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Study Philosophy in South Africa

University of Johannesburg South Africa

What does the Department of Philosophy offer you?

The lecturers in this department are well-prepared and present lectures based on their research interests. Furthermore, we welcome student participation during our lectures. All the lecturers are good researchers who are knowledgeable about the latest developments in their fields.

Prospective students can apply via the Internet (http://www.uj.ac.za/ click on Prospective Student and then on Application Form). 
If you were already a student at University of Johannesburg, you do not need to fill in a University of Johannesburg form.  You will get a printed form from the Faculty of Arts.

Honours in Philosophy
This course consists of four sections, each contributing 25%.
Full-time students do two sections per semester and part-time students one section per semester.
Classes will be scheduled at times that suit all the students.
Examination will be written at the end of each semester in June and November.

Prospective students can apply via the Internet ( http://www.uj.ac.za/ , click on Prospective Student and then on Application Form). 

Master's in Philosophy
This course consists of four coursework papers, an oral examination and a mini-dissertation.
Full-time students do two coursework papers per semester and part-time students one per semester.
The oral examination and mini-dissertation commence after completion of the coursework papers.
Classes will be scheduled at times that suit all the students.
Examination will be written at the end of each semester in June and November.

You need permission from the department for the masters.  Please fill in the form for permission.  Form  

If you have been accepted by the department, you can apply at the Faculty of Arts ( http://www.uj.ac.za/ , click on Prospective Student and then on Application Form). 

Doctoral degree
A thesis is completed on a topic chosen in consultation with the chairperson of the department and written under the supervision of a lecturer.  four seminars, a doctoral examination (the equivalent of two papers each consisting of four modules) and an essay, ready for publication in a journal, are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Arts.
In order to be accepted for the Doctoral study, the student must show proof of accomplishment concerning research methodology and the History of Philosophy.  Supplementary oral examinations might be required.

You need permission from the department for the doctoral.  Please fill in the form for permission.  Form 

If you have been accepted by the department, you can apply at the Faculty of Arts (http://www.uj.ac.za/, click on Prospective Student and then on Application Form). 

 

STAFF

 

Deon Rossouw (Chairperson)

Professor in Philosophy

D Phil

 

Research interests:

Deon Rossouw specialises in the field of Business Ethics.  He has published and taught extensively in this field, and he is  the President of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa).




 

Contact details:

Tel:  +27-11-489-2469

Fax:  +27-11-489-3326

E-mail:  gjr@lw.uj.ac.za  

 

 

 

Hennie Latter

Professor in Philosophy

D Litt et Phil

 

Research interests:

Prof Latter's research interests are mainly in political philosophy.  Over the years he has done most of his work on issues of justice.  He is currently involved in a long-term project on justice and poverty.


Contact details:

Tel:  +27-11-489-2734

Fax:  +27-11-489-3326

E-mail:  hppl@lw.uj.ac.za

 

 




Johan Snyman

Professor in Philosophy

D Litt et Phil

 

Research interests:

His interest in issues of modernism and postmodernism in aesthetics inevitably lead to an exploration of topics such as ideology critique, the social role and significance of art, and in this context in particular, the meaning of the Holocaust and of apartheid for the production of culture.  Current research focuses on the theory of the sublime (Kant, Schiller, Lyotard, Celan), theories of trauma, and theories of the politics of remembrance.


Contact details:

Tel:  +27-11-489-2729

Fax:  +27-11-489-3326

E-mail:  jjs@lw.uj.ac.za

 




Louise du Toit

Lecturer in Philosophy

MA (Philosophy)

 

Research interests:

Louise lectures in the fields of multiculturalism, political ethics, hermeneutics, feminism and theories of the body.  Her main research theme is the ethical and political implications of sexual difference.  Other interests include the position of women within the world religions, as well as feminist theology, and feminist readings of ancient and classic philosophy texts.

 

Contact particulars:

Tel:  +27-11-489-2727

Fax:  +27-11-489-3326

E-mail:  hldt@lw.uj.ac.za

 

 

 


COURSES

 

Honours in Philosophy

 

The entry requirement for this program is at least 60% in a first degree with Philosophy as a major.  This course consists of four sections, each contributing 25%.

 

Full-time students do two sections per semester and part-time students one section per semester.

 

The department sets out criteria for selection annually.

 

You need permission from the department to enroll for the honours programme. 

 

Section 1 (Research and contemporary philosophy)

This course focuses on philosophical research. The unique nature of philosophical research, as well as other philosophical research skills, such as systematic, logical argumentation, the creative design of own views, and the ability to construct theories, will be acquired by writing essays on the central themes covered by the contemporary philosophical texts.


 

Section 2 (Feminist theory and ethics)

This course offers an in-depth introduction to, and overview of, the most important feminist streams of thought. In this course, we will look at feminist philosophy, methodology, epistemology and ethics. Feminist analytical techniques will be learnt, so that you will, by the end of the course, be able to execute feminist or gender sensitive readings of texts, such as narratives and policy documents.


