n South African Journal of Higher Education - Developing a sociology foundation course : an analysis of principles, methods and materials

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article provides both a description and analysis of the teaching and learning principles used in the design, development and implementation of a foundation course in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. The course was launched in an attempt to provide a structured and more sustained intervention for addressing the needs of students with little basis in the skills required for study at tertiary education institutions. The article demonstrates the ways in which these principles have informed not only the initial and continued design of the course, but also the teaching methods employed and the teaching and learning materials used. The approach has proved to be very successful in developing a wide range of skills in students who complete the course. Such an approach is not limited to the teaching and learning of Sociology only, nor should it be confined to foundation and academic development teaching. The article therefore concludes by advocating the approach for all areas and levels of teaching at tertiary institutions.

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