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Prescribed curriculum:

The curriculum will comprise two compulsory courses, two elective courses, and a minor dissertation (details below). Candidates will ordinarily complete the prescribed courses in the first year, and will be expected to complete the dissertation or equivalent within the following year. Students who have completed a course equivalent to HST5061H: Advanced Historical Methods and Approaches at the Honour’s or Master’s level may apply for exemption, but not credit, from this course. If such exemption is granted, the student must complete an additional elective course.

Core (Compulsory) Courses:

HST5061H Advanced Historical Methods and Approaches

HST5060F History in Public Life

HST5011W Minor Dissertation (to be registered for once coursework is complete - usually in second year of programme)


Elective courses:

(Two courses to be chosen from the following)

HST5040F A History of Violence: Perspectives from the Global South

HST5041F Histories of Land and Labour Struggles in South Africa (Not offered in 2021)

HST5042F Theory and Method in Histories of Medicine, Health and Healing 

HST5034F Oral History: Method, Practice, and Theory 

HST5043S Writing and History 

HST5044S Migrants, Diasporas, and Minorities in the Modern World

HST5014S Traumatic Traces: History, Memory and Beyond 

HST5056S Themes in Everyday History 

HST5058S Themes in Contemporary South African Rural History (Not offered in 2021)


An elective offered by a cognate department may replace one or more of the listed electives, subject to approval by the Head of Department.