Postgraduate Studies: Afrikaans & Netherlandic Studies

SLL3115W       AFRIKAANS COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS

Note: Students who have been exempted from isiXhosa Communication for Educators SLL3114W and have obtained less than 50% for Afrikaans First Additional Language or Afrikaans Second Language at school will have to register for SLL3115W.

12 NQF credits at HEQSF level 7

Convener: M van Zyl

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a PGCE.

Course outline:

A mix of grammar and useful classroom-specific phrases and vocabulary, focusing on the relationship development with students that learning Afrikaans facilitates, as well as enhanced understanding of the role of language in education. Students are provided with self-study material while they are on Teaching Practice in schools. Oral assessments will be conducted in order to  assess students’ ability to use the new language appropriately and with meaningful impact.

DP requirements: At least 80% attendance record and submission of all assignments and projects.

Assessment: Tests and assignments count 60%. The final exams count 40%.

 

 

SLL4048F       TOPICS IN AFRIKAANS STUDIES I

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Professor J Hambidge

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

An overview of Afrikaans poetry from the 19th Century to NP van Wyk Louw’s volume Tristia. This is a course on canonisation and assessment of important figures in the Afrikaans literary  system. Harold Bloom’s definitive work. The Western Canon will be the basis of understanding “canonisation”, decanonisation and re-canonisation in a complex post-apartheid and postcolonial literary system with different voices.

DP requirements: At least 80% attendance required. Submission of all written assignments.

Assessment: Two-hour written examination counts 50%; two essays (50% combined).

 

 

SLL4049F       TOPICS IN AFRIKAANS STUDIES 2

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Dr S Loots

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

This is a course on the textualisation of war in fiction, dealing with the neo-documentary fictionalisations and contra-histories of the Border War and the metafictions on and postmodernist parodies of the South African War. Attention will be given to the shifting reception of these novels and short stories, resulting in contemporary debates on the survivals of the past. In this way it will be demonstrated how these texts interrogate the mythology of war and respond to the past and contemporary perceptions of these wars.

DP requirements: At least 80% attendance required. Submission of all written assignments.

Assessment: Two-hour written examination counts 50%; two essays (50% combined).

 

 

SLL4054S       TOPICS IN AFRIKAANS STUDIES 3

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Professor J Hambidge

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

A study of Afrikaans poetry after 1960. This is a course on modernism and postmodernism. Postmodern anthologies (Foster & Viljoen) versus conventional anthologies will be analysed. Different definitions of modernism and postmodernism (Barthes, Lehman, Lyotard, et al.) will be discussed. Does a theoretical definition of poetry change our reading and assessment of the text?  The demise of postmodernism and the emergence of post-postmodernism will be challenged.

DP requirements: At least 80% attendance required. Submission of all written assignments.

Assessment: Two-hour written examination counts 50%; two essays (50% combined).

 

 

SLL4055S       TOPICS IN AFRIKAANS STUDIES 4

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Dr S Loots

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

A study of Afrikaans writers confronting the past, with focus on the “Generation of the Eighties”, at the time a new generation of writers confronting the events and results of militarisation and the Border War. The theoretical debate on representation will form the basis of the discussion, with reference to the Vietnam War and New Journalism, South African postmodernist fictions as well as neo-documentary writing on resistance within South Africa. In addition to the focus on this era, the wider tradition of engaged writing in Afrikaans will form the background of the study,  with reference to authors of earlier generations, such as Abraham H. de Vries, André P Brink and Elsa Joubert.

DP requirements: At least 80% attendance required. Submission of all written assignments.

Assessment: Two-hour written examination counts 50%; two essays (50% combined).

 

 

SLL5012H       CONTEMPORARY AFRIKAANS POETRY

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: Professor J Hambidge

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.

Course outline:

A study of developments and trends in contemporary Afrikaans poetry through a close reading of selected texts within a framework of subject theory and theories on the metaphor. Feminist poetry (Olga Kirsch, Elisabeth Eybers & Antjie Krog) will be read and assessed. The theories of  continental philosophers (Cixous) versus American philosophers (Judit Butler) will be applied to read the “body as text versus the text as body”.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work.

Assessment: Written work (50%) plus written examination (50%).

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