A need was identified for a short course in philosophy for those who didn’t have philosophy as a major in their undergraduate studies, but who have an interest in the enduring questions of life and the ideas of great intellectuals.

Purpose of the course

The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to Western and Christian philosophy through a historical lens. The knowledge and skills developed in this course will furthermore contribute to participants’ philosophical competency that could potentially aid in the pursuit of admission for further postgraduate studies in philosophy.

Who may be interested?

Anyone interested in philosophy and who meets the admission requirements.  Many participants in the course reached a point in their careers where they wish to expand their intellectual horizons or explore troubling philosophical questions. Others just finished their undergraduate degree and have the opportunity to broaden their academic exposure before embarking on their particular career paths.

Admission requirements

Any qualification on NQF Level 5 or higher

Mode of delivery

Blended learning


Two semesters (i.e. one year)

Contact person/s

Administrative: Miandra Crous: miandra.crous@nwu.ac.za


First semester:

Second semester:


The course fee is R1 000 for 2019. The registration form follows below. The registration procedure consists the following three steps: (1) completing and forwarding the registration form, (2) the payment of the course fee, and (3) the delivery of a proof of payment at Building F13 Office G12, or otherwise e-mail it to izette.cronje@nwu.ac.za.


Option 1: Payment by cashiers on campus

The course fee of R1 000 can be paid at the cashiers on campus in Building F1 (Joon van Rooy Building). The specific cost string is PC.3C00235.5604. Please supply your initials and surname as well as your student number, if you have already received one. Also remember to provide the cost string to the cashier.


Option 2: Payment on bank or through electronic banking

Bank Name: ABSA

Branch code: 632005

Account Number: 670642313

Creditor: NWU Potchefstroom (PUK NO. 3)

Reference: Please use your initials and surname followed by 3C00235 (eg. JP.Swart / 3C00235).

(Only if you use Absa's electronic banking services you need this reference, type it in the section that reads "Your account number with NWU Diverse Receipts").


Conditions for registration

The School of Philosophy reserves the right to cancel the course if insufficient registrations are received. In such a case, all participants are informed and all fees will be refunded.

Cancellations will be accepted only up to 10 working days before the course starts, and fees will be refunded; cancellations after the 10-days period will not be refunded.


Registration form