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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe the relevance of human rights and democratic practices in South African society 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119662  Describe the relevance of human rights and democratic practices in South African society 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 is for anyone who needs to understand the relevance of human rights and democratic practices in South African society, for application in a variety of human rights and democracy related activities.

People credited with this unit standard are capable of:
  • Describing the transformative significance of human rights and democratic practices;
  • Describing the role of the State in providing and promoting human rights and Democratic practices; and
  • Describing the role of other actors in providing and promoting human rights and democratic practices. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is recommended that learners are competent in the Unit Standard: "Demonstrate awareness of the foundations of human rights and democracy" before accessing this Unit Standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard should be seen in the light that human rights are not exclusive to democratic systems and that human rights refer to all generations of human rights, inclusive of socio-economic and development rights. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the transformative significance of human rights and democratic practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Descriptions outline and illustrate practically the transformative significance of foundational principles as human rights and democratic practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Descriptions should address all of the following foundational principles: redress, healing, reconciliation, individual and group development and economic and social development.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Descriptions highlight the way in which human rights and democratic values and principles impact on the practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • "Values" refer to: dignity, equality, social justice, peace, inclusivity, respect.
  • "Principals" refer to: Accountability, transparency, rule of law, individual and group development.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Examples are provided to highlight the implications of the absence of human rights and democratic practices in society. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least 3 historical, current or hypothetical examples, one of which covers a development context.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the role of the State in providing and promoting human rights and democratic practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The role of local government, provincial government and national government. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Descriptions identify the structures that provide and promote human rights and democratic practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Descriptions outline the role of the State in promoting, protecting and monitoring of human rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Examples illustrate successes and failures by the State in providing and promoting human rights and democratic practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least 2 examples for each of the 3 spheres of government.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Descriptions highlight the way in which the interaction and separation between the various spheres of government impacts on the provision and promotion of human rights and democratic practices. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the role of other actors in providing and promoting human rights and democratic practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    "Other actors" refers to civil society, institutes identified in Chapter 9 of the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights, the corporate sector, trade unions, faith-based organizations, individuals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Descriptions identify the structures that provide and promote human rights and democratic practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Descriptions outline the role of the various actors in promoting, protecting and monitoring of human rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Examples illustrate successes and failures by the various actors in providing and promoting human rights and democratic practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least 2 examples for at least 3 of the various actors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Descriptions highlight the way in which the interaction between the various actors impact on the provision and promotion of human rights and democratic practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Descriptions highlight the way in which the interaction between the various actors and the state impacts positively and negatively on the provision and promotion of human rights and democratic practices. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • This Unit Standard will be assessed by an assessor and moderated by a moderator, registered with the relevant accredited ETQA responsible for the quality assurance of this Unit Standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate quality assuring ETQA, or Learning Programme approval with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the quality assuring ETQA.
  • Verification (external moderation) of assessment and moderation by the provider, will be conducted by the relevant quality assuring ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant Qualification and the agreed ETQA policy and procedures.
  • An individual wishing to be assessed through RPL against this Unit Standard, may apply to an assessment agency or provider institution accredited by the relevant quality assuring ETQA, or by an ETQA that has a formal agreement/accreditation with the relevant quality assuring 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 the relevance 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 transformative significance of human rights and the impact of various structures. 

    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 lawyers.
  • 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
    Core  49836   Further Education and Training Certificate: Gender Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Core  57428   Further Education and Training Certificate: Youth Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  50583   National Certificate: Public Service Communication  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  58761   Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  67373   National Diploma: Orientation and Mobility Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  ETDP SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Ayaba Consultants (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Enjo Consultants 
    3. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
    4. Teachers Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Zuzulwazi Development 



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