The History of South Africa module introduces students to four periods of South African history – precolonial, segregation, apartheid, and post-apartheid – which surface unresolved questions and issues from the past relevant to contemporary South African historical and political economy debates.

Course: OR Tambo School of Leadership South African History

Introduction:
The History of South Africa module introduces students to four periods of South African history – precolonial, segregation, apartheid, and post-apartheid – which surface unresolved questions and issues from the past relevant to contemporary South African historical and political economy debates. The learning activities are designed to assist students to sharpen their ability to critically analyse and engage with key turning points (past and present), with the overall objective of deepening their ability to become knowledge-based agents of change in the ANC and, in society as a whole.

Outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will gain the following knowledge and practice:

  • A broad understanding of South Africa today in its historical context
  • Be able to identify and describe some turning points in each period covered in the module, and explain why they appear to be relevant for an understanding of current socio-economic and political events
  • Demonstrate that they can apply tools of analysis to one or two critical issues.

How you will study this module:
The module is designed around five contact sessions covering the four themes, with independent learning tasks in between each contact session. Study towards this module will be 30 hours – including participation in contact sessions, completion of a task in between the sessions, and preparation for a final assessment. These 30 hours will be spread over 10 weeks.

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