College of Human Sciences

Decolonise art history

Using examples of artworks by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck - two famous Flemish artists of the seventeenth century - Unisa's Prof Bernadette Van Haute explores the ways in which artists visualised intercultural encounters. Read more

Ugu Deputy Mayor Mthiyane now a proud Unisan

Citing the achievement as one of her life’s biggest milestones, the Deputy Mayor of the Ugu District Municipality, Councillor Phumlile Happiness Mthiyane, recently graduated at Unisa. Read more

What drives the election narrative?

The analysts' point of view emerged at a Political Sciences pre-election seminar at Unisa. Read more

New head of IGS shares expertise on gender-based violence

The national Department of Women invited Unisa's Prof Nokuthula Mazibuko to the launch of its public hearings in Atteridgeville. Read more

Dynamic Unisan among SA's most influential

Lefatshe Moagi, a Political Sciences lecturer, has been listed among Avance Media's Top 100 Most Influential Young South Africans. Read more

Thanks, NSFAS!

Isaac Mpho Mothiba is a proud Unisa alumnus - thanks to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, his loving grandmother and a supportive lecturer. Read more

On the psychology of student support and retention

Unisa's Dr Fortunate Silinda hopes that her research will highlight where postgraduates need help when writing their dissertations and theses in a distance-learning environment. Read more

South Africa doesn't have enough women in foreign policy. Why it matters

Unisa's Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk says the policy-making process, policy content and environment, and the implementation process is still dominated by men. This raises questions about the continued influence of male-focused structures and cultures in the ruling party, the executive and DIRCO. Read more

But is it drinkable - or not?

Unisa's Suvania Naidoo, winner of the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Research, was part of a group that presented a workshop at Water Show Africa. She says that conflicting perceptions of water quality are a result of vested interests that vary according to the group of stakeholders, their professional stance and use for water. Read more

From explicit to implicit attitudes to accents

Professor Pedro Álvarez-Mosquera of the University of Salamanca, Spain, a research fellow in Unisa's Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, presented his observations on the linguistic landscape of South Africa at a departmental colloquium. Read more