Contemporary South African Politics and Policy

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary South African Politics and Policy

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview


    This module aims to introduce students to political and policy issues in South Africa. Further this module serves to introduce students to theoretical positions within a South African context. This module incorporates political parties, political economy, racial- ethnic-gender paradigms and the branches of government. The objective is to inform students that the South African political environment continues to change since 1994. The purpose is to inform students not only of the role of government, but of non-state actors, citizens and the role of the Constitution.


    • Critically engage the processes of government.
    • Comprehend the paradigms in South Africa as it relates to race, ethnicity, religion, class and gender.
    • To understand the role of political parties.
    • To determine the various international issues that affect South Africa?s foreign policy and international relations.
    • To examine notions of nation building.


    • Institutions of national decision-making.
    • Policy-making in contemporary South Africa.
    • Political economy and foreign policy.

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