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AZA4779: Social science honours dissertation B

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

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




Mr Laurence Caromba


South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


ATS4779, AZA4312, AZA4741


Under the guidance of an allocated supervisor, students will complete a research dissertation. The research dissertation will be based on the approved proposal done in the first semester.. Students will meet with their supervisor on a regular basis and will be required to submit bi-monthly reports on dissertation related writing assignments.


  1. Complete a research dissertation under the supervision of an academic supervisor.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain an argument within the dissertation.
  3. Critically assess relevant primary and secondary literature in support of the dissertation topic and argument.
  4. Critically assess and review relevant theories for the theoretical framework of the dissertation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation methods appropriate to the nature of the dissertation.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological approaches and design and development requirements in a particular sub-discipline under investigation.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to report on research findings and present the final dissertation.


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

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