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Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) for 2019

Why study Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)?

An honours degree in child and youth development, communications and media studies, criminology, victimology and criminal justice, geography and environmental science, international studies or psychology will prepare you as a future public leader, professional or manager, with relevant and highly valued specialised knowledge of society’s institutions, cultures and values.

This prestigious program, comprising a fourth year of coursework and research after the completion of a relevant undergraduate degree, means you study independently on your choice of research topic, working with a carefully selected supervisor providing one-on-one guidance and academic counselling tailored to suit your needs.

Successful completion of this programme leads to an IIE qualification.

Career Opportunities

Sophisticated communication, analytical thinking and flexibility are the qualities you can expect to graduate with after completing the Bachelor of Social Science honours degree offered at IIE MSA. With skills like these you will be equipped to move into expert roles in areas like:

  • Journalism, public relations, marketing, branding and advertising
  • Criminal justice, policy development and human services
  • The police, courts and corrections
  • Government departments and Non-governmental organisations
  • Restorative justice processes, victim counselling and employee assistance programmes
  • Field work, addressing geographical and environmental problems
  • International relations, foreign policy and politics (local and national)
  • Psychology, counselling and societal developmentResearch and academia.
Duration

1 year full-time

Accreditation

Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 8, SAQA ID 90937

Fees for 2019
  • Domestic

    Fees are subject to change annually.

    R 68,694.00 (4,598.63 USD) per annum

  • International

    Fees are subject to change annually.

    R 68,694.00 (4,598.63 USD) per annum

    International fee per 48 credit points
    48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year

Domestic/South African students are advised to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each module in full before the commencement date of the module.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure

Payment Methods

For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/

Intakes
  • Domestic

    First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)

  • International

    First Semester (February)
    Second Semester (July)

Attendances

On-campus at IIE MSA: full-time

Programme code:

106IIE

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

Our classes are taught and assessed in English. View the English language requirements.

PROGRAMME LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree (or equivalent) including a major in their chosen Honours area of study with a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level three.

Students qualified to enter an honours program must normally do so within five years of the date on which they completed their undergraduate studies.

Students from another faculty or institution should contact the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences for more information.

Applications

30 November each year is the closing date for applications for Honours. Applicants will only receive feedback after the closing date.

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Our classes are taught and assessed in English. View the English language requirements.

PROGRAMME LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree (or equivalent) including a major in their chosen Honours area of study with a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level three.

Contact the relevant faculty for any additional or special requirements.

Students qualified to enter an honours program must normally do so within five years of the date on which they completed their undergraduate studies.

Students from another faculty or institution should contact the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences for more information.

Applications

30 November each year is the closing date for applications for Honours. Applicants will only receive feedback after the closing date.

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Study areas for Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Poor early life experience of children and adolescents - leading to harmful outcomes like underachievement, behaviour problems and crime - is a major focus in the study of child and youth development.

This major empowers you in assessing the needs of at-risk children and youth, teaches you how to design and implement programmes - for use in settings like early child care, education, the community, parent education, school, support and juvenile justice - and integrate tools and positive behaviour into the everyday life of children and youth, as well as what to do when an intervention is needed on someone's behalf.

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES

Communications focuses on the role of media in society and how this influences the way we receive communications and the way we communicate with each other. You will explore communication in interpersonal, organisational, corporate and intercultural contexts, gaining an understanding of the structures of communications industries and how to critically analyse the media. An opportunity to apply skills via a workplace internship is also available.

CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

When you consider it away from the glamour of books, movies, television programmes and sensational media coverage, crime is revealed to be both a fascinating and incredibly complex subject.

If you have an interest in deviance, conflict, crime, victimisation, society and the need for creating and maintaining safety then a major research piece in criminology and criminal justice is for you.

You may choose to focus your research on the forms of crime that can have a significant negative impact on society, the economy and the environment, or you might propose new ways to deal with crime, conflict and victimisation.

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

In this major you will develop an understanding of natural environments, societies, communities, economies, human-environment relations and environmental management.

You will cover both human geography and physical geography and have the opportunity to participate in field studies and trips allowing you to further develop and apply skills gained.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours is vital. International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics. Offering a uniquely African perspective to global issues, you will start by looking at the history of the 20th century and then move to the issues currently facing our world today.

JOURNALISM STUDIES

Through a combination of academic and practice-based work, students gain a solid foundation in all production technologies - print, video, radio and online - in metropolitan, regional and international contexts. You will be equipped with the skills required for the practices of research and reporting for news journalism and journalism production and develop an understanding of the technologically driven media society. The program opens employment opportunities in the print and electronic media in the private sector and government.

PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS

What sorts of things exist in the world and how are they related? How are the mind and matter related? Philosophy raises questions such as these about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find the answers. You will explore the notions of logic, critical reasoning, and both personal and professional ethics.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology draws on a range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, learning, problem solving, how we communicate, our emotions, and our social interactions. It allows us to examine how we respond to the world around us, providing valuable insights in how we can interact with the world more effectively and safely.

The Psychology major is research-led and based on the scientist-practitioner model of education whereby you will learn about psychology within a scientific perspective.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology explores people and the relationships that they have in different contexts such as families, schools and workplaces. Sociologists look to things like social class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand and explain the differences in how people live, think and feel.

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What is a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)?

This is a prestigious programme of coursework and research in social sciences and humanities for high achieving students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree. You will undertake research methodology training and carry out an independent research project in your selected discipline, working closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling. The programme offers a pathway to higher degree research in the social sciences.

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