South Africa in Comparative Context

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    South Africa in Comparative Context

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4 - 5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6 - 7.5
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes

    At the end of this module students should be able to:Describe concepts related to the study of foreign policy and international institutions,e.g. diplomacy, global governance, and international regimes
    Describe and explain the formation and nature of international institutions in terms of IR theories, e.g. regional integration and regime theory
    Identify and explain economic, political and military instruments of foreign policy
    Explain the origin and evaluate the purpose and shortcomings of selectedninternational organisations, e.g. the United Nations and the African Union
    Analyze and evaluate foreign policy issues by explaining how individual, state and system level factors impact on a state?s foreign policy

    Main Content

    Main definitions, concepts, approaches and theories in the study of foreign policy and international institutions
    The role of state leadership, domestic politics and a state?s position and power in foreign policy-making
    Selected foreign policy issues
    International cooperation through international institutions
    Regional integration and international regime formation
    Global governance with specific reference to international organisations, such as the United Nations or the African Union

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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