School of Social Sciences

  School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences is in the cutting edge of training leading social scientists who contribute greatly in the provision of much sought leadership locally, regionally and nationally. The University of Limpopo is located in the rural area and this place the School in a strategic position to ameliorate problems of poverty and under-development through the use of locally developed resources. The programmes delivered by the school have been crafted in response to the needs of the university’s immediate environment as well as national imperatives.

Vision
The School of Social Sciences aspires to be an “innovative premier school for Afrocentric advancement of social and human development”.

Mission
In order to give effect to the vision of the School of Social Sciences, the School develops well-grounded and critical graduates for our communities through:

  • Academic excellence in teaching and learning;
  • Enhanced research, and postgraduate output;
  • Improved community and stakeholder engagement; and
  • Good corporate governance

The School offers high-quality education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a variety of fields, and has a substantial research profile. Our graduates are equipped with the skills of critical thinking, effective communication, and social responsiveness; and they have the ability to interact well in contexts of social diversity. They also have successful careers in the fields of Psychology, Social Work, Community Development, Cultural and Knowledge Management, Politics, Teaching, consultancy to mention just a few.

At undergraduate level The Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) offers four streams, namely:

  • Criminology and Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology

We also offer two professional degrees, namely: Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work, as well as an exciting range of postgraduate programmes at Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels.

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Students and staff engage in discipline specific as well as interdisciplinary research. There is a substantial research collection which is reflected in the broad range of peer reviewed publications by staff and students in the SSS. There are rich possibilities for field-work in the neighbouring communities as part of research and community engagement. We take pride in serving the people of the Limpopo Province and the world through the discovery, creation and application of knowledge.   The knowledge is disseminated through teaching, publication, and through community engagement. We are also dedicated to the belief that the breadth and depth of exposure offered by the SSS prepares our students for success in a world in which the one constant is change.
We invite you to enrol for your studies in one of the most dynamic Schools in South Africa.

  School of Social Sciences Programmes

The following degrees and diplomas are offered in the School

Academic Degrees

Bachelor of Arts BA

Bachelor of Arts Honours BA (Hons)

Masters of Arts MA

Doctor of Philosophy PhD

Professional Degrees

Bachelor of Psychology B Psyc

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work BA SW

Bachelor of Social Work BSW

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community

Police Management BAHons (COPM)

Masters of Arts in Community Police

Management MA (COPM)

Doctor of Philosophy in Community

Police Management PhD (COPM)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Corrections

Management BAHons (CORM)

Masters of Arts in Corrections

Management MA (CORM)

Doctor of Philosophy in Corrections

Management PhD (CORM)

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology MA (PSYC)

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  School of Social Sciences Entry Requirements

School Of Social Sciences Admission Requirements

The School is guided by the General Rules of the University and the Faculty.

Bachelors degree

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Grade 12 Senior Certificate with university exemption is required for admission.
  • Students could be admitted through recognition of prior learning (RPL).
  • Admission into the School will be according to the following Admission Point Score (APS):

+27 (0) 15 268 2601 / 2117

School

Possible Career
Opportunities

Years of Study

Required Subjects

Mathematics OR Mathematical Literacy

English

Four (4) Additional subjects

One (1) Additional Language

APS

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Bachelor of Arts

  • Cultural Officer
  • Records Officer
  • Knowledge Management
    Officer
  • Community Development
    Officer
  • History Teacher

3

2
(30-39%)
OR
4
(50-59%)

4
(50-59%)

4
(50-59%)

4
(50-59%)

22/24

 

Possible Career
Opportunities

Years of Study

Required Subjects

Mathematics OR Mathematical Literacy

English

Four (4)
Additional subjects

APS

 Bachelor of Social Work               

  • Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Employee Assistance
    Practitioner (EAP)

4

2
(30-39%)
OR
4
(50-59%)

4
(50-59%)

4
(50-59%)

22/24

Bachelor of Psychology

  • Psychometrist
  • Counsellor: (Trauma)
  • Employee Assistance
    Practitioner (EAP)
  • Counsellor (guidance)

4

2
(30-39%)
OR
4
(50-59%)

4
(50-59%)

4
(50-59%)

22/24

The minimum requirement for Mathematics is level 2 and Mathematical Literacy is level 4

PLEASE NOTE

  • Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Bachelor of Psychology degrees is subject to a written selection test.
  • Life orientation is not part of the four additional subjects.

  School of Social Sciences Departments

 

Sociology and Anthropology

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Cultural and Political Studies

Psychology

Social Work

  School of Social Sciences contact

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professor

CJ Moolman: D Litt et Phil (UNISA)

Associate Professor

C J Roelofse : PhD (UL)

Senior Lecturer

CE Oliver: D Litt et Phil (UNISA)

Lecturers

DL Kgosimore: MA (UL)

KA Mothibi: MA (UL)

TO Magadze: MA (UNIVEN)

Tutor

O. Chabalala: MA (UL)

Department of Cultural and Political Studies

History and Folklore Studies 

Associate Professor    

SC Mokgoatšana: D.Litt et Phil (UNISA)

Part-Time Lecturer

MW Maepa: MA (UP)

Political Science and Philosophy

Senior Lecturer               

BM Rathethe: D.Litt.et. Phil (UNISA)

Lecturers          

G. Matheba: M.Phil (NWU); MA (Monterei Institute for International StudieCalifornia, USA)

CEA Larkin: MA HDE. PG (Sec) (UCT)

K.B. Shai: MA (UNIVEN)

Department of Psychology

Professor

TA-B Mashego: Ph.D (Psych) (UL);

Associate Professor 

T Sodi: PhD (Psych) (UCT)

KA Nel, PhD (Psyc) (UNIZULU)

Senior Lecturers    

S Moripe: DTh (UDW)

IM Ramokgopa: Ph.D. (Psych) (RAU)

Lecturers

S Govender: MA (Res.) (UDW)

S Mashegoane: MA (Clinic. Psych) (WITS)

MB Setwaba: MA (Clinic. Psych) (UL)

Dr N Lesolang PhD (Psyc) (UL)

Ms Mathivha MA (Psyc) (UL)

Mr SE Nkoana MSc (Psyc) (UL)

Department of Social Work

Associate Professor

SL Sithole: D.Phil (UP)

Senior Lecturer           

JC Makhubele PhD (NWU)

Lecturers                     

MR Manganye: MSW (UL)

DT Seloana: MSW (UP)

Field Instructor           

MP Dimo: BA (SW) (NWU)

Temporary Lecturer     

ML Malatji: MSW (UL)

Department of Sociology and anthropology

Sociology

Associate Professor   

PM Mokhahlane: D.Phil (VISTA)

Lecturers

A Baloyi: MA (UL)

 

TS Nyawasha M Soc (UFH)

 

Ms T.P Mona: MA (Sociology, UDW)

Tutor

E Chidi: BA Hons (UL)

Anthropology

Senior Lecturer           

PX Shilubane: D.Phil (UL)

Lecturers

MM Mabunda: MA (UL)

SA Rankoana: MA (UL)

F. Roodt: MA (UP)

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