School of Applied Human Sciences

UKZN hosts Peace and Security-Fourth Industrial Revolution Conference

October 18, 2019
UKZN’s School of Applied Human Sciences, the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA)hosted the Peace and Security-Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Conference in Durban.
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UKZN Psychology students visit healing village in KZN

October 18, 2019
Psychology Honours students undertook a fieldtrip to Umsamo Institute, the healing village in Greytown owned by renowned healer, author and poet Dr Velaphi Mkhize. They gained practical experience of the work done in caring for patients who present with different mental illnesses and disorders, including the consultation procedure as well as the different people involved.
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Decade of Learning with Same Lecturer for Two Graduates

September 13, 2019
PhD graduates at UKZN have been fortunate to have one of their lecturers teach them from their first year at undergraduate level through to the completion of their doctorates.
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Professor Nirmala Gopal.

Prof. Nirmala Gopal

Acting Dean & Head of School

Gopal@ukzn.ac.za
031 260 7896

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.

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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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