Post Graduate Diploma

Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Development
(NQF level 8, 120 credits)
This one year postgraduate Diploma programme offers students and professionals in the field of sport, recreation, development and peace building a unique opportunity to acquire an in depth training while retaining their current position.
This course

offers participants the opportunity to challenge and further develop their individual professional vision, to acquire more intimate knowledge about the use of sport and recreation as a tool for development and peace, ranging from sport and recreation management to institutional and leadership issues and to know networks and key decision makers and key personalities from various backgrounds.

With a strong developmental and cross-cultural emphasis, the programme addressees most relevant issues in the field from a practice-orientated perspective and at the same time critically examines the potential role and use of sport and recreation as a local and global tool for youth and community development, conflict prevention, social transformation and peace building. The course aims at promoting an educational process which will generate greater awareness and understanding of the complexities of using sport and recreation as a vehicle for such developmental efforts.

Admission Requirements
BA/BSc Degree or equivalent (at the discretion of the University).
All candidates should demonstrate a basic knowledge of the field of sport and recreation, development and transformation. Work or study experience in a multicultural context as an added advantage.

The course targets representatives from government, academia and civil society as well as practising
trainers, teachers, community and social workers and facilitators from diverse backgrounds.
The course is designed for leaders and their subordinates alike, government departments, civil society, schools, the corporate sector, those working in research, the field and other like-minded individuals who work in the field of sport, recreation and development and peace.

Duration: 1 year
Course Begin and Format: The course will run from January 2014 until December 2014.

It will be offered in form of face to face contact time, self-study and interaction via e-learning. Lecturers will start with e-learning, assignments and self study from January to July 2014.

Classes will be offered in 2 blocks of 3-4 weeks each in May /June and in November/December 2014.
Modules and Credit Distribution:
Credit Distribution: Core (60) credits and Electives (60) credits
Core Modules
Sport, Development and Peace
Policy, Implementation and Evaluation in Sport and Development

Research Methods in the Development Context
3 Electives chosen from below:
Conflict Transformation, Development and Peace
Leadership, Culture and Diversity
Economics and Public Sector Finance Management
Health and Development
Sport and games for personal growth and community development

Sport and recreation as psychosocial tools in the context of violence and disasters
Exit level Outcomes:
The programme is aimed at developing the following competences:
  • A comprehensive and integrated knowledge of practises of sport, development and peace
  • A coherent and critical understanding of the principles, scope and theories of global and local trends in the field
  • An understanding of a range of research methodologies and methods/techniques including monitoring and evaluation techniques and an ability to select those appropriate for their own work in the field
  • The ability to identify, analyse, synthesise and undertake independent evaluation of current Southern African, African and international issues and initiatives including projects around sport, development and peace and sport and recreation as a tool for social change.
Teaching and Class format:
This course will be taught with equal reference to theoretical content and practical applications drawn from local, national and international contexts and from participants own experiences. Class format will include lectures, case studies, individual and group tasks, assignments, class discussions, information searches, self-study as well as group projects. The teaching method will be highly participatory. Students will also be exposed to interaction via e-learning and experiential exercises which can form part of their own sport, development, conflict transformation and peace building tool box.
Moderation and Assessment
The programme and student performance will be subject to all university requirements and will be internally and externally moderated, including the mini-thesis.
A Postgraduate Diploma of the University of the Western Cape will be issued to those participants who successfully meet the assessment criteria.
For more information, please contact or Tel.: 021 959 3859