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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse working class theories 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258099  Analyse working class theories 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Trade Unions 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
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 
The person credited with this Unit Standard is able to explain and analyse the nature of working class theories and their impact on society internationally and in South Africa. The learner will also be able to explain and make reference to the historical development of working class history and organisations and how they relate to each other. In addition, different approaches to the nature and potential for trade unions to further social transformation are compared.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Analysing the theoretical underpinnings of working class theories.
  • Analysing working class history and struggle.
  • Exploring the impact of working class theory on working class culture and organisation.
  • Analysing different views on the role of trade unions to advance working class theory. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is recommended that learners are competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse the theoretical underpinnings of working class theories. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Theories include but are not limited to Marxism, socialism, elitism, anarchism, revolutionary nationalism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles that underpin working class theories are described and analysed in terms of their influence on society. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A comparison of working class theories and other class theories is conducted to demonstrate points of intersection and diversion of these theories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influence of working class theories are analysed to determine their relevance as a tool of analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The influence of working class theories on trade unionism is explored in the context of Africa. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse working class history and struggle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of working class struggle in history is analysed to assess the extent of its contribution to the development of society. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key historical events of the labour movement are analysed to assess both their contribution to the working class struggle and towards developing strategies for the future. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Values and principles of working class history are explored and compared to contemporary unionism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The links between community and trade union organisation are explained with particular reference to apartheid South Africa and contemporary South Africa. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explore the impact of working class theory on working class culture and organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of working class culture is explained with examples which are historically contextualised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of working class culture are critically analysed to explore themes of power, solidarity, exploitation, education. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples includes but are not limited to poetry, songs, plays, art.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between working class culture and a socialist and capitalist mode of production are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relationship between working class culture and action is explored in terms of its influence on the trade union movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationship between working class culture and concepts related to working class theories are explored with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Analyse different views on the role of trade unions to advance working class theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different traditions in working class theories are analysed in terms of the potential of trade unions as organisations for social transformation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Traditions could include the writings of Marx, Lenin, Gramsci, anarchism, pan-Africanism, Black Consciousness.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different trade union institutions are analysed in terms of how they advance working class theories and practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least one trade union from each of the federations or independent unions in the country must be chosen.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Labour service organisations and social movements are analysed to demonstrate the extent to which they advance working class theories and practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Strategies that advance the interests of the working class are developed and analyse in terms of how they may be applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationship between trade unions and political parties is explored in terms of the extent to which they influenced each other. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of the competence described in this Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in the Exit Level Outcome of the Qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Working class theories.
  • Working class history and struggle.
  • The trade union movement of South Africa. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Comparing working class theories and other class theories. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Understand and interpret working class theories.
  • Distinguish between different theories.
  • Understand the key features of the South African trade union movement. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63369   National Diploma: Trade Union 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: 
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