**Please note that this programme is only offered at Master's level**


The MSocSc in Global Studies is offered in partnership with the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (India).

The aim of this specialisation is to enhance our students' intercultural competence and expose them to diverse knowledge systems in the social sciences;to enrich their understand of social change in a globalising world; and to understand the functioning of social institutions in diverse societies. Students in the Global Studies programme study and research on three different continents, and each group comprises students from all parts of the world. 

Students registered for the programme at UCT will spend their first semester at Freiburg University. The second semester is completed at UCT where students will find a committed set of lecturers and experts in their fields who combine an astute awareness of globalisation processes and their implications for societies in the south and in Africa. A third semester is spent at JNU. Students then return to Cape Town to complete their minor dissertations. 


Above: The 2015-2017 Global Studies cohort at Freiburg University 

Prescribed curriculum:

Master’s students are required to complete a minor dissertation and taught courses with a combined total of 96 NQF credits.

Compulsory (core) courses at UCT:

  • Minor Dissertation, and: 

Select at least TWO of the following:

  • Sociology of Deviance (not offered in 2018)
  • Action, Resistance, Alternatives
  • Sociology of Gender and Globalisation
  • Worlds of Work

The remaining courses may be selected from the list of UCT, Freiburg and JNU. 

UCT elective courses (choose two half-courses): 

  • Art and the Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Contemporary Social Theory.
  • Society and Natural Resources
  • Workers, Change & Continuity
  • Development Theory & Practice (contingent on availability of practical internships)
  • GPNs Development & Decent Work

Subject to the approval of the Convener, another elective offered by the Department of Sociology or a cognate department may replace one or two of the listed electives.

Freiburg courses (four half-courses) 

  • European Social Thought 
  • Theories of Globalisation 
  • Globalisation and International Relations
  • Empirical Methods in Anthropology/Human Geography 

JNU elective courses

  • Polity and Society in India (half course)
  • Globalisation, International Institutions and Society (half course)
  • Techniques of Social Research (half course)