The Criminology and Forensic Studies discipline within the School of Applied Human Sciences celebrated the success of three of their staff members who graduated with their PhDs from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. They were Dr Lawrence Musa Zondi, Dr Aden Dejene Tolla and Dr Siyanda Dlamini. Dr Zondi, conducted research on “Crime prevention: a criminological perspective
UKZN staffer and renowned South African filmmaker Mr Michael Hatton graduated with a masters in arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). With 20 years of experience in the film and television industry, Hatton is still passionate about film and based his study on new paradigms within South African cinema. ‘The choice to focus on
Research into the contentious #FeesMustFall movement earned Ms Mellisa Muchena a master of arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Muchena, a programme assistant in the culture section of UNESCO’s Southern African regional office for Southern Africa, said her research delved into ‘hashtag activism’, contributing to growing research on cyber activism.
Ms Kate Wilkinson graduated with a masters in arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) for her research that delved into the role of women within the superhero genre. ‘We are exposed to so many superhero films and television series nowadays –that even non superhero buffs are becoming interested by the genre and are watching
Ms Mathabo Duma graduated with her masters in arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for research that explored the engagement of students with brands on social media platforms. Duma’s aim was to find out if students engage with brands on social media platforms, mainly Facebook as the primary platform, and which were the popular brands
Displaying a passion for film and the film industry, Ms Vyonne Hohls focused her research on how women have been represented in Hollywood film musicals, earning her a masters in arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. With particular reference to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Nine (2009), Hohls looked at how film techniques such as editing, lighting, camera angles
Research on a Norwegian television show earned Mr Warwick Jones a cum laudefor his masters in arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Jones, who recently graduated, taught English in China. It was where he was introduced to the TV show by a roommate. ‘Moving to China allowed me to meet a myriad of different people from
Research into how a new form of technology contributes to the preservation of traditional forms of visual arts earned Mr Melikhaya Noqamza, a bachelor of Visual Arts (honours) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Noqamza, a staff member at the Centre for Visual Art (CVA), research delved into Augmented Reality (AR) – a relatively new technology
University of KwaZulu-Natal graduate, Ms Shannon Bennetts, created a short videogame that interprets the mental state of someone suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Bennetts graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts (honours) for her creation of the videogame that simulates an interpretation of the mental state of someone suffering from OCD.
Dr Shaaista Moosa graduated with a PhD in Education. Her research explored the need for male teachers within the Foundation Phase (FP) of schooling. She identified that in South Africa there was an underrepresentation of men as teachers of young children in FP schooling. ‘The country experiences many social difficulties which are often created, sustained