Rhodes University Courses Humanities

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Rhodes University Courses Humanities

Rhodes University Courses Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities offers an excellent liberal arts education − an education for life and an education that is formative for almost any career choice. A liberal arts education provides students with critical reasoning skills, in particular, the ability to analyze and evaluate arguments, probe for hidden assumptions, to organize complex material in coherent ways; with an ability to understand the views of others; the ability to communicate well; a capacity to cope with ambiguity and uncertainty; and an acknowledgment of one’s own ignorance.

It is an education that introduces students to the formative moments of their histories, their societies, and their identities. It allows students to enjoy the worlds of music and drama and literature and languages. The Faculty offers a wide range of possible degrees and course combinations.

The Faculty provides education and not training. As such it provides students with the critical skills and characteristics which are so important for our individual and national development. All of the above may be combined with degrees or courses which are more immediately career-oriented than the liberal arts education. Specialized degrees in Journalism or Fine Art or Music are offered, but all within the context of a broad rather than technical education.

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A BA degree normally takes three years to complete. Ten courses need to be completed which must include two major subjects. To obtain a major subject, first, second, and third-year level courses must be completed, e.g. History 1, History 2, and History 3. Some majors require only two courses, e.g. Philosophy 2, Philosophy 3, and Classical Civilisation 2, Classical Civilisation 3. These are prerequisites to being admitted into these 2 major courses though. Faculty of humanities courses

Rhodes University Courses Humanities Possible major subjects are listed below: Faculty of humanities courses
Afrikaans en Nederlands (2)                                       Greek+
Anthropology                                                              History
Applied Mathematics (2)                                            Human Kinetics and Ergonomics
Art History and Virtual Culture                                   Organisational Psychology (2)
BA Studio Practice (Fine Art)                                      Industrial & Economic Sociology (2)
Classical Civilisation (2)                                             Journalism & Media Studies
Computer Science                                                      Latin+
Drama                                                                      Legal Theory
Economics                                                                 Mathematics
English                                                                       Mathematical Statistics
English Language and Linguistics                                  Music
Environmental Science (2)                                           Philosophy (2)
Ethnomusicology                                                         Politics
French++                                                                   Psychology
Geography                                                                  Sociology
German*                                                                    Xhosa (Non-Mother Tongue)*
+ With the exception of Latin IB, other Latin and Greek courses will only be offered if staffing resources permit. The courses indicated with (2) are possible 2-year major subjects. Please note that apart from Classical Civilisation, all courses do have a specific 1st-year subject prerequisite.
++ An Introductory course is offered in this language, four years is required to complete a major in French if one does not begin at the Matric level.
* The German and isiXhosa courses are designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of the language.

These Sample Curricula are provided to illustrate how to build up a three-year BA degree. Note that these are only examples of numerous possible curricula. Ancillary subjects may be chosen from a wide variety of Humanities courses.

First year (4 courses) Second year (4 courses) Third year (2 courses)
English 1
Geography  1
Psychology 1*
Xhosa (NMT) 1*
English 2
Geography 2
Psychology 2*
History and Appreciation of Music*
English 3
Geography 3
First year (4 courses) Second year (4 courses) Third year (2 courses)
Economics 1
Philosophy 1
Politics 1
Maths 1
Economics 2
Philosophy 2
Politics 2*
French 1*
Economics 3
Philosophy 3

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Faculty of humanities courses

First year (4 years) Second year (4 courses) Third year (2 courses)
Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 1
Psychology 1
History 1*
English 1*
Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 2
Psychology 2
Applied Physiology and Anatomy++
Computer Science 1
Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 3
Psychology 3

ancillary courses
++ compulsory course for Human Kinetics and Ergonomics 3

First year (3 courses) Second year (3 courses) Third year (2 courses) Fourth-year (2 courses)
Art History and Visual Culture 1
BFA Studio Practice 1
One other BA course
Art History and Visual Culture 2
BFA Studio Practice 2
One other BA course
Art History and Visual Culture 3
BFA Studio Practice 3
Art History and Visual Culture 4 and BFA Studio Practice 4.
Practical options in Fine Art Studio Practice are: Graphic Design, Painting, Photographic Arts and

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First year (4 courses) Second year (4 courses) Third year (2 courses) Fourth-year (1 course)
Journalism 1
English 1 and/or English Language & Linguistics 1
Economics 1
Politics 1
Journalism 2
English 2 and/or English Language & Linguistics 2
History 2
Sociology 1
Journalism 3
English 3 and/or English Language & Linguistics 3
Journalism 4

It must be stressed that these are only examples of a number of possible curricula.


First year (4 courses) Second year (4 courses) Third year (2 courses) Fourth-year
Instrumental Music Studies 1
Music 1
Ethnomusicology 1
One other BA course (optional extra: Sound Technology 1)
Instrumental Music Studies 2
Music 2
Ethnomusicology 2
(or Sound Technology 1)
One BA course
Instrumental Music Studies 3
Students must choose between Music 3 and Ethnomusicology 3
Five papers from a wide variety

To obtain a BSocSc degree you must obtain 10 credits. At least 5 credits (courses), including at least one major subject, must be chosen from the following:
Anthropology                                      Economics                  Organisational Psychology
Industrial & Economic Sociology         Politics                        Psychology
An African Language may be taken as the second major subject with a major in Anthropology. Other subjects which may be taken as major subjects for the BSocSc degree: Geography; History; Information Systems; Legal Theory; English Language & Linguistics; Mathematics; Mathematical Statistics; Philosophy; Computer Science; Environmental Science; Management.
The following are Rhodes University Courses Humanities  possible examples of degree structures:

First year (4 courses) Second year (4 courses) Third year (2 courses)
Anthropology 1
Sociology 1
Politics 1
Psychology 1
Economics 1
Management 1
Accounting 1
Anthropology 2
Sociology 2
Politics 2
Xhosa 1(NMT)
Psychology 2
Economics 2
Management 2
Organisational Psychology 2
Statistics 1D/TOF
Anthropology 3
Sociology 3
Any two of Economics 3
Management 3
Organisational Psychology 3

* if you intend to major in Management with a Bachelor of Social Science you need to obtain credit in Accounting 1, Economics 1, Statistics 1D, and Theory of Finance (TOF) – therefore a good mathematics mark would be a requirement.

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Humanities Extended Studies Program

This program offers an alternative route through a Rhodes degree in the humanities faculty. This program is intended for South African English Second Language speakers who show potential to succeed at university but who might not achieve the entry requirements for a 3-year humanities degree. It is open to students with a matric exemption, not less than 28 admission points, and at least a 4 for English as an additional language.

Entering this program generally means that the degree must be taken over four years instead of three. Students take two mainstream humanities subjects from a limited choice of subjects offered. These two subjects are supported with additional extended studies classes. These classes aim to develop reading skills and conceptual understanding of the subjects, to give students assistance in preparing for tutorials and assignments, and to develop subject-specific vocabulary.

In addition, students take general skills classes which aim to provide students with the skills they need to cope academically at university. Students also take computer literacy classes and an information literacy course. After the first year, students can choose any subjects open to humanities students. Extended studies students are usually limited to taking a maximum of 3 credits in one year.

Sample extended studies degree
Year 1: (2 credits plus 2 support credits) Anthropology 1      Journalism and Media Studies 1
Year 2: (3 credits)                   Anthropology 2           Politics 1          Economics 1
Year 3: (3 credits)                  Anthropology 3           Politics 2          Psychology 1
Year 4: (2 credits)                   Economics 2                Politics 3


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