Section 3 (Ethics)

This module commences with a brief introduction to some of the profound questions in moral philosophy. Various reactions to the crisis sparked in ethics by modernist ethics are then examined in depth. These include Alisdair MacIntyre's attempt to restore the Aristotelian tradition in ethics and Charles Taylor's effort to retrieve an Ethic of Authenticity. Finally the critique on such attempts by post-modern thinkers, like Jean-Francois Lyotard and  Emmanuel Levinas is  considered.Lecturer:  Prof GJ Rossouw

 

Section 4 (Aesthetics)

Review of premodern, modern and postmodern aesthetics, with special emphasis on the transition from beauty to the sublime as major focus of aesthetics. David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Theodor Adorno, Jean-Francois Lyotard.

Lecturer:  Prof JJ Snyman

 


Application forms available at:  http://www.uj.ac.za/

 



Master's in Philosophy

 

The entry requirement for this programme is at least 60% in a honours degree in Philosophy. 

 

Dissertation

A dissertation on a topic selected in consultation with the department must be completed under the supervision of a lecturer in the department.  Ac complete research proposal must be presented for discussion and approval at a departmental meeting. 

 

You need permission from the department to enroll for the masters programme. 

 


Application forms available at:  http://www.uj.ac.za/

 

M Phil (Ethics)

 

The M Phil (Ethics) course is designed to enable persons within private and public organisations to deal with the ethical dimension of their work.

 

Persons with at least 2 years work experience and an honours or four-year degree equivalent to an honours degree in any discipline can apply for this two year part-time course.

 

The course is ideally suited for persons:

wishing to equip themselves to deal with the ethical dimension of their work,

  • pursuing a career opportunity related to the management of ethics (e.g. ethics officer, ethics custodian, ethics auditor),

  • desiring to enrich themselves intellectually and morally within their existing work roles.

 

Course outline

The course consists of four sections. Modules.  Modules 1 and 2 are completed in the first year whilst Modules 3 and 4 are completed in the second year. 

 

MODULE 1: HISTORY OF ETHICS

 

Discover how very novel and innovative some of our moral notions are in their original context: the Ancients (Plato and Aristotle), the Moderns (Kant, Marx, Mill), the Postmoderns (Habermas and Levinas). Notions such as the ideal good, virtue and friendship are explored and compared to duties, the greatest good and the good according to a social class, the good as communication free from coercion and the face of the other as icon of the good.

 

MODULE 2: BUSINESS ETHICS

 

Learners will be introduced to basic concepts and relevant theories in the field of business ethics. Armoured with these intellectual tools we will then critically explore recent conceptions of the role of business in society. Various moral dilemmas that organisations inevitably have to face will be unpacked. This will lead us into the terrain of moral decision-making and strategies for dealing with moral dilemmas. Finally the quest for moral standards on a global and diverse economic landscape will be critically investigated.

 



MODULE 3: GENDER AND RACE at WORK

 

In this course we will follow a critical race and gender theory approach. We look at ways in which difference and identity are constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed with regard to race and gender, and to some extent also class.  Different sexual identities as well as their stereotypical representations will be analysed, including femininity and masculinity, and gay and lesbian identities, as well as how they inter-link with race and class.  The 'difference and equality' debate within the critical social sciences will frame our analysis of the South African workplace. 

 

MODULE 4: JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY AT WORK

 

In the first part of this course learners will discuss different conceptions of justice and democracy to enable them to develop an independent view of each.  In the second part of the course conceptions of justice and democracy are applied to a variety of case studies drawn from the workplace.  Learners will be encouraged to present cases from their own experience.  They will have to demonstrate the value of their conceptions of a democracy through applying them to at least three case studies.

 

Course format

 

Within each module there are a minimum of two-contact session of two days each (on Fridays and Saturdays). 

 

A research essay relevant to your work experience is required within each of the four modules.

 

Study guides are available on-line and assignments can be submitted on-line as well.

 


 


Application forms available at:  http://www.uj.ac.za/

 

Doctoral degree

 

 

The entry requirement for this degree is at least 60% in a Masters degree in Philosophy.  A thesis is completed on a topic chosen in consultation with the chairperson of the department and written under the supervision of a lecturer.  Four seminars and a doctoral examination are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Arts.

 

In order to be accepted for the Doctoral study, the student must show proof of accomplishment concerning research methodology and the History of Philosophy.  Supplementary oral examinations might be required.

 

You need permission from the department to enroll for the doctoral programme. Closing date for applications is 15 October.

 

Application forms available at:  http://www.uj.ac.za/


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Department of Philosophy

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South Africa

Tel: +27-11-489-2337

E-mail: aj@lw.uj.ac.za

Fax: +27-11-489-3326

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