Undergraduate studies

BA Governance and Political Transformation is a three-year degree with major modules in Political Science, Public Administration and Communications Studies. Students are introduced to the process and manner of making rules and decisions for society, it includes government mechanisms, institutions (legislature, executive and judiciary) and different actors (public private partnerships) and networks functioning on different spheres (local, provincial and national). Governance refers to consultation and negotiation, and not demand and control. Governance includes values and belief systems. Governance includes social, political and economic dimensions from local to international level. Good governance focuses on public participation, rule of law, transparency, responsibility, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency.

Governance takes place within the contexts of transformation and change. There must be constant assessment and evaluation of the present environment. Government and society must adapt to constant new ways to improve processes and structures and therefore is a dynamic science.

Admission Requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (Matric exemption)
  • Admission Point (AP) of 30+
  • Achievement level 4 (50%) in English

Career Opportunities

Students will be in a position to work as political analysts, parliamentary researchers, trade unionist, managers, advisors, public service (state departments), private sector, media, party politics, members of the legislature, local government and municipalities, research institutions, IEC, non-governmental organisations, international organisations (UN, AU), to name a few, and to make a difference in bringing about good governance practices.

Module information

Please refer to the Rulebook for Module information

Service-learning module: GOVE3724

As one of the compulsory modules in the BA Governance and Political Transformation degree, community service learning is one of the unique modules in the programme.

For more information
Dr Tania Coetzee 
+27 51 401 2628 


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

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

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

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