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AZA3737: South Africa and African social justice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Kezia Batisai



Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


AZA2737, ATS2737, ATS3737


The unit examines sociological matters of social justice in a South African and African context. Issues that are critically examined include equity, minority rights, democratic government, economic opportunities and human rights. The unit adopts a comparative approach to social justice issues over several political and legal states and examines historical periods and the way in which they approached social justice. Constitutionalism, social and political control, and equity issues are analysed to demonstrate the disparate definitions of social justice.


On successful completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Identify and analyse matters related to power and privilege;
  2. Exhibit an understanding of self in relation to diverse and vulnerable populations, particularly in the South African and African contexts;
  3. Understand the various definitions and theoretical debates surrounding social justice;
  4. Identify and evaluate the contribution of national and international social justice movements;
  5. Exhibit the capacity to adopt a sociological perspective in relation to contemporary social justice related issues in a south African and African context.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tinashe Pfigu

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Criminology and criminal justice – South Africa
Sociology – South Africa

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