Presented according to a historical timeline from the late 1980s until the present, the course is divided into eight (8) modules, with two modules per historical period. Each module will span a period of two (2) weeks to give enough time for participants to read and fully engage with the readings as well as key questions posed for each module.

You should start each module by carefully reading the material for that module which has been provided for you in the reader (also included on this website). After you have completed the reading for each module, you must pay attention to the key questions that have been posed for the relevant module.

  Modules Timeframe Assignment due dates
Late 1980s – mid 1990s 1: The political context: from liberation to accommodation?  Week 1 & 2 Assignment 1: end of week 4
2: The economic context: engaged realism or conscious retreat?  Week 3 & 4
Mid-1990s – early 2000s 3: Corporatizing state and society: theory, practice, consequence  Week 5 & 6 Assignment 2: end of week 8
4: The politics of class formation  Week 7 & 8
Early-late 2000s 5: The ANC-Alliance and the ‘management’ of South Africa’s transitional contradictions: A crisis of democracy and development?  Week 9 & 10 Assignment 3: end of week 12
6: The state, social movements and resistance from below  Week 11 & 12
2007 – present 7: Capital, labour and socio-political relations in conditions of crisis  Week 13 & 14 Assignment 4: end of week 16
8: Zuma, the rule of the ANC and the possibilities of change  Week 15 & 16


Course materials

The reader:

This course has an online platform (through this dedicated website), but hard copies of all required readings will also be provided to each participant for more effective practical engagement in the form of a printed reader. This reader contains all of the same course information as the website, including information about the course modules, the assignments, and all of the required readings.

You do not need to have access to a computer or the Internet to complete this course, because all of the required readings will be provided to you in the hard-copy printed reader.


The website:

The website for this course contains all of the information included in the reader, and all of the required readings are available for download as PDF documents.

The website also contains links to suggested additional and further readings and websites – these readings/websites are not compulsory for you to complete this course, but we have provided these suggested additional readings for you, so that once you have completed this course you can continue reading on your own.


This course will be assessed via a series of assignments which you need to submit at different times throughout the duration of the course. You will not be required to write an examination. All of the assignments can be completed by you at home.

You may submit your assignments via email, if you have typed your assignment on a computer. If you submit your assignment via email, send your assignment to the following email address:

Or you may submit your assignment in hand-written format, in neat and clear handwriting, on A4 paper to the course leaders (if you do not have access to a computer). If you submit a hand-written assignment, you send it via the postal service to R2K National Office, 41 Salt River Rd, Salt River, Cape Town or deliver it by hand to your closest R2K Office. (If you send your assignment via the postal service, you must post it early so that it has enough time to reach the course leaders before the due date).

You must submit your assignments on or before the due date for each assignment – late assignments will not be accepted. You need to submit all of the assignments in order to pass this course. See the course calendar for the due dates of each of the 4 assignments.

When you submit each assignment, please include the following at the top of the first page:

  • The assignment number (example: “Assignment 1”)
  • Your full name and surname.