BEd Honours (Social Science Education)

Have you thought about a BEd Honours in Social Sciences Education?

  • Are you a teacher in the GET or FET phases, a subject advisor or an education departmental official?
  • Do you have an undergraduate degree, Post Graduate Certificate in Education or a four year teaching qualification?
  • Do you wish to critically explore issues in pertaining to Social Sciences Education so as to develop a deeper understanding of this field of study and through your research, make a relevant contribution?

If so, consider enrolling for a BEd Honours degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Education and more specifically the Cluster of Social Sciences Education. 

Why study an Honours Degree in Social Sciences Education?

  1. Advance your career prospects – often a postgraduate degree offers a distinct advantage over other applicants when applying for a position or being considered for promotion.
  2. Personal and professional development – enjoy the challenge and stimulation of exploring your subject in greater depth with the support of a community of your peers.
  3. Skills development – develop skills in critical thinking, research and curriculum development.

How is the BEd Honours in Social Sciences Education structured?

  • One year full-time or two years part-time 

Seven Modules in Total

  • Three compulsory modules: Perspectives in Social Sciences Education; Understanding Research; and Independent Research Project (IRP) in Social Sciences Education 
  • Three of the following social sciences specific modules:
    Contemporary Issues in Life Orientation; Introduction to Travel & Tourism Education; Social Sciences Education through film and ICT; Teaching and Learning in Business Education; Critical Issues in Arts & Culture Education.  
  • One module that can be taken as an elective from any other BEd Honours specialisation.

Past Student Comments

Why choose UKZN’s School of Education – Social Sciences Education

  1. Excellent reputation – UKZN is a world-class research-led institution. It is ranked in the top 500 universities in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and is rated amongst the top three research universities in South Africa in terms of its research output. As a School of Education, UKZN has the second largest facility in South Africa and is the leading provider of teacher education in the province.
  2. Top facilities – the School of Education’s facilities at the Edgewood Campus are ranked among the best in the country with regard to lecture venues, state of the art teaching resources, fully equipped AV centres, student LANs, and a library with online access for students.
  3. Academic staff – fully qualified and experienced staff – active leaders in their fields of research and teaching.


Academic-Dr Janet Jarvis

Tel: 031 260 3609

Administration-Mrs Bongi Mnguni

Tel: 031 260 3917