Rules for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts
(Degree code: 02038; NQF level 7; 360 credits)
These rules should be read in conjunction with the general rules and the general information in Part 1 of the Calendar.
The College of Human Sciences operates the modular system together with semester registrations and examinations.
Some subjects may not be semesterising their study units.
Students MUST consult the relevant subject chapter in Part 2 of the Calendar to determine whether the subject is being oﬀered as a one year course/module
or as semester modules.
Students MUST consult the Registration Information Brochure in connection with semester registrations BEFORE registration.
Transitional arrangements are made to accommodate students who started their degree studies on the ‘old’ structure and will be completing their studies
on the modular structure. These transitional arrangements will be found in the relevant subject chapter in Part 2 of the Calendar.
NOTE THAT ANY REFERENCE TO COURSES I, II AND/OR III INCLUDES THE EQUIVALENT IN MODULES
Students who have completed an ordinary BA or an equivalent degree such as BA(Law), BPrimEd or BSocSc (without Social Work as a major subject) may
NOT register for the ordinary BA degree. They may register for the BA(Cur), BInf, BA(Pol), BSW, BVA or BMus degree.
GRADUATES wishing to register for the Honours BA degree in a subject in which they have not yet passed the third level, may normally qualify for
admission to studies for the Honours degree by registering for and passing the ﬁrst-, second- and third-level modules (where applicable) in the subject
concerned for non-degree purposes (NDP). In particular cases, passes in modules in one or more other BA subjects may also be required. Any restrictions
are also applicable to registrations for NDP. See also the exception under General Rule G19 in Part 1 of the Calendar.
A3 Admission requirements
To be registered as a candidate for a Bachelor’s degree (eg BA), students must have satisﬁed the provisions of Rule G13 in Part 1 of the Calendar.
A4 Duration of study and number of study units per year
(1) The BA degree cannot be completed in under THREE YEARS.
(2) ON FIRST REGISTRATION AND ON RE-ENROLMENT at this University the number of study units for which a student may register is
determined by ‘Number of study units per year’ in Calendar Part 1.
The curriculum for the BA degree comprises THIRTY MODULES in subjects to be selected from the lists under A5, Groups A and B, in accordance
with the provisions of A6 and A7.
Read the relevant subject chapter in Part 2 of the Calendar for codes, syllabuses and any possible restrictions on registration.
M Administration of Criminal M Information Science
Justice M International Politics
M African Languages (Northern M Islamic Studies
Sotho*, Southern Sotho*, M Italian*
Tsonga*, Tswana*, Judaica
Venda*, Xhosa*, Zulu*) Latin*
M African Politics M Linguistics
M Afrikaans M Mandarin Chinese*
M Ancient History Marriage Guidance and
M Ancient Near Eastern Culture Counselling
M Anthropology Modern Hebrew
Applied Information Science Modern Romance Literatures
M Arabic in English
M Archaeology M Music in World Cultures
M Art History Today
M Biblical Archaeology M New Testament
M Biblical Studies M Old Testament
M Classical Culture M Philosophy
M Communication Science M Politics
M Community Ministry** M Portuguese*
M Congregational Ministry** M Psychology
M Development Studies M Religious Studies
M English Russian*
M French* M Scripture Studies
M General Education M Sociology
Greek (ancient)* M Theologies in Context**
Hebrew (classical) M Theory of Literature
M History M Welfare Science
M History of Music M World Languages and
Administrative Law M Geography
Biology M Industrial and Organisational
Chemistry Information Systems
Commercial Law (ﬁrst-level Introduction to the Theory of
modules only) Law
Communication Law M Mathematics
Computer Concepts M Private Law
Criminal Law M Public Administration
M Criminology Public International Law
Economic History Science for Society
M Economics M Statistics (as for Economic and
Students who have indicated their major subjects as one of the above aﬀected subjects, and which may now be in conﬂict with the new groupings
of subjects, should be allowed to complete their major subjects as selected.
A6 Major subjects
(1) The letter ‘M’ before the name of a subject under Group A or B in A5 indicates that it may be selected as a major subject.
(2) Each major subject comprises:
(a) Courses I, II and III in the case of a three-year major subject;
(b) Courses II and III in certain languages for students who qualify for direct admission to the second level;
(c) the prescribed modules for a major subject combination as speciﬁed in the relevant subject chapter in Part 2 of the Calendar.
(3) Each BA curriculum must contain TWO major subjects which form an approved combination.
Both major subjects may be selected from Group A but, ONLY ONE MAY BE FROM GROUP B – (see (b) below for the exception). See A7(2)(c) and
A7 NB 1(i) in connection with subjects from Group B.
NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
(a) A subject the student has passed as a major or principal subject for a completed degree may not be selected as a major for this degree.
(b) The following major subject combinations MAY NOT BE SELECTED:
Although they are NOT approved for the BA degree, many of these combinations may be taken for another degree. In such cases the relevant degree is given in
brackets after the name of the second major subject.
All combinations of two major subjects from Group B (see A6 (b))
Development Studies and one of: Economics (BAdmin), Industrial and Organisational Psychology (BAdmin), Statistics (BAdmin)
Economics and one of: Development Studies (BAdmin), Public Administration (BAdmin)
Industrial and Organisational Psychology and one of: Development Studies (BAdmin), Public Administration (BAdmin), Psychology
Mathematics and Psychology (BSc)
Northern Sotho and either Southern Sotho or Tswana
Psychology and one of: Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Mathematics (BSc), Statistics (BSc)
Public Administration and one of: Economics (BAdmin), Industrial and Organisational Psychology (BAdmin), Statistics (BAdmin)
Southern Sotho and either Northern Sotho or Tswana
Statistics and one of: Development Studies (BAdmin), Psychology (BSc), Public Administration (BAdmin)
Tswana and either Northern Sotho or Southern Sotho
(c) Not more than TWO major subjects may be selected from any one of the following groups:
(i) Arabic, and Islamic Studies
(ii) Northern Sotho (or Southern Sotho or Tswana), Shona, (or Xhosa or Zulu), Tsonga, Venda
(iii) Ancient History, Classical Culture (only ONE major may be taken from this group)
A7 Composition of the curriculum
General degree (02038 – GE1)
(1) Subjects and study units must be selected from the lists under A5 with due attention to any restrictions. The examination dates for the
current year must not clash. (Consult the examination timetable for provisional dates.)
(2) Each BA curriculum must consist of:
(a) a maximum of THIRTY MODULES
(b) an approved combination of TWO MAJOR SUBJECTS, to be selected in accordance with A6
(c) not more than TWELVE MODULES from Group B under A5
(d) TEN modules on each of ﬁrst, second and third level.
Students are not compelled to select a subject from Group B under A5. Only in exceptional cases, and with special approval of the College, may additional
study units be selected from Group B.
The grouping of subjects was changed in 1989, and the curricula of students who passed at least one course while registered for the BA at this University
prior to 1989 must comply with the grouping requirements in the Calendar for either 1988 or the current year.
Students who passed more than ﬁve courses at ﬁrst-year level while registered for the BA degree at Unisa prior to 1983, may complete the degree under the old
rules without a third course at second-year level. Students who passed less than ﬁve courses at ﬁrst-year level courses for the BA prior to 1983 are advised to
complete it under the current rules.
(e) not more than TWO major subjects from any one of the following groups:
(i) African languages
Only ONE major from African Languages from 2009 for new ﬁrst-level registrations. Language speciﬁc choices are possible within the same major.
(ii) Arabic, Islamic Studies, Judaica
(iii) Anthropology, Archaeology
Students who registered prior to 2007 and indicated that they wish to do a major in TWO subjects from within the group below, must
complete their major subjects under the old codes before the end of 2010. Ancient History, Classical Culture
(f) Students, whose curriculum, as a result of the transitional arrangements, comprises fewer than thirty modules (or the equivalent),
must register for and pass additional modules in order to complete their curriculum.
(g) From 2009 the subjects below will no longer be oﬀered as majors. Students who registered for these subjects as majors prior to 2009,
may complete their studies in those subjects before the end of 2011, with a ﬁnal supplementary opportunity in January of 2012:
German, Greek (ancient), Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish.
A8 Module codes and restrictions on the choice of courses
NOTE THAT ANY REFERENCE TO COURSES I, II AND/OR III INCLUDES THE EQUIVALENT IN MODULES
The BA General degree comprises 30 modules. The curriculum of students who include a Visual Arts module (GAR1116 or THF111E or TDM101L) as part of
their curriculum will consist of only 29 modules.
For the BA degree a maximum of THIRTY modules must be selected from the subjects in the lists under A5 and in accordance with the provisions
Restrictions (if any) on registration for a particular study unit, or a cross reference to the relevant rule(s), will be found under the relevant subject
chapter in Part 2 of the Calendar.
CODES for the diﬀerent study units in each subject appear under the syllabus of the subjects concerned.
Before making a choice of subjects, students are advised to read the entire subject chapter.
First-, second- and third-year courses in a subject are denoted by I, II and III respectively.
