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Afrikaans and Dutch

Academic courses can be followed from first-year level to the level of a doctorate.

A variety of courses are offered and students have a choice as to whether they would like to be trained professionally or for the discipline. Students can still make a thorough scientific study of Afrikaans linguistics and literature, but in other courses the emphasis falls on aspects of language usage in the workplace and the professional world.

Afrikaans Literature: The most important literary works in Afrikaans are studied, as well as a fair amount of Dutch literature. The history of literature and literary theories are applied for purposes of finding new and relevant interpretations of poems, novel and plays.

Afrikaans Linguistics: Phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics and the historical link of Afrikaans with other languages are the fields of study. Attention is also given to the usage of Afrikaans, an aspect that is of great value in practice and in professional life.

In the Faculty of Law a course in Afrikaans Communication skills is offered.

Did you know?

  • Afrikaans is spoken by the third-largest group of mother tongue speakers in South Africa, and is understood and can be used by about 16 million people in South Africa.
  • World-wide, Afrikaans is understood by about 38 million people in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Surinam, Indonesia and even small parts of the Argentine.

Career options

The study of Afrikaans at university is valuable for a number of professions:

  • Teachers, lecturers, writers, translators, interpreters, language technologists.
  • Journalists, radio-broadcasters, television announcers, copy-writers, publicity practitioners.
  • Publishers, translators, dictionary makers, magazine editors, editors, specialized secretarial services.
  • Language editors and editors of corporate magazines.
  • It is also of great use to people in library services, the diplomatic service, computer and information services and for ministers of religion, attorneys and advocates.

AFRIKAANS AND DUTCH

Module code: AFNE211 Semester 1 NQF level: 6
Title:  “From Amsterdam to Potchdam”: Facets of Dutch language and literature

Module outcomes:  After completing this module the student should be able to

  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of Dutch and Dutch grammar;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the most important tendencies, writers and texts in modern Dutch;
  • read selected Dutch texts in their literary and cultural contexts;
  • apply critically the principles of comparative literary study;
  • compare Dutch texts, especially post-colonial texts with Afrikaans texts; and
  • acquire knowledge independently, and analyse, apply, integrate and communicate it effectively.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 1X2 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNE212 Semester 1 NQF level: 6
Title: Text, intertext and hypertext: Literary theoretical perspectives

Module outcomes:  On completion of the module the student should be able to

  • demonstrate knowledge of the literature science and insight in selected concepts, paradigms, models and theories therein; and
  • critically read and evaluate texts (also cultural texts) on the basis of particular criteria, as individual and also in group context, from different literary theoretical perspectives, and responsibly and effectively communicate an own opinion with the aid of applicable technology.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 1X2 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNE213 Semester 1 NQF level: 6
Title:  Interdisciplinary perspectives on children’s and youth literature

Module outcomes: After completing the module the student should be able to

  • communicate knowledgeably and with insight on the function of literature for toddlers, children and the youth from the viewpoint of several disciplines (literature, linguistics, psychology, sociology, communication studies, technology, information studies, education, art and culture);
  • create texts with a view to contributing to the promotion of literature for toddlers, children and the youth (reviews, articles, translations, stories, poems, songs, dramas, scripts for radio, television and film, illustrations for children’s books, movable and pop-up books, creating CD-ROM games, contributions to a web page);
  • to think in a problem-solving way about the promotion of literature for toddlers, children and youths in all the South African languages and to focus on one specific language;
  • to understand subject specific values and to be able to discuss it — orally as well as in writing.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 1X2 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNP111 Semester 1 NQF level: 5
Title:  Afrikaans: Language without borders

 Module outcomes: After completing the module the student should be able to

  • understand and implement the basic principles of the system underlying the normative rules and practices of Afrikaans;
  • differentiate, analyse and produce various text types in Afrikaans;
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate both functional and aesthetic Afrikaans texts;
  • explain and apply core concepts from narratology.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 1X2 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNP121 Semester 2 NQF level: 5
Title:  Afrikaans and Dutch language and literary study: The scientific process

Module outcomes: After completing this module the student should be able to

  • analyse Afrikaans and Dutch narrative and poetic texts by using a theoretically founded reading strategy; \
  • identify, formulate and analyse the aesthetic and ideological aspects of Afrikaans and Dutch stories and poems;
  • define and comprehend the basic concepts of semantics;
  • make a semantic analysis of representative Afrikaans examples;

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 1X3 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNP211 Semester 1 NQF level: 6
Title:  Afrikaans and Dutch: Frameworks for language and literary study

Module outcomes:  After completing this module the student should be able to

  • use different theoretical frameworks in the analysis and interpretation of Afrikaans and Dutch literary texts;
  • identify and interpret the aesthetic, cultural and social values and tendencies in a diachronic study of the Afrikaans and Dutch literature up to 1960;
  • define and comprehend the basic concepts of morphology;
  • analyse representative Afrikaans morphological constructions.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 2X2 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNP221 Semester 2 NQF level: 6
Title:  Afrikaans and Dutch: Speech and literary acts

Module outcomes: After completing the module the student should be able to

  • to analyse and interpret Afrikaans and Dutch drama texts as literature and plays;
  • offer well-founded opinions on the success of drama productions as plays;
  • use different theoretical frameworks in the analysis and interpretation of Afrikaans and Dutch literary texts;
  • identify and interpret the aesthetic, cultural and social values and trends in a diachronic study of Afrikaans and Dutch literature up to 1960;
  • describe the diachronic line of development of Afrikaans;
  • explain the present  language situation regarding Afrikaans in terms of the historic development;
  • compare and evaluate viewpoints on language policy.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 2X2 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNP311 Semester 1 NQF level: 7
Title:  Afrikaans and Dutch: The multitude of voices

Module outcomes:  After completing the module the student should be able to

  • conduct independent research and write a research report; 
  • understand the nature and extent of language variety;
  • define and comprehend the basic concepts of phonology;
  • compare and evaluate linguistic paradigms;
  • analyse, interpret and compare Afrikaans and Dutch poems originating after 1960;  and
  • evaluate poetic texts and conventions on the basis of contemporary literary theories.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 2X3 hours —  weight: 40%

Module code: AFNP321 Semester 2 NQF level: 7
Tilel:  Afrikaans and Dutch: The multitude of voices II

Module outcomes:  After completing the module the student should be able to

  • evaluate the quality of existing Afrikaans texts;
  • conduct independent research;
  • understand the importance of knowledge of the study of Afrikaans usage
  • comprehend and define the basic concepts of syntax;
  • explain and understand the influence of pragmatics on the comprehension of language;
  • compare and evaluate grammatical paradigms;
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate Afrikaans and Dutch prose texts originating after 1960 with reference to various poststructuralistic literary theories;
  • compare Afrikaans and Dutch novels with reference to theme and style;
  • apply and evaluate literary theories;
  • identify and interpret ethical, esthetical, cultural and social values in a study of the film as medium;
  • to explain the value of film analysis; and
  • apply the narrative principles for written texts.

Method of delivery: Full-time
Assessment methods: 
Tests and assignments — weight: 60% 
Semester exam 2X3 hours —  weight: 40%


 

 

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