Postgraduate studies

In light of the problems facing South Africa on political, economic, and socio-cultural domains, it is clear that the demand for new scientific knowledge in the field of governance and political transformation is unlimited. The reason is that governance refers to the process and manner of making rules and decisions for society and the manner in which government governs society. This includes government mechanisms, institutions and different actors (public private partnerships), as well as networks functioning in different spheres (local, provincial, and national). Governance includes values and belief systems. Good governance focuses on public participation, rule of law, transparency, responsibility, accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency.

Postgraduate Applications

To apply for a Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s Degree or PhD Studies in Governance and Political Transformation please contact the department via email governance@ufs.ac.za. Applications for 2021 open 1 October 2020 and close 30 November 2020

For more information, contact:
Dr Tania Coetzee
Programme Director and Senior Lecturer
Theology Building Room 117
T: +27 51 401 2628
F: +27 51 401 9351

Postgraduate Qualifications in Governance and Political Transformation

Postgraduate Diploma in Governance and Political Transformation

It is on NQF Level 8 with 120 credits in total. Duration is one (1) year.

Learners must complete eight modules, which include:

  • Governance environment and challenges
  • Governance and Political Transformation
  • Research Methodology
  • Strategic Management
  • Ethics
  • Religion and Governance
  • Municipal Governance
  • Comparative Analysis
  • South African Governance
  • Corporate governance
  • Law and Governance
  • Governing Change

The Admission Requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma is a B-degree or four-year National Diploma with an average of 60% for the previous qualification.

Information on contact sessions:

The Postgraduate Diploma will be conducted through contact sessions. Students must visit the Bloemfontein Campus to attend the different classes and lectures. Students are asked to visit the campus twice a year for at least a week. Maps and a list of possible guesthouses are provided to the students.

Master’s Degree in Governance and Political Transformation

The duration of the qualification is one year. The Master’s degree complies with two modules, namely the research methodology, and research proposal and the mini-dissertation. In total, it is 180 credits on NQF level 9. A list of topics for the mini-dissertations will be provided but the topics are all related to the field of governance and political transformation. Supervisors are appointed for the students to assist them with the research.

The Admission Requirements for the Master’s Degree is a B-degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Governance and Political Transformation or an Honours Degree with an average of 60% for the previous qualification.

Information on contact sessions:

The Master’s qualification will be conducted through contact sessions. Students must visit the Bloemfontein Campus to attend the different classes and lectures. Students are asked to visit the campus twice a year for at least a week. Maps and a list of possible guesthouses are provided to the students.

Mini dissertation topics by previous Master’s students in Governance and Political Transformation

PhD in Governance and Political transformation

This qualification is on NQF level 10 with 360 credits. Limited space is available for possible candidates. The PhD will make an original scientific contribution to the field of Governance and Political Transformation.

The Admission Requirements include the preference to students who have completed the Master’s in Governance and Political Transformation and who has obtained at least 70% for the Masters dissertation.

PhD graduate topics:

  • Corruption in the Eastern Cape: an exploratory study of corrupt practices in the social welfare department
  • Transforming service delivery in rural areas: an analysis of problems surrounding the institution of traditional leadership and its relation to democratically elected local government in Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Vigilantism as a feature of political decay: tendencies and case-studies in the post-1994 South African political dispensation
  • Democracy in South Africa: a Free State perspective on the December 2000 local government elections

FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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