism industry
- management consultancies
- research institutions
- regional or country-wide organisations which promote foreign trade and investment (e.g. WESGRO)
- headquarters or branch offices of international governmental organisations (the UN, World Trade Organisation, SADC, the Commonwealth, etc.)
- International non-governmental organisations (Amnesty International, World Economic Forum, etc.)
- global relief agencies such as Save the Children, OXFAM, etc.
- multinational corporations
- the export and import business
- combines the study of languages, culture, economics, history and international relations
- explores the challenges posed by cultural diversity, both in the South African context and globally exposes students to top-level local and international lecturers
- provides intensive exposure to areas that are of major importance to South Africa, such as Africa, the United States, Asia and Latin America
- provides interesting opportunities for students to continue with their studies in other countries, especially at the post-graduate level.
Specific Admission Requirements
- A National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with a mark of at least 4 (50%) in each of the four school subjects from the list of designated university admission subjects.
- English Home language: code 4 (50%) or English First Additional Language: code 5 (60%)
Mainstream admission requirement (three-year):
An average NSC percentation (excluding Life Orientation) of 60%
Extended degree programme admission requirement (four-year):
- An average NSC percentage (excluding Life Orientation) of 57 - 59% % (The NBT results may be taken into consideration for placing in the extended degree programme.)
Please consult the paragraph on Undergraduate Enrolment Management at the beginning of the chapter “Undergraduate Programmes”.
Consult Section 1, “General Information”, for more particulars on EDP.
Basic level (first year) (126 credits)
|Political Science||114(12), 144(12)|
|Decision Making and Value Studies||114(12), 144(12)|
Plus one of the following (24 credits):
|German||178(24) or 188(24)|
|French||178(24) or 188(24)|
Intermediate level (second year) (128 credits)
|Political Science||212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)|
|Decision Making and Value Studies||252(8)|
|Social Anthropology||242(8) or 252(8)|
Continuation of language taken during the first year (32 credits):
Advanced level (third year) (120 credits)
|Political Science||314(12), 324(12), 354(12), 364(12)|
Plus 24 credits from the following modules subject to the timetable
|Social Anthropology||324(12) and/or 354(12)|
|Decision Making and Value Studies||344(12) and/or 354(12)|
|German||318(24) (follows German 278) 328(24) (follows German 288)|
|Chinese||318(24) provided that there are no timetable conflicts|
An overview of module contents can be found under each departmental entry in Section 4, Undergraduate Subjects, Modules and Module Contents (refer to the Table of Contents for page numbers). For the contents of Economics 288, refer to Calendar, Part 10, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
Students are assessed through tests, exams, research assignments, essays and participation in practical exercises, including simulations of international negotiations. Enquire from participating departments for details regarding assessment.
Although the programme is predominantly bilingually, some modules in Political Science are taught by foreign academics and are therefore presented in English.
Programme Co-ordinator: Prof J van der Westhuizen, Political Science
Tel: +27 21 808 2502 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org