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AZA4778: Social science honours dissertation A

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

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




Mr Laurence Caromba


South Africa

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




ATS4778, AZA4311, AZA4740


Under the guidance of an allocated supervisor, students will complete a research proposal. The research proposal will be compiled on an approved topic related to the student’s chosen area of specialization. Students will meet with their supervisor on a regular basis and will be required to submit bi-monthly reports on proposal related writing assignments.


  1. Design a research proposal under the supervision of an academic supervisor.
  2. Identify a research problem, goals and questions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain an argument within the proposal.
  4. Critically assess relevant primary and secondary literature in support of the dissertation topic and argument.
  5. Critically assess and review relevant theories for the theoretical framework of the proposal.
  6. Identify the research approaches and methodological issues relevant to the selected topic.
  7. Address ethics and ethical clearance application issues.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological approaches and design and development requirements in a particular sub-discipline under investigation.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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)

Mr Laurence Caromba

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

Child and youth development – South Africa
Communication and media studies – South Africa
Criminology and criminal justice – South Africa
Geography and environmental science – South Africa
International studies – South Africa
Journalism studies – South Africa
Philosophy and ethics – South Africa
Sociology – South Africa