Sociology Index

Sociology Departments South Africa

Sociology at the University of Johannesburg.
The UJ Department of Sociology is a dynamic department of ten sociologists.

Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria
Sociologists are curious about the social world. They are concerned with disaggregating society and the complexities of social life systematically and many of us are concerned to make the world a better place in this endeavour.

Overall sociological analysts depart from the view that context is the key to the understanding and exploration of individual behaviour. We invite you to join us in our striving to explore and understand our worlds and in so doing our own lives.
The sociologists in thisDepartment are actively involved in teaching and research related to a variety of topics that include gender, family, poverty, development, societal change, human rights, conflict resolution, race and health.

University of South Africa
Department of Sociology
The Sociology department at Unisa dates back to 1946. From its inception in 1873 until 1946, the University of South Africa was an examinations body, and did not engage in teaching of its own. This changed in 1946, when it was decided that the University would henceforth engage in distance education as well. Soon after that the first Sociology lecturer was appointed. He was Jacobus A. Van der Walt. Mr. Van der Walt joined 9 other lecturers.

Prof Derik Gelderblom (Chair of department)
Qualifications:
MA (Stellenbosch), DPhil (UDW)
Tel: (012) 429 6486
Research interests:
Rural-urban migration and the limitations of neo-classical and neoliberal economic theories.

Prof Carol Allais
Qualifications:
MA (UNISA), DPhil (UPE)
Tel: (012) 429 6030
Research interests:
Industrial Sociology, human trafficking, entrepreneurship and leadership studies.

Dr Gretchen du Plessis
Qualifications:
MA (UP), DPhil (NMMU)
Tel: (012) 429 6507
Research interests:
Demography and gender issues.

Prof Rialize Ferreira
Qualifications:
BA Hons (UOFS), MA (UNISA), PhD (PU for CHE)
Tel: (012) 429 6552
Research interests:
Military sociology, social change and development theories, social problems, research methodology and the sociology of families.

Ms Zanetta L Jansen
Qualifications:
BSocSc (Hons) MSocSc (UND)
Tel: (012) 429 6322
Research interests:
Sociology of the mass media in the South African context and media policy and politics in South Africa. Developmental and international (global) communication research.

Ms Elize Koen
Qualifications:
MA (RAU)
Tel: (012) 429 6600
Research interests:
Gender studies and family sociology.

Mr Ishmael Lesufi
Qualifications:
MA (UDW)
Tel: (012) 429-6229
Research interests:
Marx's social theory; labour process; globalisation and class analysis.         

Dr Lucky Mathebe
Qualifications:
MA (Wits), D Litt et Phil (UNISA)
Tel: (012) 429 6613
Research interests:
Sociology of autobiography and biography, reprensentation studies and leadership studies.

Dr Martin Kuys Mendelsohn
Qualifications:
BA Hons (Wits), PhD Sociology and Linguistics (Hamburg)
Tel: (012) 429 6221
Research interests:
Social theory and sociology of language.        

Dr Hugo Noble
Qualifications:
BA (Stellenbosch), MSc (Wits), DPhil (US)
Tel: (012) 429 6685
Research interests:
Development studies, planning and planning theory, urban studies and the sociology of work.

Prof Louwrens Pretorius
Qualifications:
B Admin (UP), B Admin Hons (Stellenbosch), M Admin (Stellenbosch), DPhil (Stellenbosch)
Tel: (012) 429 6001
Research interests:
Institutional dimensions of policy-making and implementation, South African perspectives on poverty, assessment of studies of South Africa' s transition to democracy.

Prof Jan C Pretorius (emeritus professor)
Qualifications:
DPhil (UP)
Tel: (012) 429 6587
Research interests:
Sociology of health and Demography.

Dr Marlize Rabe
Qualifications:
D Litt et Phil (UNISA)
Tel: (012) 429 6698
Research interests:
Family sociology, fatherhood studies and qualitative research.
       
Dr Bellinda Ramabulana
Qualifications:
MA (UPE), DPhil (UNISA)
Tel: (012) 429 6033
Research interests:
Sociology of families and social problems, group dynamics and research methodology.

Dr Etienne Rautenbach
Qualifications:
DPhil (Stellenbosch)
Tel: (012) 429 6652
Research interests:
Sociology of the family.        

