Welcome to the

Social Science Education Cluster

This Cluster offers courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Undergraduate Level

At undergraduate level, in the new Bachelor of Education, the following disciplines offer modules which prepare students to teach in the Intermediate, Senior and FET phases: Accounting Education; Business Management Education; Geography Education; History Education; and Life Orientation Education (including Physical Education). There are also pipeline Bachelor of Education modules which are on offer.

Postgraduate Level

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is offered in several disciplines and in some cases, across sites. Entry to the PGCE is dictated by the Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (MRTEQ) document.

Four Bachelor of Education Honours degrees, namely, Gender Education Honours, History Education Honours, Social Justice Education Honours (Edgewood & Pmb) and Social Sciences in Education. All applications for these Honours degrees are ranked according to merit. Selections are made based on rankings of average weighting of Degree complete. Only a selected number of students are taken due to strict enrolment targets.

Full thesis Masters and Course work Masters (Pmb) as well as PhD supervision is offered in this cluster.

Academic Team

The permanent academic team in this Cluster is made up of three full professors, two associate professors, four senior lecturers and 16 lecturers. Fifteen members of the team have PhDs and the other colleagues are currently engaged in their PhD studies.

Cluster Vision Statement

To be the leading inter-disciplinary cluster that promotes African scholarship through teaching, research and outreach in Social Sciences Education.

Mission Statement

In the spirit of ‘uMuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’ [a person is a person through other people] we seek to become a leading cluster for teaching, research and outreach in Social Science Education

We make commitment to

  • Emphasising values of mutual respect, equity and social justice
  • Promoting responsiveness in interactions amongst staff, between staff and students, and between the cluster and its partners
  • Enhancing disciplinary depth and inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • Valuing students as a central focus in the life of the School
  • Focusing particularly on using the African context and the intellectual perspectives this offers as an opportunity to address universal challenges of learning, teaching and research
  • Making a scholarly contribution to the School of Education, the College of Humanities, and the broader University