Faculty of Social Science

The Social Sciences Faculty

ABOUT The Social Sciences Faculty


Social sciences is, in its broadest sense, the study of interaction between communities and people’s behaviour, as well as how that influences the world around us. The focus of social sciences goes beyond our immediate experiences, and can help explain how our own societies function – from the causes of unemployment or factors that underpin economic growth, to why people think it is important to vote, or what makes people happy etc. It provides vital insights for governments, policymakers, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and others.

We inspire students to dream big and to believe in their ability to achieve!

Head of Faculty

NKULULEKO LINGANISA

I am the head of the Social Sciences faculty. My educational background includes Bachelor of laws, Bachelor of Social Sciences, and NQF Level 5 in Exports and Imports management and administration. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in administrative law.

DINESHREE PADAYACHEE

Job title: Senior Academic Adviser
Qualification: BA in Psychology (Psychological counselling)

Bio:

I have a BA degree in Psychology, specialising in Psychological Counselling. My working experience includes customer services, Logistics, Warehousing, Retail, NGO and Marketing.

The most beneficial part of my job is assisting a student who initially thought there was no solution to their problem. Interacting with students from different walks of life is challenging but interesting.

SINENHLANHLA NKOMO

Job title: Academic Adviser
Qualification: BTech in Tourism, and National Diploma in Ecotourism

Bio: 
I am passionate about tourism and have gained experience within various spectrums of the industry. I have also grown to have versatile capabilities that enabled me to become a competent academic adviser.

ZAMALINDA DIMBA

Job title: Academic Adviser
Qualification: BA Environmental Planning & Development Studies
Bio: I have worked at Statssa in various community surveys whereby community participation was a vital key in completing these surveys. I believe community development and environmental awareness are the key elements of social development and socio-economic reconstruction.

Joining the Academic Advising Centre has been a learning curve for me. It has given me an opportunity and platform to share my passion and knowledge for community work and sustainable development.

NALEDI NZAMA

Job title: Academic Adviser
Qualification: Bachelor of Social Science degree in Political Science and Legal Studies
Bio: I have a passion for education and enjoyed lecturing at Damelin for 3 years. I thrive on the realisation that academic advising is also meant to connect people with their own sense of possibility for their future. Being part of a career shaping moment for someone, and helping realise his or her dreams also inspires me. As a result, of my passion in the field, I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Laws degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is social science?
Social science is, in its broadest sense, the study of society and the manner in which people behave and influence the world around us. Social science tells us about the world beyond our immediate experience, and can help explain how our own society works – from the causes of unemployment or what helps economic growth, to how and why people vote, or what makes people happy. It provides vital information for governments and policymakers, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and others.

What skills are offered by this faculty?
The faculty develops a range of skills and capabilities which are valuable at all levels of social relations. Through courses offered in this faculty a student’s level of awareness of surrounding socio-political circumstances is raised. These skills include • Interpersonal and communication skills • Logical and analytical thinking • Problem solving abilities • Team working • researching.

What career opportunities are there?
Career options available in social science include: economics, geography, psychology, law, politics, and sociology. Typical areas which employ graduates from this faculty are: • business sector • Local government • Media • Politics • Teaching and Lecturing • Research institutes.