Welcome to the School of Applied Human Sciences

The School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS) was formed in 2012 as a result of the amalgamation of four programmes: Criminology, Psychology, The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS), and Social Work.

Psychology is located on both the Pietermaritzburg and Howard College campuses, and the rest of the programmes are based on the Howard College campus. The vision of the School is to be an institution of excellence in providing African-centred and innovative research, teaching and human service interventions that contribute to the global understanding of the human condition in all its manifestations. The mission is to establish the School as a destination of choice for students and scholars seeking a deeper understanding of Media and Health Communication (CCMS), Criminology, Psychology and Social Work models informed by African and other indigenous perspectives; while remaining cognizant of the internationalization imperative;

The School offers a range of exciting professional and general degree programmes at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

The four year Social Work programme leads to registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions as a professional social worker.

The Psychology programme offers general as well as structured (focused) degrees at the undergraduate level. Upon completion of the Honours programme, students can choose amongst a range of specializations at the Masters level, such as Educational Psychology, Health Promotion, Counselling Psychology, Industrial or Organizational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Research Psychology, and Research Ethics, most of which lead to registration as a psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) is the premier African graduate research facility specializing in public health and development communication, political economy and history of media and in cultural tourism studies. Its graduates have attained high office in African media and cultural industries, in academia, and in state agencies and NGOs.

Likewise, the Criminology and Forensic Studies programme offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate training with a strong emphasis in Victimology and Corrections. Students attain practical experience through the School’s links with the Criminal Justice system. All programmes offer training up to doctoral level. The staff are involved in a range of exciting research projects amongst which are race, gender and identity; research ethics including the ethics of HIV clinical trials; African indigenous knowledge systems including African approaches to peace building; child development; inclusive education; child abuse and neglect; child trafficking and social justice; psychology and spirituality; wellness in the workplace; and primary health care.

Centers within the School of Applied Human Sciences

Prof. Mkhize
mkhize@ukzn.ac.za
 031 260 2006
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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS). The School was formed in 2012 as a result of the amalgamation of four programmes: 

Psychology is located on both the Pietermaritzburg and Howard College campuses with the rest of the programmes based on the Howard College campus. The School has produced eminent scholars and leaders of note over the years, including Professor Adrian Furnham, who has authored more than 1000 scientific papers and 70 books; the current Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, and  A-rated scientist, Professor Linda Richter.
 
The School has a number of collaborations and partnerships with universities in Africa and the rest of the world while staff are involved in cutting edge interdisciplinary research projects which have attracted funding from major donors such as the Wellcome Trust, the NIH, CDC, NRF Blue Skies, The Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, UNICEF-USAID, and the SA Department of Health. Our degrees are recognised internationally and many of our graduates hold important portfolios in South Africa, the rest of Africa and abroad.
 
The School has established itself as a destination of choice for students and researchers interested in the social and cultural aspects of health, illness, and health communication.
 

Vision and Mission of the School

The vision of the School is to be an institution of excellence providing African-centred and innovative research, teaching and human service interventions which contribute to the global understanding of the human condition in all its manifestations. The mission is to establish the School as a destination of choice for students and scholars seeking a deeper understanding of Media and Health Communication, Criminology & Forensic Studies, Psychology and Social Work models informed by African and other indigenous perspectives, while remaining cognizant of the internationalisation imperative.
 

Degree Programmes

The School offers a range of exciting professional and general degree programmes at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. The four-year Social Work programme leads to registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions as a professional social worker. The Psychology programme offers general as well as structured (focused) degrees at the undergraduate level. Upon completion of the Honours programme, students can choose from a range of specialisations at Masters level, such as Educational Psychology, Health Promotion, Counselling Psychology, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Research Psychology, and Research Ethics. Most of these lead to registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a psychologist. The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) is the premier African graduate research facility specialising in public health and development communication, political economy and history of media and in cultural tourism studies. The Centre offers Honours, Masters and Doctoral programmes in Culture, Communication and Media Studies, with a particular focus on media and health communication.  Its graduates have attained high office in African media and cultural industries, in academia, and in state agencies and NGOs. Likewise, the Criminology and Forensic Studies programme offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate training with a strong emphasis on Victimology and Corrections. Students attain practical experience through the School’s links with the Criminal Justice system. All programmes offer training up to doctoral level.
 

Staff Interests

Staff are involved in a range of exciting research projects involving race, gender and identity; research ethics including the ethics of HIV clinical trials; community psychology and mental health; African Indigenous Knowledge Systems including African approaches to peace building; child development; inclusive education; child abuse and neglect; child trafficking and social justice; victimology, policing, psychology and spirituality; wellness in the workplace, and primary health care.


Thank you very much for your interest in the School of Applied Human Sciences. For further information about our degree programmes, please visit the links as indicated above.  

Sincerely

Prof N. Mkhize, PhD

Dean & Head: School of Applied Human Sciences

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  Events
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  • Center for Communication & Media Studies The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) is the Southern African region's premier graduate research and educational unit in media studies. The unit consists of both graduate and undergraduate components.

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    Center for Communication & Media Studies
  • Criminology and Forensic Studies This discipline area provides expert knowledge to deal effectively with crime, victimisation and conflict and to promote a democratic and just society with a human rights ethos as set out in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights and other relevant international legal frameworks and treaties.

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    Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Psychology The Discipline of Psychology has three distinct histories; Westville, Pietermaritzburg, and Durban. Today the Discipline is an amalgamation of these three departments, existing on two campuses (Howard College and Pietermaritzburg) and servicing courses on the Westville campus.

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    Psychology
  • Social Work Social Work is an internationally accepted profession recognized by the United Nations (UN) which hosts a special UN Social Work day every year. The Discipline of Social Work is affiliated with the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

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    Social Work
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