The Department of Afrikaans at UP focuses on the way in which language makes meaning possible, how one understands oneself and the world around one, and how one gives meaning to one’s existence. The way in which one gives meaning to the world is examined through the study of language and literature. This study, as is always the case when experiencing art, is satisfying and fun on the one hand, while it supplies one with tools to critically examine the way in which meaning is created on the other hand.
While the study of the Afrikaans language and literature therefore contributes to the broad creative foundation of the humanities, which is important for any career, it also offers one a very specific view of the world in the context of a language which originated at the southern point of Africa.
Tuks Camerata gets high recognition - 07/03/2014
Michael Barrett, composer and conductor of the University of Pretoria’s 71-member Tuks Camerata student choir, has been paid the high compliment of having one of his works published by the biggest international distributor of choral music.
Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution - 05/03/2014
On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.
Research on the use of information and communication technologies - 27/02/2014
A pilot study was conducted by Prof Felicite Fairer-Wessels of the Tourism Management Division amongst selected non-profit visitor information centres (VIC) to determine whether the information managers have sufficient knowledge management capabilities in terms of tacit or explicit knowledge, the knowledge management information life cycle and knowledge management assets in terms of organisational processes.