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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate awareness of the foundations of human rights and democracy in South Africa 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123432  Demonstrate awareness of the foundations of human rights and democracy in South Africa 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Democracy, Human Rights, Peace and Elections 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Public Policy, Politics and Democratic Citizenship 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
This Unit Standard will be useful for all people, and in particular those practitioners for whom human rights issues underpin their activities.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Identifying examples of violations of human rights currently and within recent history.
  • Identifying key events that influenced the development of human rights and democracy in South Africa.
  • Demonstrating awareness of the relevance of the Constitution in promoting human rights.
  • Describing human rights and democratic principles and values in South Africa. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The term 'foundations' is used to refer to key issues and events upon which human rights and democracy are built, as well as the founding documents. As part of this, learners are required to identify examples of violations of human rights as human rights and democratic principles and values are in some ways a response to such violations.

    For the purposes of this Unit Standard, references to 'the Constitution" refers to the South African Constitution. Learners should have access to a copy of the South African Constitution. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify examples of violations of human rights currently and within recent history. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Current examples refer to the democratic era.
  • Recent history refers to the last 50 years of the pre-democratic era.
  • Two examples for each era are required. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Historical violations identified reveal the ways in which they highlighted the need to address human rights violations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Historical violations identified reveal the ways in which they contributed towards the development of human rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Links are shown between violations and corresponding responses that promoted the development of human rights and related legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Current violations are identified and reveal the continued relevance of human rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Current violations reveal the diversity of interpretations in relation to human rights. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify key events that influenced the development of human rights and democracy in South Africa. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    At least 5 events spread across the twentieth century. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Events identified reveal the ways in which the events highlighted the need for change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Events identified reveal the ways in which the events contributed towards the development of human rights and democracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Links are shown between repressive events and corresponding responses that promoted the development of human rights. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate awareness of the relevance of the Constitution in promoting human rights. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Key elements refers to the chapters of the Constitution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Descriptions are provided to show the status and power of the Constitution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key elements of the Constitution that support human rights and democracy are identified in terms of their purpose and functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Descriptions are provided to show how the Constitution addresses human rights violations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Descriptions are provided to show how the Constitution promotes human rights. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe human rights and democratic principles and values in South Africa. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    As contained in the preamble of the Constitution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Human rights is defined in a way that is consistent with the Bill of Rights and/or international conventions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Descriptions of the principles and values of human rights are consistent with the preamble. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Descriptions of the principles and values of human rights are contextualised within own experience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Principles and values are linked to their development through key events and examples of violations within South Africa. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Two principles and two values for each of human rights and democratic governance are described.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessors for this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the appropriate ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Foundations of human rights and democracy. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills: communication will be used when demonstrating knowledge of various aspects of human rights. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of inter-related parts of a system: this will be demonstrated in when showing the impact of past events and conditions on the development of human rights, and the effect of human rights abuses. 

    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 
    Glossary and Abbreviations:
  • CEDAW: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
  • CERD: International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
  • CRC: Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • ICCPR: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  • ICESCR: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
  • Bill of Rights: A list of rights and freedoms for people in a country/countries. It can be part of the law of the country.
  • Charter: A document outlining the principles, functions, and organization of a corporate body: a constitution: the city charter.
  • Common Law: A body of law that is based on custom and general principles and embodied in case law and that serves as a precedent or is applied to situations not covered by statute.
  • Constitution: A constitution contains the rules and principles according to which a country is governed.
  • Convention: An agreement between nations for regulation of maters affecting all of them.
  • Covenant: A binding agreement; a compact. A formal sealed agreement or contract. An international covenant on Human Rights.
  • Declaration: An explicit, formal announcement, either oral or written.
  • Developmental rights: "A decent standard of living, adequate nutrition, health care, education and decent work and protection against calamities are not just development goals - they are also human rights". (Human Development Report 2000)

    OR

    The right of people/a group of people to have their culture recognised or to advance themselves politically or economically.
  • Law: A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority. The body of rules and principles governing the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority; a legal system: international law.
  • Legislation: The act or process of legislating; lawmaking. A proposal or enacted law or group of laws.
  • Legislature: An officially elected or otherwise selected body of people vested with the responsibility and power to make laws for a political unit, such as a state or nation.
  • Mechanism: A system of parts that operate or interact like those of a machine. A process by which something is done or comes into being.
  • Organ: A government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function; "the SAPS is an organ of the government of the South Africa".
  • Paralegal: A person with specialized training who assists communities in accessing legal advice and related services.
  • Petition: A formal document requesting a right or benefit from a person or group in authority.
  • Preamble: A preliminary statement, especially the introduction to a formal document that serves to explain its purpose. The introductory part of a constitution or statute that usually states the reasons for and intent of the law.
  • Principle: A basic truth, law or assumption: the principles of democracy. A rule or standard.
  • United Nations: An international organization composed of most of the countries of the world. It was founded in 1945 to promote peace, security, and economic development.
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Is intended to be an international standard for the protection of Human Rights. Not directly or indirectly enforceable, and creates no legal obligations for the signatories. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49197   Further Education and Training Certificate: Social Housing Supervision  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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