IsiZulu COVID-19 Children’s Book Authored by UKZN Team

March 18, 2021
Social Work lecturer Dr Maud Mthembu of the School of Applied Human Sciences led a team that wrote an isiZulu children’s book about COVID-19 titled: Uhambo lwami ngesikhathi sekhovithi - My journey during COVID-19.   The book uses illustrations and simple language to tell the story of Nsimu, a 10-year-old...
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Criminology Academics Problematise Gender-Based Violence during South Africa’s Lockdown

March 11, 2021
Criminology academics in UKZN’ School of Applied Human Sciences Professor Nirmala Gopal and Ms Nomakhosi Sibisi participated in the inaugural Annual International Symposium on Victim Assistance, Assisting Victims of Crime - Best Practices from Around the World. The virtual conference was hosted by the Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences....
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COVID-19 Special Recognition Virtual Awards Event

February 19, 2021
The School of Applied Human Sciences held a COVID-19 Special Recognition Awards virtual event to recognise efforts made by staff and encourage them further and inspire everyone in the School. Dean and Head of the School Professor Matshepo Matoane said: ‘During the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff have been forced to...
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Prof Matshepo Matoane

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: 

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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School Disciplines

Culture, Communication & Media Studies

CCMS offers a range of postgraduate degrees (Honours, MA, PHD) in the Southern African region’s premier graduate research and educational unit in CCMS ...

Criminology & 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 ...


The Discipline of Psychology has three distinct histories; Westville, Pietermaritzburg, and Durban. Today the Discipline is an amalgamation of these three departments ...

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 ...

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