School of Social Sciences

Social Policy

Welcome to the Social Policy Programme

In recent years, political change in South Africa has resulted in major policy changes in all spheres of the country’s social and economic life.  This process of transformation has created a need for a considerable increase in personnel trained in the analysis of social and economic issues and policies. The purpose of the Social Policy Programme is to equip graduates and professionals with knowledge and skills necessary for social policy analysis and development management.  It is also aimed at those in responsible positions in public service, NGOs and other development institutions that are committed to meet the challenge of managing change in South Africa, in the broader southern African region and beyond.

The School of Social Sciences invites applications from those who are in possession of an  honours or equivalent degree from a recognised tertiary institution for the masters by coursework programme in Social Policy commencing in 2014.  The programme will be offered on a one year fulltime basis for 2014.  Those who possess a strong  honours or equivalent degree may be considered for the masters by research programme.  A PhD programme is also available for those who already possess a masters degree in Social Policy or in a cognate discipline.   Ideally applicants should possess a credit weighted average of above 60 percent for their degrees honours or equivalent degree.

The structure of the programme is as follows:

Masters by Course-work, Full-time 

Duration: 1 year, Credits: 192

Semester #1 (These courses may be offered in Semester #2 in 2014)

  • (SocP 811) South African Economic Issues (16c)
  • (SocP802)  Governance and Public Participation (32c)
  • (SocP809)  Political Economy of Basic Services Delivery in South Africa (32c)
  • (Socy 800)  Social Research Methods (16c)

Semester #2

  • (SocP8SD) Coursework Dissertation (96 c)

For more information please contact:

Dr Sagie Narsiah

Associate Professor
(Cluster leader: IPA)

Contact Details

031 260 2470/2628(Howard)