A9 Admission to languages
1. Beginner’s modules
A student who has completed a beginner’s module should have acquired suﬃcient basic knowledge to read and write the language, but not necessarily to
speak it ﬂuently. The study units provide insight into the structure of the language, and this can be used as the foundation for further study. Cassette tapes
or CDs are normally provided as a guide to pronunciation.
The study of another language is time-consuming, and a part-time student is therefore advised to register for not more than one course or two modules in
another subject in the same year.
With the exception of (h) below, Students who, for degree purposes, ﬁrst pass the beginner’s modules and then the ﬁrst- and second-level modules in the
same language, retain credit for all the modules passed. If they later pass the third-level modules in the same language, they will retain credit for only the
ﬁrst-, second- and third-level modules for degree purposes.
(a) Beginner’s modules in a language are for beginners and for other students who do not qualify for admission to the ﬁrst- or second-level
modules in the language concerned.
(b) A student who took an African language as FIRST language at matriculation level, may not take the beginner’s modules for degree
(c) A beginner’s module may NOT be taken for degree purposes by:
(i) a student who has previously passed (or been exempted from) another degree course in the language concerned. In the case of an
African language, this includes another language from the same group;
(ii) a student who qualiﬁes for admission to the ﬁrst-level modules or in some cases, second-level modules in the language concerned –
see (2). In the case of an African language, this includes admission to ﬁrst-level modules in another language from the same group.
In the case of Latin, it also applies to a student who qualiﬁed for admission to Latin on ﬁrst level more than ﬁve years ago;
(iii) a student whose home language is the language concerned.
(d) A pass in the beginner’s modules in a language entitles students to proceed to ﬁrst-level modules in the language concerned. Only in
exceptional circumstances may they be permitted by the Chairperson of the Department to register for second-level modules without
completing the beginner’s or ﬁrst-level modules.
Two beginner’s modules cater for the following African languages:
African Languages Codes
AFL1503 and AFL1504
Students are advised to complete AFL1503 before registering for AFL1504.
(e) Credit for a degree is NOT granted for:
(i) more than one or two beginner’s modules;
(ii) more than the ﬁrst-, second- and third-level modules in the same language.
The University does NOT oﬀer beginner’s modules in Afrikaans or English.
(f) The ﬁrst-level modules in Afrikaans and English are not beginners’ modules. Tuition is provided only through the medium of the language
concerned, and students without a fairly advanced knowledge of the language at matriculation level will not be able to make any progress
in the relevant modules until they have made up the necessary leeway.
These modules are post-matriculation degree modules which, owing to their particular nature, do NOT necessarily grant direct admission
to second-level modules in the language(s) concerned.
Students who passed PEN100 prior to 2000 will be allowed to register second-level modules in English.
(g) Credit for a degree is NOT granted for both Practical English and the Practical English (Syllabus B) that was oﬀered prior to 1992.
(h) Although all modules 101 oﬀered at level 1 in the following foreign languages: French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese,
Russian and Spanish are Beginner’s modules, they form part of the major and carry a credit towards the degree.
2. Admission to ﬁrst- and second-level modules
To register for ﬁrst- or second-level modules in a language, students must have attained the standard indicated in the relevant subject chapter in
Part 2 of the Calendar.
A student who obtained at least 40% in the language concerned at matriculation level before the diﬀerentiated system came into force will
qualify for admission to ﬁrst-level modules in that language, but 60% is required in the case of English as Second Language or an African
language as Third Language.
Any examination in a language for a qualiﬁcation which is recognised for purposes of exemption by the Matriculation Board, is also
recognised for purposes of admission to ﬁrst-level modules in that language. This includes examinations on O-level and A-level for the
General Certiﬁcate in Education (GCE).
Students who have a good knowledge of a foreign language but who have passed no formal examinations in that language, must satisfy
the Chair of the Department concerned that their knowledge of the language is adequate for the purpose of admission. If the application
is granted, written permission from the Department must be submitted together with the application for registration for the subject
A14 Pass, pass with distinction and subminimum
See General Rule G22 in Part I of the Calendar.
(2) Pass with distinction
(i) Candidates pass a major subject with distinction if they pass at least ﬁve of the highest level modules prescribed for that subject as
a major subject with an average of at least 75%. Where a major consists of less than ﬁve third-level modules, the required third-level
modules will be supplemented by second-level modules in the same subject (new modular structure).
(ii) Candidates are awarded the degree with distinction if they pass any ten highest level modules prescribed for the degree with an
average of at least 75%. In the case of professional degrees with two disciplines, the total of ten modules will comprise ﬁve from each
of the two disciplines (new modular structure).
See General Rule G23 in Part I of the Calendar.