School of Applied Human Sciences

The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Gender-Based Violence: A Global Review

July 2, 2020
Around the world, there has been concern about the rise in the number of gender-based violence (GBV) cases as governments have placed their citizens under lockdown to avoid the spread of COVID-19. According to the United Nations Policy Brief (2020) on COVID-19, GBV is increasing exponentially due to economic and...
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Criminologists Publish Research on the Role and Place of COVID-19 as an Outbreak of Cyber-Crime Vector

July 2, 2020
Dr Sogo Angel Olofinbiyi and Professor Shanta Balgobind Singh of the Department of Criminology and Forensic Studies’ article on the novel coronavirus as an outbreak of cyber-crime vector has been published in the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology
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Ramaphosa Depicted as a Saint while NDZ Vilified in Online Press – Research Finding

June 3, 2020
PhD research shows Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gets rough treatment from online press in stark contrast to President Cyril Ramaphosa who is the electronic media’s darling.
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Prof. Ernest Nene Khalema

Acting 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.

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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.
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.
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.
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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