School of Applied Human Sciences

Successful External Review for Criminology and Forensic Studies Major

November 15, 2018
A review of the undergraduate major, Criminology and Forensic Studies in the School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS) was completed successfully over a four-day period on UKZN’s Howard College campus.The review of the major is an institutional quality assurance process undertaken to evaluate all activities involved in curriculum renewal, management...
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Biological Parents’ Involvement in Informal Kinship Care Examined

October 19, 2018
Examining Maternal and Paternal Involvement as Promotive Factors of Competence in African American Children in Informal Kinship Care, was the topic of a lecture presented at UKZN by a social work academic from the University of North Carolina in the United States, Dr Tyreasa Washington.Addressing social work staff and students,...
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Social Work Academic Elected of Cape Mental Health Vice-President

October 4, 2018
Social Work lecturer, Professor Johannes John-Langba, has been elected Vice-President of Cape Mental Health (CMH), the oldest community-based mental health organisation in South Africa.CMH promotes mental health and the organisation’s various programmes and projects that help people to adjust to their disability, adapt to family and community life, and acquire coping skills...
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Prof. Jean Steyn

Dean & Head of School

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Welcome Message from the Dean

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS).

The School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is one of six schools within the College of Humanities (the University has four colleges), was established on the 1st of January 2012 with the amalgamation of four large and complementary applied scientific fields of study: [1] Culture, Communication and Media Studies; [2] Criminology and Forensic Studies; [3] Psychology; and [4] Social Work.

The School also has several renowned hubs of excellence, clinics, and strategic thinking groups. The School has three beautiful learning sites within the Zulu Kingdom (parallel, within relative terms, to the Indian Ocean [warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches]), namely, Howard College Campus (near the great metropolitan City of Durban), Westville Campus (also City of Durban), and Pietermaritzburg Campus (City of Pietermaritzburg [capital of the KwaZulu-Natal Province within the Republic of South Africa]). Through core values and a culture of – respect, excellence, accountability, client centeredness, honesty and trust – the School (along with numerous formal and informal partners on all seven continents) is globally recognised for its inspired greatness in service, research, teaching and learning, community engagement, and internationalisation. The School’s academic and support staff can in many ways be described as the best of the best in their specialities. All the School’s professional qualifications are fully accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and the South African Council for Social Service Professions, and prepares successful candidates for professional registration (multiple categories) and the ethical and empowered practice thereof. Our student cohort (first year to doctorate), from all over the World, are critically engaged with society. Our alumni (Culture, Communication and Media Studies specialists; criminologists and criminal justice practitioners; psychologists; and social workers) are distinctly sought after. The future today the African way.

Top Stories

November 15, 2018
A review of the undergraduate major, Criminology and Forensic Studies in the School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS) was completed...
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October 19, 2018
Examining Maternal and Paternal Involvement as Promotive Factors of Competence in African American Children in Informal Kinship Care, was the...
Read More
October 4, 2018
Social Work lecturer, Professor Johannes John-Langba, has been elected Vice-President of Cape Mental Health (CMH), the oldest community-based mental health organisation...
Read More

Our Disciplines

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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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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Criminology
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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Centre for Communication, Media & Society
CCMS offers a range of postgraduate degrees (Honours, MA, PHD) in the Southern African region’s premier graduate research and educational unit in Culture, Communication and Media Studies
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