School of Applied Human Sciences

Humanities academic talks stress and self-care at McCord Hospital

December 2, 2019
Social Work academic Professor Johannes John-Langba delivered a talk on stress, burnout and self-care to health and social care professionals at McCord Provincial Eye Hospital’s Employee Wellness Day.
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Social Work Academic Wins prestigious awards at ICOSS Conference

December 2, 2019
Social Work lecturer Dr Sibonsile Zibane received awards for Best Overall Presentation and Session's Best Presentation at the 6th International Conference on Social Sciences (ICOSS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Zibane also walked away with four certificates, two gold medals and gold club membership of The International Institute of Knowledge Management.
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Best Research Paper for Social Work academic at National Doctoral Conference

December 2, 2019
Social Work lecturer Ms Thembelihle Makhanya received an award for the best research paper at the Annual National Doctoral Conference (ANDC) in Gauteng. The conference was organised by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) under the theme, Building and Dynamising the Humanities and Social Sciences.
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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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