Message from the Dean

As we embark on a journey in which we carve out a new identity for ourselves as a Namibia University of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Human Sciences shapeshifts into a new avatar. This a unique Faculty with a strong emphasis on communication and social sciences building a foundation to hold the edifice of our university. The Faculty is the soul of the university and the heartbeat of our students, because without language and communication, life is meaningless.

The Faculty of Human Sciences mainly aims at promoting personal and academic advancement of students through provision of quality education and training. We teach skills required in coping with the demands of the work place thus contributing towards sustainable national development. We believe in providing courses and programmes that are industry specific, career orientated and pertinent to the future in an environment that encourages learning and research both inside and outside the Namibia University of Science and Technology. There are three departments in my Faculty: Communication, Social Sciences, and, Education and Languages. All three departments offer both Bachelor and Bachelor honours programmes.

The Department of Communication offers a three year Bachelor of Communication programme and honours programme that is aimed at equipping students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in communication management and administration. Holders of these degrees will have communication skills that will enable them to effectively design, manage and evaluate communication processes that involve individuals, groups, organisations and the public. In addition, the department offers a three year Bachelor of English and an honours programme with a view to equipping students with excellent English language skills. Holders of these degrees will become good English teachers which is the need of the country at present, as well as work in the Ministry of Education as subject advisors, and in media houses, in publishing, etc. The department also offers a Bachelor and an honours programme in Journalism and Media technology to enable students to develop an understanding of how media are organised and operate in society. Both programmes ensure that students acquire the necessary skills to make them best in their profession.

The Department of Social Sciences is the prime provider of applied legal training in Namibia, offering courses and qualifications that are of internationally recognised academic standard. The department offers two Bachelor qualifications in Criminal Justice: Policing and Correctional Management to foster an understanding of professional policing, law enforcement and correctional management taking into consideration best practices internationally. The honours cater not only for the wider criminal justice systems in the SADC region, but also encourages in this area. Further, the department also offers Bachelor and Honours degrees in Public Management. Holders of this degree will work in regional councils, ministries and in the local government.

The Department of Education and Languages is composed of six different sections, each with their own focus. The department offers the institutional core which is Language in Practice as well as Computer User Skills for all Polytechnic students. The Basic Foreign Languages section of the department offers credit bearing courses in French, German, Portuguese and Spanish whilst the National and Foreign Languages section offers non-credit bearing short courses in different Namibian and foreign languages. The Technical and Vocational Education and Training section focuses on career-oriented education and the last section; which is the Writing Unit helps students improve their writing.

The strength of the programmes offered in the Faculty of Human Sciences lies in the fact that they are up to date and technology driven. Students acquire skills through work integrated learning and exposure to the industry. Students also have an opportunity to do research.

"The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it."
Dr Sarala Krishnamurthy
Dean, Faculty of Human Sciences

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