GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT
GROUP ENGLISH STUDIES (MIL)
English Studies comprises two modules, English 114 offered in the first
semester to all first-year students, and English 144 offered in the second
semester to those students whose programmes allow them access to this course.
English 114: The purpose of this module is to provide students with reasoning,
critical thinking and general linguistic tools that will allow them to seek and
explore statements and opinions for both linguistic and factual correctness.
Through a core text on Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric, augmented by various
language and logical reasoning texts, sample texts such as newspaper articles,
television texts, printed and electronic media, poetry, song, and political
writing and speaking, students are guided in communicating successfully in all
disciplines by selecting and using language carefully, purposefully and
cogently, thus based on shared, generally accepted, factually sound logical
English 144: Following on the first semester module, this module focuses on
language use in an academic-professional context, with particular reference to
the study and work environment of a DoD professional who serves the global,
continental, regional and national imperatives of the organisation. To this end
it pursues the following objectives:
identify from texts the manifest relationship between power, culture and
self-search ways in which people (corporately an/or individually) control
and often abuse others through language in all spheres of life, and how it
impacts on global, continental, regional and national security.
critically consider and reconsider the manner in which language users
think, speak and write about people, ideas and things, and how it impacts
on global, continental, regional and national security.
hone students’ critical and cogent listening to, and reading, speaking and
writing about academic matters through English, the thread language of the
The generic outcomes for the English Studies Course are:
Problem Identification and Problem Solving: The student's ability to critically
identify and solve problems is developed through regular assignments and class
discussions during which problems are identified, researched and critically
Group Work: Students' ability to function and communicate in a group is
enhanced through regular open class discussions and debates, as well as group
discussions and debates.
Self-organisation and Self-management: These competencies are honed and
evaluated through regular assignments, and group and individual class
discussions or presentations.
Information Management: Students are expected to gather, critically analyse,
organize, evaluate and interpret information, and provide mostly written, but
also oral feedback from various sources of a diverse nature.
Science and Technology Application: Students are exposed to teaching and
learning through contemporary technology, and are expected to apply their
continuously developing technological skills in the finding and reproduction of
information relevant to this course.
Holistic View / World View: Material for this course is fully interdisciplinary
and international. Students are challenged to contextualize information
globally, continentally, regionally, nationally, and ultimately personally to
internalise scientifically researched facts and realities, and to critically
scrutinise world views and individual macro and micro affiliated believes and
Self-development: This course continuously challenges individuals to do critical
self-analysis, to consider the individual human footprint in contemporary and
PURPOSE OF SUBJECT GROUP ENGLISH STUDIES (MIL)
The purpose of the subject group is to equip DoD employees, in particular SANDF
officers, with disciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to their
contemporary professional application as guided and directed by the vision and
mission of the Faculty of Military Science which serves the
academic-professional vision and mission of both its academic head,
Stellenbosch University, and its professional master, the DoD.
Consequently, the future expansion of the academic offer of the Department of
Languages to include an increase in both depth (second and third year level
English) and width (regional and international languages and associated
cultures of strategic significance) will remain on relevant institutional