Mr Leon Roets
Qualifications:
BA Hons (UOVS)
Tel: (012) 352 4116
Research interests:
Social behaviour studies in HIV/AIDS and health.

Mr Christopher G. Thomas
Qualifications:
BA Hons (UWC), M Public Affairs (Indiana), MSocSc (UCT)
Tel: (012) 429 6560
Research interests:
Economic sociology, industrial restructuring, sociology of violence, human rights and youth development.

University of the Western Cape
Anthropology and Sociology are established social science disciplines. Both are immensely challenging and exciting and generally aim to understand culture and how societies work. They investigate the cultures and structures of different societies throughout the world and throughout history analyzing their various patterns such as cultural patterns, kinship, marriage, economy, social class, gender and race.
They observe the everyday experiences of people in groups and collectivities - ethnic, professionals, workers, gangs, families and seek to explain them. They also raise critical philosophical issues about how a society can be studied. A course in Anthropology/Sociology thus equips one to think systematically, critically and in a disciplined and informed fashion. The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at UWC has this as its chief aim and both the under-graduate and post-graduate courses have been designed accordingly.
Anthropology & Sociology provide a sound basis for careers in education, social research, community development, public administration, conflict resolution, heritage management, social services, and a range of other fields where a knowledge of how society works is an important factor.

Prof AJB Humphreys
BA, BA Hons, MA (UCT), PhD (UCT)
Tel.: 021 959 2336
Background
Archaeologist who has been with the department since 1979. Was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999. (Chairperson)

Teaching/Research Interests:
Archaeological perceptions, interface between History and Pre-History, Later Stone Age Studies, Archaeology of Africa, Middle East, Social Theory in relation to archaeology.

Dr Kathy Nadasen
BA, MA(Leiden) DPhil (UDW)
Sociologist -Senior Lecturer. Tel.: 021 959 2336
Teaching / Research Interest:
Industralization, Gender Studies, Development Studies, Current Research: Women's Health

Mr Emile Boonzaier
BA, MA (UCT)
Anthropologist -Senior Lecturer.
Tel.: 021 959 2336
Teaching / Research Interest:
Racism & Ethnicity, Medical Anthropology; Khoi Khoi history in Richtersveld, Current Research: Anthropology of Tourism.

Dr. Heike Becker
MA (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) Germany, PhD (University of Bremen) Germany
Social Anthropologist/Sociologist -Senior Lecturer
Tel.: 021 959 2336
Teaching/Research Interest:
Femininities, masculinities, sesxuality, gender, identity and memory, post-colonial theory, impact of war in Southern Africa, cultural studies and visual studies.

Dr Diana Gibson
BA (PUT), BA Hons, MA (UNISA), PhD (UWC)
Social Anthropologist/Sociologist -Senior Lecturer
Tel.: 021 959 2336
Teaching/Research Interest:
Medical Anthropology, Health systems Reform, Gender and Women's Sexual and Reproductive Practices and Health Care in Metropolitan Cape Town.

Ms Sharyn Spicer
BA, BA Hons, MA (UCT)
Sociologist - Lecturer
Tel.: 021 959 2336
Teaching/Research Interests:
Urban Studies, Urban Sociology. Animal Care.

Mr Lionel Thaver(UWC)
BA, BA Hons, MA
Tel.: 021 959 2336
Teaching/Research Interests:
Sociological Theory, Methodology, Language and Discourse.

Ms Heidi Sauls
BA, BA Hons, MA (UWC)
Anthropologist / Sociologist -Lecturer
Tel.: 021 959 2336
Teaching / Research Interests:
Socialization, Deviance & Social Control, Gansterism, Policing, Constructing Masculinity, Counseling.

University of the Witwatersrand
Department of Sociology
Sociology at Wits
Sociology is the study of society in all its complexity, from both an empirical and a theoretical perspective. The Department of Sociology at Wits has an outstanding staff with an extremely wide range of teaching and research interests, and a deep commitment to teaching and to involving students in its work.
The Department of Sociology has a rich series of offerings for 2008 both for students majoring in the subject and for those who wish to gain some idea of its scope, or to explore a particular area.
For students intending to major, we have a programme which contains both prescribed modules and options; we are also able to offer the opportunity to take modules in addition to those prescribed. Students eligible for second and/or third level courses may take more than the minimum Sociology modules at any particular time.
Sociology and Industrial Sociology prepare students for careers in a variety of areas.