21 November 2015HAS 110 - Personal NotesThemes of 2015 What Makes Mapungubwe South Africa’s Frst state society? Describe the features that mark it out as a state society. 4Essay 1:4Essay 2:7Essay 3:9Essay 4 (80%):10What are the core values that a citizens expect states to uphold? 12Essay 1:12DeFne the concept ‘state’ and discuss the characteristics of a state by means of examples14Essay 1:14Essay 2:15How does the South African experience Ft into a broader history of modern concept of race, with speciFc reference to key moments in this history?16Essay 1:16Essay 2:19Essay 2:21To what extent is Tsonga ethnicity a product of historical process? 22Essay 1:22What factors shaped inequality, poverty and unemployment in Soweto in the past and what factors shape them today?24Essay 1:24Essay 2:25What is pit sense and how is it relevant to the dangers that mineworkers face underground? 27Essay 1:27Provide three case studies where mining has affected heritage. You should focus particularly on how the threat of mining was averted, if at all.29Essay 1:29How do we relate the tragic events at Marikana to the broader social context in post-apartheid South Africa? In your answer, refer to the migrant labour system and comment on possible solutions to the problem posed by the continued reliance on migrant labour. 301Targo Dove
Social sciences: Perspectives on contemporary society
An introduction to long-standing questions about the nature of human societies and contemporary challenges. Topics to be discussed include globalisation and increasing connectedness; rising unemployment, inequality and poverty; rapid urbanisation and the modern city form; transformations in the nature of work; environmental degradation and tensions between sustainability and growth; shifts in global power relations; the future of the nation-state and supra-national governance structures; and possibilities for extending human rights and democracy. Critical questions are posed about modern selfhood, sociality, culture and identity against the background of new communications technologies, ever more multicultural societies, enduring gender, class and race inequities, and the emergence of new and the resurgence of older forms of social and political identity. These issues are approached from the vantage of our location in southern Africa and the continent, drawing on social science perspectives.