Labour Studies Diploma (LSD)

9 months
240 Credits


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Labour Studies Diploma (LSD)

The Diploma in labour studies is designed to formalise knowledge which for many participants there would be some level of experience. It introduces or formalises fundamental concepts of trade unionism and working class philosophy and ideology along with legal and economic fundamentals. The Diploma is intended for shop stewards with significant union experience and trade union officials. It is recommended that new recruits amongst trade union staff and newer shop stewards first complete some of the short course (part qualification) offerings and or elements of the trade union practice offerings. There is an RPL assessment and competency entrance test. An RPL advisor can also assist in developing a POE for module credits.

These modules give a generalised grounding in labour studies and then a host of optional components allow for greater specialisation. The diploma affords the opportunity for five streams of specialisation that students can follow through their module selections. These are;

Law, Labour Economics, Political and development, Gender, Organisations

The diploma carries a balance of theoretical and practical elements. It progresses from mostly level 5 modules in the first year and mostly L6 modules in the second year.

This is a two year qualification that runs through evening classes. Lectures take place on four evenings a week running from 6-8pm

Exams take place on a Saturday

Venue: To be announced

Dates: May 2017 – May 2019

Registration cost: R1 500 per anum

Semester cost: R6 100 (5% discount)

Quarter cost: R3 210

Applications must be submitted by 10 March 2017

Minimum numbers of applications must be reached in order for the programme to run on the indicated dates. In this instance the minimum number is 17 learners.

Module Description and Running Dates for The Diploma in Labour Studies (240 Credits)


Labour Studies Diploma (LSD)

Level 1 Semester 1
Module name NQF Credits Notional hours     Running Dates
(IAL11) Introduction to Academic Literacy 5 15 160 FUNDAMENTAL COMPULSORY 24/4-27/5/2017
(SAL11) Introduction to the South African legal framework 6 16 160 CORE COMPULSORY 5/6-14/7/2017
(HTU11) History and Theory of Trade Unions 5 15 150 FUNDAMENTAL COMPULSORY 25/7-25/8/2017
(WET11) Worker Education Theory and Practice 5 15 150 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL 5/9/- 6/10/2017
(LCS11) Labour, Capital and State 6 16 160 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL 5/9/- 6/10/2017
Level 1 Semester 2
(WPI12) Working class philosophy and Ideology 5 15 150 FUNDAMENTAL COMPULSORY 17/10-10/11/2017
(WIS12) An Introduction to Industrial Sociology: Workers and industrialisation in South Africa 6 16 160 CORE COMPULSORY 22/1/-16/2/2018
(ILL12) Individual Labour Law 6 16 160 CORE OPTIONAL 26/2-30/3/2018
(WRD12) Worker representation in discipline and grievance procedures (incl. 80 hours experiential learning) 5 16 160 CORE OPTIONAL 9/3/-11/4/2018
(OCD12) Organising and campaigning for democratic organisations

(includes 80 hours of workplace learning)

5 16 160 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL 22/4/-22/6/2018
(LPD12) Leadership and planning for democratic organisations 5 8 80 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL 22/4/-22/6/2018
(GAA12) Gender and Activism 5 8 80 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL 22/4/-22/6/2018
Level 2 Semester 1
(RPU11) Research Practice for Unions 6 16 160 FUNDAMENTAL COMPULSORY TBA
(IES21) Introduction to Economic systems 6 16 160 CORE OPTIONAL TBA
(CLL12) Collective Labour Law 6 16 160 CORE OPTIONAL TBA
(CBT12) Collective Bargaining Theory and Practice (includes 100 hours work placement) 5 15 150 CORE OPTIONAL TBA
(IPS21) Introduction to Political Sciences (IWLP) 6 16 160 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL TBA
(OAP21) Organisations and production 6 8 80 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL TBA
(GCA21) Globalisation and workplace impacts 6 8 80 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL TBA
Level 2 Semester 2
(IPE22) Introduction to South African Political Economy 6 16 160 FUNDAMENTAL COMPULSORY TBA
(CAD22) Capitalism and Development 6 16 160 CORE OPTIONAL TBA
(LGD22) Labour, Gender and Development 6 16 160 CORE OPTIONAL TBA
(ILM22) Introduction to Labour markets and employment 6 8 80 CORE OPTIONAL TBA
(OHS22) Occupational health and safety in the Workplace 6 8 80 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL TBA
(IHR22) International law: human and Labour rights. 6 8 80 ELECTIVE OPTIONAL TBA

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