LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Poverty, Land- and Agrarian Studies

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN POVERTY, LAND AND AGRARIAN STUDIES

The Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies offered by PLAAS at the University of the Western Cape is the only programme of its kind in land- and agrarian studies at a South African university, accredited at NQF level 8.

It offers:

• internationally recognised lecturers with established expertise in poverty, land and agrarian studies;
• a solid grasp of key concepts in poverty, land, agrarian reform, ecosystem and climate change;
• critical engagement with land and related policies in Southern Africa and interventions in students’ professional contexts;
• two convenient three-week teaching blocks per year;
• and a relevant, respected, recognised career-enhancing qualification.

Who it will benefit

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed for passionate and committed working professionals such as policymakers, planners, managers and fieldworkers. It will benefit those working in government departments, local government bodies, NGOs, private sector companies and consultancies.

The four course modules

Structural Poverty and Marginalised Livelihoods in Southern African Agro-Food Systems
The Political Economy of Land and Agrarian Reform in Southern Africa
The Economics of Farming and Food Systems
The Social and Ecological Dimensions of Ecosystem Management

Who can apply?

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, with an average of 60% in the final assessment of the exit-modules in relevant courses such as Sociology, History, Economics, Political Science, Agriculture, Public Administration, Geography and/or Environmental Studies, together with at least three years’ relevant experience in the areas of poverty, land reform and sustainable natural resources management.
OR
For those applicants without a first degree, recognition of prior learning (RPL) procedures will apply to candidates with extensive work experience (at least ten years) in land and agrarian reform, rural development, natural resources management and/or gender issues. Preference will be given to students with good English writing abilities.

Contact: Ms Carla Henry
Senior Administrator
Postgraduate Programme
PLAAS, University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville 7535
Western Cape
SOUTH AFRICA

Tel: +27 (21) 959 3727/3733
Fax: +27 (21) 959 3732
Email: chenry@uwc.ac.za
Website: www.plaas.org.za/PG-programme

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