Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Honours in Philosophy (BA Hons)

The Honours course consists of five modules. The first four modules are taught modules and each runs over the course of about six weeks (or one term). ​

The details of how each module is taught and structured depend on the relevant lecturer. There will typically  be two classes per week, with one longer (3 hours) and one shorter class (1 hour). The format, duration, and method of assessment are also determined by each individual staff member, and may take the form of an essay or a formal written exam, an oral exam, or a combination of these. The taught modules depend heavily on the quality of student participation, which in turn depends on excellent student preparation for classes.  

The fifth module is made up of a research essay. Here you write an independently researched essay on the topic of your choice under supervision of the lecturer of your choice, as agreed upon early in the year, between student and supervisor. The supervisor will only take on research topics that fall within his or her expertise. The essays are typically between 20 and 25 pages in length.

You are allowed to replace one of the Honours philosophy modules with one Honours module in another subject (English, Economics, etc.) and will still get the philosophy degree if you comply with all the requirements.

There are also opportunities for exchanges with international universities. Typically such programs allow you to pay the Stellenbosch rate while studying philosophy in places like Leuven, Nijmegen, or Amsterdam.

The philosophy Honours courses offered vary from year to year.


Philosophy of Language (Dr. Smit)

The Moral Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (Prof. Roodt)

Post-structuralism and Complexity (Dr. Woermann)

Naturalism (Dr. De Villiers-Botha)

First Semester


Feminist Theory and the Law (Prof. du Toit)

Hermeneutics (Prof. van Niekerk)

 Philosophical counselling (Dr. Louw)

Utilitarianism (Dr. Hall)

Please contact Dr. Smit ( if you have any further questions.

Please consult the faculty yearbook for information about spesific admission requirement, programme structure, assessment, academic credits, etc. Click on the following link to view the yearbook: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 2016