The focus of an undergraduate social science curriculum for Southern Africa: historical consciousness, human rights and social and development issues

SOURCE: Journal of Statistis Education
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2003
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Cherry, C.Christie
SOURCE EDITOR(S): P.Naude, N.Cloete
KEYWORDS: CURRICULUM, HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE COUNCILS, UNIVERSITIES
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2671

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Abstract

In this paper the authors revisit the idea of the university in the southern African context, and ask the question: what should be the focus of a social science degree in this context? They draw on the experience of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Port Elizabeth in order to reach some conclusions about what should constitute the basis of a general undergraduate social science curriculum in the southern African context. The intention here is is tot take a step back from the dynamics and politics of the university as an institution, embodying as it does competing interests, role-players and financial concerns.