South African Politics and Government

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    South African Politics and Government

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes
    After completion of the module learners should be able to:
    · Explain the political context in which the South African government functions,
    including South Africa's transition to democracy;
    · Analyse political party policies and elections in post-apartheid South Africa
    · Evaluate South Africa's position in regional and international context;
    · Explain the interface between politics and economics in South Africa
    · Describe the constitutional framework of the South African government
    · Recall terminology, trends, categories, methodology and theories of South African
    central and provincial government structures
    Analyse elements, relationships and organizational principles pertaining to the structure
    of the central and provincial government of South Africa

    Main Content
    · South Africa's political transition from apartheid to democracy
    · South African political parties (policies and historical foundations)
    · Trends in South African elections since 1994
    · The South African political economy and its regional and global context
    · Classification of and relationships between the legislative, judicial and executive
    branches of government in South Africa
    · The composition and structure of branches of the South African government
    · Division of government functions and services between central, provincial and local
    spheres of government in South Africa

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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