Various options are available for pursuing postgraduate studies in the above areas of specialisation, from Honours level, through to Masters and Doctoral level of study.
Bachelor of Arts in Development and the Environment
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development and the Environment is an inter-faculty learning programme that provides opportunities for exploring in depth interactions between society, socio-economic development and the natural environment. The programme encourages the development of management skills for entrepreneurs, managers, planners and administrators in the private and public sector and local, provincial and national government. Specific occupational fields that this learning programme aims to support include: community development, population development, town and regional planning, tourism planning and management, resource planning and management, and environmental planning and management.
For admission to this learning programme an FET Certificate (Grade 12) with an endorsement is required. For this 3-year programme students are required to undertake three major courses in Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology and Public and Development Management, with Economics as a compulsory subject in first year. Various courses from the Arts or other faculties then complement these major subjects towards the completion of this qualification.
Masters in Sustainable Development Planning and Management
The Sustainability Institute (see section 4), in partnership with the School for Public Management and Planning at the University of Stellenbosch offers a Masters programme in Sustainable Development Planning and Management. This level 7 qualification is intended for business, government, NGO and CBO leaders with an interest in supporting and contributing to debates around, and actions toward sustainable development.
This Masters Programme is offered as a coursework programme, with the completion of certain core and elective modules and the completion of an integrated thesis or assignment that may comprise of a half thesis, a research report, a journal article submission or a creative work. Students are required to complete 8 modules for the coursework component including: Sustainable Development, Complexity Theory and Systems Thinking, Leadership and Ethics of Sustainability, Governance, Globalisation and Civil Society, Sustainable Cities, Biodiversity and the Challenge of Sustainable Agriculture, Ecological Design for Community Building and Corporate Citizenship. Specialist modules for Development Planners include: Development Planning Theory and Practice, Development Planning, Environmental Analysis and Research, Development Planning Systems, Policy and Law and Applied Economics for Development Planners. All modules offered on this Masters programme are also offered by the Sustainability Institute as short courses (see section 4).
Learning Opportunities for Careers in Biodiversity Conservation