Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies
An invaluable online learning opportunity
What our programme offers
The Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies is a unique programme offered by PLAAS, at the University of the Western Cape. It is the only programme in the land and agrarian studies field offered at a South African University, and 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 four-week online learning block sessions, taking place April/May (4 weeks) and August/September (4 weeks);
- And a relevant, respected, recognised career-enhancing qualification.
Who it will benefit
The PG 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.
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.
Ms Carla Henry
PLAAS, University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17