The Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria is a leading teaching and research centre on social transformation in South Africa. Its academic staff members are involved in various research projects and a number of their publications have won international awards from organisations such as the American Sociological Association and the International Labour History Association.
The Department of Sociology offers sociology at the undergraduate level, as well as post-graduate programmes at the honours, Master’s and doctoral levels in (i) sociology, (ii) industrial sociology and labour studies, and (iii) gender studies.
In the media:
Read an article on the implications of wild cat strikes in the mining industry for South Africa's industrial relations dispensation by Professors Sakhela Buhlungu and Andries Bezuidehout in City Press.
We are proud to announce the publication of a new book, co-edited by Professor Sakhela Buhlungu from the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria and Dr Malehoko Tshoaedi from the Department of Sociology at the University of South Africa. The book draws on a survey of members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in order to make sense of changes that have been taking place in this labour federation. The book's title is "COSATU's Contested Legacy: South African Tade Unions in the Second Decade of Democracy" and is published in South Africa by HSRC Press and internationally by Brill. It brings together chapters with detailed analyses by a number of South Africa's top labour movement scholars.
Bumper crop of master’s degrees:
It has been a year of non-stop celebration given the number of master’s degrees that were awarded by the Department. Three of our staff members completed their Master’s dissertations this year. Vangile Bingma’s study, ‘Male early high school leaving in Orange Farm: a hidden epidemic’ is located in the sociology of education field and focused on young men in Orange Farm who left school early. Mpho Mmadi and Splagchna Chikarara both worked in the industrial sociology sector, with Mpho’s study, ‘Mobile Workplace: Community and Family Life of Taxi Drivers’, examining the mobile work place of taxi drivers. Splagchna’s study, Professionals 'gleaning' at the margins: the workplace integration of Zimbabwean engineers in the public sector of the construction industry in Pretoria and Johannesburg, comprised an investigation into Zimbabwean engineers’ interaction with and integration into the workforce in the construction industry in South Africa. Vangile and Splagchna were supervised by Professor Janis Grobbelaar, the Head of the Department, and Mpho by Professor Andries Bezuidenhout.
In addition, six more students managed to get their dissertations in the bag. So we are doffing our caps to:
Carolé Cilliers – ‘Asserting rights: HIV-positive mothers accessing primary health care in Tshwane Metro’ (Supervisor: Charles Puttergill);
Elizabeth Mkandawire – ‘Socialisation of Malawian women and the negotiation of safe sex’ (Supervisor: Charles Puttergill);
Tendai Patience Motsi, – ‘Perceptions of Zimbabwean migrants in Gauteng on “returning home” and “rebuilding the country”’ (supervisor: Charles Puttergill);
Shadrack Temba Mzangwa – ‘Perceptions of grievance and disciplinary procedures: a study of a union’s members at a tertiary institution’ (supervisor: Charles Puttergill);
Charlotte Sutherland – ‘Afrikaner student identity in post-apartheid South Africa: A case study’ (supervisor: Janis Grobbelaar).
Tau Tawengwa – ‘The social functions of religion in a Charismatic church in Pretoria: a case study’ (supervisor: Janis Grobbelaar).
Official launch of the National Biodiversity and Business Network - 21/05/2013
The National Biodiversity and Business Network of South Africa was officially launched at the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences (GIBS) in Sandton on 15 May 2013.
The University of Pretoria was represented by Dr Claudious Chikozho and Ms Anesu Makina, both from Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL), as well as Prof Don Cowan from FABI.
Open Day was a success! - 21/05/2013
I am pleased to inform you that I received many messages conveying positive feedback on the UP Open Day 2013. I was especially pleased about comments that the UP team of staff, students and volunteers was especially helpful and friendly.
My heartfelt appreciation to all who contributed to a positive experience for parents, prospective students, families, school principals and teachers. I encourage you to keep up the good work. Open Day is an important event for the University for attracting good students, and for broadly enhancing the reputation and status of the University.
World Kangaroo Mother Care Day celebrated by final year students - 21/05/2013
Staff and students from the Department of Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria are involved in one of the most important evidence-based interventions for preterm and low birth weight babies in the world.
The final year students are participating in Kalafong Hospital as audiologists and speech-language therapists in this very effective neonatal method to care for preterm and low birth weight babies.
TuksGolf Training Centre officially opened at the University of Pretoria - 17/05/2013
The University of Pretoria prides itself on its publicly recognised achievements pertaining to its various sporting fraternities. These achievements can be attributed to the University’s sporting facilities, which are of the highest quality among South African universities. To add to its quality achievements, the University of Pretoria, through TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc), has now officially opened a golf training centre.