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Department of Social Work & Criminology

Welcome to the Department of Social Work and Criminology

Social work and criminology deal with the impact of social problems that emerge from people’s interaction with their environment. Social problems, such as crime, child abuse, and HIV and AIDS, affect people of all socio-economic spheres and of all age groups. Our department is committed to train students, conduct research and engage in community activities in order to respond to the constantly changing needs of different groups in society.

 

 

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Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
From Department of Social Work & Criminology

In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.

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