This module introduces students to issues and perspectives on development in Southern Africa. Through this particular theme, we explore social change, perhaps as a designed process. Selected development policies, development actors, poverty and inequality in Southern Africa will be explored closely. The module is designed to expose student to development theories and their relevance to explaining the state of Southern African society. The aim is to engage students with theories and perspectives of development and development issues in Southern Africa. While the content is more applied, the course extends the theoretical concerns of sociology 201 and is concerned with how divergent views of social and economic change play out in the local context. To make this link, which is the subject of the first lecture, read about the Significance of Development Sociology as a Field’ according to the American Sociological Association.



There will be 3 class assignments:

  • Two tests. Each test will count for 25 marks - providing a total of 50 marks.
  • One essay counting 50 marks.
  • Exam calculated out of 100 Marks


Readings and topics to follow.







There are two core texts


Draper, M., Galvin, T., Graaf, J., Hagemeier, L., Lesetedi, G., Malila, I. Mashaka, K.& Spicer, S. (2011) Sociology: Supplement for Southern Africa, Pearsons Education, Cape Town.

Available at the campus bookshop.


Coetzee et al (eds.) Development: Theory, Policy, and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

On short loan.