The functioning of the School of Social Sciences on both the Pietermaritzburg and Howard College (Durban) campuses – which are about 80km apart – is underpinned by the mission of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) which is: To be the Premier University of African Scholarship and provide leadership in African-Led Globalisation.
The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes in conflict transformation and peace studies, political science, international relations, public policy, sociology, social policy, industrial organisation and labour studies, economic history, historical studies, gender studies, policy and development studies, government business and ethics, geography, anthropology, tourism and heritage management, information studies, and records and archives management. Some courses have been translated into isiZulu (an indigenous language) to enhance access and participation in our programmes. Most of our programmes are replicated on both campuses with a few offered exclusively at either Pietermaritzburg or Howard College.
The School has academic and scholarly partners in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. It has nurtured strategic local and international partnerships in such areas as maritime studies; traditional leadership and governance; safe and inclusive societies, history of health and medicine; the education of black doctors; nationalism, populism and hegemony in South Africa; political activities by MK soldiers; the relationship between councilors and traditional leaders on service delivery in South Africa; succession politics among the Mngomezulu clan; scientific collaboration, science communication and ICTs; collaboration and productivity of scholars in South Africa.