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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand and apply knowledge of African Traditional Religion 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117322  Understand and apply knowledge of African Traditional Religion 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Religious Studies and Multi-Religion Education 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Religious and Ethical Foundations of Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
To enable learners to know and understand traditional African religion and its contemporary demographical status from a socio-historical, non-theological point of view. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
This Unit Standard is aimed at an intermediate level of knowledge and understanding, and forming of a well-formed and systematic knowledge base. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand and respect African Traditional Religion. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Communicate, explain and discuss the religion while exhibiting the social skills of courtesy, civility, respect, tact and thoughtfulness. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Use appropriate terminology to convey information, ideas and insights. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Discuss African Religion without using any pejorative language or attitudes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
With guidance, distance themselves from prior knowledge and knowledge in texts, reflect on it and take a critical position to it. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Explain the differences in interpretation that emerge when African traditional religion is analysed in various ways. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Distinguish between the perspectives of followers and non-followers. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Indicate how different methods of study and research lead to different results. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Explanations will reflect an acceptance of a multiplicity of 'correct' interpretations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Select an appropriate method for a given project. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Explain and evaluate the traditional beliefs of a variety of African peoples. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
E.g. San, Zulu, Bawenda, Yoruba. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Access and communicate information on the major beliefs and the relevant variations on these. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
On e.g. transcendence, the ultimate goal of the beliefs, the nature of humankind, epistemology.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Indicate how changes in the belief system have at times been derived from extra-religious factors. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Identify unresolved topics of debate between sub-groups. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Articulate his/her own position on the belief system, with confidence. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Classify, analyse and integrate information on the rituals, myths and celebrations of African Traditional Religion and explain how these do or do not reflect the main features of its belief system. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Access information and describe the main rituals, festivals and myths of the specific religious system, if any. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Indicate how these rituals, festivals and myths are relevant to the followers of the specific religious system at the time of their origin, and how they figure in the lives of the followers of the specific religious system today. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Engage in observation of rituals and festivals and communicate this effectively 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Collect, describe and evaluate information on the role of ethics in African Traditional Religion. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Identify the source(s) of ethics in African Traditional Religion. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Outline the practices connected with various life stages of individuals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Explicate the code of conduct for both lay and specialist followers. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
E.g. sangomas, herbalists, etc.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Reflect on the implications of the ethics of African Traditional Religion may have for their personal ethical beliefs and conduct. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Interpret the contribution of African Traditional Religion ethics to local and global cultures. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Integrate information on religious experience in African Traditional Religion into a body of knowledge on African Traditional Religion. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Describe, analyse and explain the role of the traditional diviner/healer. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Reflect on the relation between religious experience in African Traditional Religion and his/her personal experience. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts
    Exploring education and career opportunities 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Identification of problems using critical and creative thinking 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself responsibly and effectively 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and evaluating information 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using language skills in oral and written forms 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understanding of the world as a set of related systems 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard is intentionally not linked to any qualification. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  67509   Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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