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Short Learning Programme
A need was identified in the market for a short learning programme in philosophy based on inquiries from the general public that will also provide greater access to prospective studies in philosophy.

Purpose of the course:

An informed understanding of salient ideas in Western intellectual history with a systematic focus on the issues of reality, knowing and knowledge, worldview and religion; the ability to think critically about various views about and within the latter ideas and issues; the ability to apply these meta-theoretical ideas and issues to some practical problems in the world we live in.The ability to formulate an own point of view with regard to these ideas and issues;

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
A diploma or other qualification at NQF level 5.
Learning assumed to be in place: 

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  • ideas, themes and thinkers in the history of Western thinking,
  • with a focus on the philosophical subdisciplines of ontology, epistemology and philosophy of science,
  • and the themes of worldview and religion.


  • form an individual opinion, in a coherent way, from an established position (e.g. the Christian),
  • about ideas, themes, disciplines and thinkers in Western intellectual thinking, especially the subdisciplines and themes mentioned above,
  • apply this newly acquired knowledge basis and own opinions,
  • and report on it in a philosophical style.


It should be noted that participants are obliged to attend at least 70% of the contact classes to successfully pass the course. Furthermore, a participant must attain an average mark of 50% for all the relevant assessments in order to pass the course. Assessment will be supervised and conducted by the course presenters. The assessments are in the form of theoretical assignments and tests. Any statement (“transcript”, letter of attendance, receipt, or any other document bearing a NWU emblem) must be treated in the same manner as a certificate – i.e. issued ONLY via the approved NWU system/route/protocol.
Method of assessment: 
Assessment will be carried out in the form of six formative and two summative assessments (either exams or take-home assignments) (50% of final mark). Appointed staff of the School of Philosophy (not presenters) will moderate the summative assessments and its allocated marks.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
People interested with the required admission requirements.
Contact us
Mr Francois Pretorius
Telephone number: 
(018) 299 4094