Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies

Study Programme Details
Country: South Africa
Admission Sessions:Summer Session
Study Format: Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Bachelor's degree


96 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a transformative academic journey with our Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, where the pursuit of knowledge meets the passion for societal progress. Comprising 30 modules with Development Studies as the major, this program transcends traditional boundaries. As you delve into the interdisciplinary nature of development, be prepared to explore and understand the complexities that shape our global landscape.

Throughout your studies, you’ll not only acquire academic insights but also develop practical skills, enhanced by your access to a computer or laptop, printer, and the internet. It’s more than just a degree; it’s a comprehensive experience that prepares you for the dynamic challenges and opportunities in the field of development.


Discover the purpose and possibilities of our Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies. This qualification aims to immerse learners in the diverse disciplines of humanities and social sciences, fostering a deep understanding at both basic and intermediate levels. The journey culminates at exit level (level 6), where learners grasp the intricacies of one or more disciplines, placing new knowledge in context and employing appropriate methods for problem resolution.

At the heart of this program is the cultivation of critical thinking, scholarly competence, and the ability to express opinions clearly—skills essential for a well-rounded education and lifelong learning. As you progress, envision yourself becoming a critical citizen, capable of lateral, critical, and creative thinking, well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities that await.

Admission Requirements

Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the specific admission requirements for your chosen qualification.

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning,
a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning.
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements, should consider applying for a lower level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

  • APC1501 – Political Evolution of the African State
  • APC1502 – The Politics of Contemporary Africa
  • APY1501 – Anthropology in a Diverse World
  • DVA1501 – Introduction to Development Studies
  • DVA1502 – Development Problems and Institutions
  • ECS1501 – Economics IA
  • ENG1503 – Academic Language and Literacy in English
  • EUP1501 – Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
  • GGH1503 – Our Living Earth
  • PYC1502 – Psychology in Society
  • SOC1501 – Community, Society and Inequality in a Globalised World: Introduction to Sociology

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Future Career Outcomes

Our program has produced alumni who stand as catalysts for positive change. From influencing policies to implementing on-the-ground projects, our graduates are making a difference.

In response to industry demands, the program equips students with versatile skills, ensuring relevance in the evolving job market. Be prepared to contribute meaningfully to society, armed with a deep understanding of development principles and critical thinking abilities.

Visa Requirements:

For visa information, please visit South Africa page for student visa and student life.