Understanding the World

Overview

In this subject group, specific attention will be given to the philosophical aspects of the different arts (be it visual art and design, music or literature) that are never dealt with in the ordinary modules of your curriculum. It will afford you the opportunity to reflect deeply on the difficult problems that are peculiar to the specific discipline.

We strive to improve your thinking skills so that you will acquire a deeper understanding of your field of study, discover new worlds and worldviews, increase your understanding of yourself and your beliefs - and even change your mind about certain things. You will rediscover the sense of wonder you had as a child and learn not to simply look for pre-packed answers, but instead how to think for yourself and ask important questions.

The modules in this subject group are compulsory for all third-year students.

Sites of delivery

  • Mafikeng
  • Potchefstroom
  • Vaal

 

 

Philosophy

Overview

Are you studying to become the following?

Language practitioner, Lawyer, Teacher, Journalist, Political Expert, Psychologist, Personnel Practitioner, Economist, Environmentalist, Computer Expert or Minister. 
 

Then you should know that the following lies at the heart of these professions:

  • Interpretation;
  • Critical Investigation;
  • Seeing the larger connections between ideas, facts, and situations.
     

How does one develop these skills?

By studying Philosophy, of course!

Philosophy specialises in the skills of reflection and criticism. Moreover, Philosophy is particularly interested in the ideas that play a crucial role in arguments and practices.  Philosophy, therefore, occupies itself with the world "behind" arguments and practices.
 

Who can take Philosophy as a subject?

Philosophy as a subject may be combined with certain qualifications. Please see Qualifications below for more detail.

Qualifications 

Philosophy as a subject may be combined with the following qualifications:

  • Languages (such as English or Afrikaans)
  • Psychology 
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Geography
  • Art History 
  • Political Study
  • Sociology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Law
  • Economy
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

 

Sites of delivery

  • Potchefstroom
  • Vaal

 

 

Ethics

Overview

Are you studying to become the following?

Ethics Officer in an organization, Language practitioner, Lawyer, Teacher, Journalist, Political Expert, Psychologist, Personnel Practitioner, Economist, Environmentalist, Computer Expert or Minister. 

 

Then you should know that the following will be some of the major elements that form part of your functioning in the workplace: 

  • Interpretation of situations and broader background against which people trade with each other; 
  • Critical and investigative look at the values of individuals and organizations;
  • Building alliances.

 

How does one develop these skills?

By studying Ethics, of course!

Ethics is an increasingly important dimension of the daily work of professionals. This is clearly illustrated in the growing emphasis on a respectful environment, human dignity, trust, and integrity in working relationships. 

 

Who can take Ethics as a subject?

Ethics as a subject may be combined with certain qualifications. Please see Qualifications below for more detail.

Qualifications 

Ethics as a subject may be combined with the following qualifications:

  • Languages (such as English or Afrikaans)
  • Psychology 
  • Geography
  • Art History 
  • Political Study
  • Sociology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Law
  • Economy
  • Business Management
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

Sites of delivery

  • Potchefstroom
  • Vaal