Social Impact Assessment

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Social Impact Assessment coursework
The UJ Sociology Department offers a structured, accredited short course in Social Impact Assessment. This course is offered both as a module as part of a structured MA and as a Postgraduate Diploma. The course is taught in two block weeks that must be attended on campus.

Minimum Requirements 

An Honours in the Social Sciences 

Career Prospects
The National Environmental Management Act of 1998 requires that the social and economic impact of all new development projects must be assessed. This affects the construction of new roads, factories, shopping centres, etc. The Social Impact Assessment MA provides training in social and economic impact assessment, and it is the only degree of its kind in South Africa. It, therefore, offers an excellent opportunity for entry to the many job opportunities that are being opened up by the act. The degree consists of the following four components: The Social Impact Assessment Process. The purpose of this module is to enable learners to predict the ability of a community or group to adapt to changing conditions; define the problems or clarify the issues involved in a proposed change; anticipate and assess impacts on the quality of life; illuminate the meaning and importance of anticipated change; identify mitigation opportunities or requirements; and advise communities and other stakeholders on how to comply with regulations and policies.

Participation and Institutional Development

The purpose of this module is to enable learners to analyse and contextualise the concepts and practice of participation and institutional development. It critically assesses the meaning of participation and investigates strategies for increasing the quality and quantity of participation in development, especially in relation to disadvantaged communities.

For more information about SIA contact the course coordinator, Prof Luke Sinwell at

For first-time (new) applicants use the link below:

Wizard/Web Application:

 And the RETURNING student web link is:

 Returning students’ viz. applicants would require your student numbers and PIN to apply using the link above.  If you have forgotten your PINS, then you must call the UJ Call Centre on 011 559-4555 to update your biographical contact details e.g. email address and cell number.

 For either of the application processes above, a token (namely, PGDSOC) must be typed in CAPS into the token field or else the qualification will not populate, and the application will remain incomplete.

 Once the application is done, all documents submitted via emailed must comply with the following:

  • Supporting documents must be certified.
  • When scanning, all documents must be scanned as separate attachments i.e. NSC results in separate, academic records and degree or diploma certificate etc.
  • The scanned format to be used must be as a jpeg, gif, tiff file, which is much more user-friendly for our document management system.

 Please follow the above guidelines and email, or re-email if needed, your documents with only your student number in the subject line to:

Curricular/Extra-curricular programmes: Block Code 0 = 

International applicants: Block Code 0 =

For more information about the Master’s degree, please contact the Master’s coordinator, Prof Melanie Samson at