Welcome to the homepage of the Department of
Development Studies at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Department of Development Studies is an integral part of St. Joseph’s Theological Institute. As such, it is committed to the broader vision and mission of the Institute. The Department seeks to contribute to the Institute’s vision and mission by providing quality higher education and training in the area of human and social development.

Two key areas have been identified through which the Department will make a specific contribution:

(a) Formation
The Department will help train men and women capable of working in formation programmes. The programmes offered have been designed to help participants benefit from the rich academic and professional facilities offered by the Institute and through the Institute from the Pietermaritzburg Cluster of Theological Institutions. A key component of this aspect will be contextual reflection. The African context will be the background and context for theological and religious reflection and formation.

(b) Leadership in Social Development
The Department will offer training to men and women, religious and lay capable of working in organisations and agencies that deal with issues of social development and advocacy.

For Whom Are These Programmes?
Both Higher Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Human and Social Development will be especially useful for those who wish to engage, or are already engaged in contexts of non-ordained professional ministry in church or society, e.g., Religious Accompaniment and Formation; Chaplaincy Work; Care Centres dealing with HIV/AIDS, orphans, elder persons and Hospices; Local Government and Community Projects; Non-Governmental Organisations and Faith-Based Organisations.

HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The Higher Certificate in Human and Social Development is designed to train leaders for society and for the church who serve in a professional and ethical manner.

Admission Criteria
Applicants for the Higher Certificate in Human and Social Development must have obtained a National Senior Certificate, or its equivalent, with a minimum of 16 points. The Exemptions Committee of the Institute will consider on a case by case basis the situation of those applicants with equivalent or non-South African qualifications and offer further guidance in terms of Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience.
Applicants must have a mark of at least E (40%―49%) Higher Grade in English. As this is the language of instruction at the Institute, students must be able to comprehend and converse well in English. Applicants may be required to pass a proficiency test.

Programme Duration
Students are usually required to attend lectures on a full time basis. The minimum duration of the programme is one year for full-time students, a minimum of two semesters. Students on a part-time basis are also may be admitted with the necessary adjustments to the programme.

Credit Components
Students are expected to successfully complete all the modules that are offered. However, because of the fact that some students do not complete their studies in an unbroken sequence, because others come from institutions where they have done part of their studies, and because the sequence of modules taught at the Institute changes from time to time due to unforeseen circumstances, it is accepted that not all students will be able to take all the possible modules.

Exit Level Outcomes
– To provide learners with basic introductory knowledge in the specific field of study, that is, development studies.
– To provide learners with the necessary cognitive and conceptual tools to enable them to proceed with advanced studies or to employ
the acquired knowledge in the chosen field of study.
– Have the foundational knowledge to enable them to pursuit further studies in the areas of human and social development.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The Advanced Certificate in Human and Social Development is designed to offer more advanced training to leaders for society and for the church who serve in a professional and ethical manner.

Admission Criteria
Students registering for the Advanced Certificate in Human and Social Development must have obtained a minimum of a Higher Certificate in Human and Social Development or its equivalent with the required combination of modules as determined by the Admission Board.

The Exemptions Committee of the Institute will consider on a case by case basis the situation of those applicants with equivalent qualifications and offer further guidance in terms of Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience of Applicants who have been involved in some ministry work.

Programme Duration
Students are usually required to attend lectures on a full time basis. The minimum duration of the programme is one year for full-time students, a minimum of two semesters. Students on a part-time basis are also may be admitted with the necessary adjustments to the programme.

Credit Components
Students are expected to successfully complete all the modules that are offered. However, because of the fact that some students do not complete their studies in an unbroken sequence, because others come from institutions where they have done part of their studies, and because the sequence of modules taught at the Institute changes from time to time due to unforeseen circumstances, it is accepted that not all students will be able to take all the possible modules.

Exit Level Outcomes
Upon the successful completion of the programme students will be expected to:
– Have a broad knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and theories of human and social development;
– Have a basic knowledge and understanding of dynamics in the selection and religious formation of candidates for the Religious Life
and the Priesthood;
– Have the basic capacity to manage an office or project;
– Identify some of the development issues in the local context and be able to do a social analysis;
– Have the foundational knowledge to enable them to pursuit further studies in the areas of human and social development.

Contact the Department – hodds@sjti.ac.za