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Overview

Due to the merger of the institute for Youth studies and Gender studies, the following vision, mission statement and objectives were adopted:

Vision
Promoting equity,social justice on cross cutting issues of youth and gender for the transformation of society.

Mission
To be the centre of excellence and social transformation in the field of gender and Youth in development by providing leadership training,advocacy in social justice and equity,research and outreach work to meet the ever changing circumstances and needs of all marginalized groups in South Africa,the SADC region and beyond.

Objectives:

  • To provide leadership training for Youth and women and other marginalized groups,
  • To advocate and mainstream Gender and Youth issues in rural communities in order to address challenges of social justice
  • To develop youth and Gender Programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that address issues of social transformation
  • To conduct advocacy activities on gender and Youth in rural communities in order to address issues of Social Justice.
  • To develop Youth and Gender Programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that address issues of Social transformation.
  • To conduct research on Gender, Youth and Development issues.
  • To utilise the research to inform Gender and Youth policy development.
  • To develop a community outreach programme targeting Gender and Youth issues in rural communities.
  • To offer consultancy and advisory services to government and civil society organisations.
  • To initiate and establish exchange programmes and linkages with other institutions in South Africa, the SADC region and beyond on issues of Youth and Gender.
  • To develop a capacity building programme for the mainstreaming of Gender and Youth issues into the curriculum of the University of Venda.

Programmes

  1. Bachelor of Arts, Youth in Development: BAYID
  2. Post Graduate Diploma in Gender Studies (Pg. Dip. GS)
  3. Honours Degree in Gender Studies (Hons. GS)
  4. Masters Degree in Gender Studies (MGS)
  5. Doctoral Degree in Gender Studies (PhD GS) (GSD 7000)

1. Bachelor of Arts, Youth in Development: BAYID

Curriculum

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

YID 1540
YID 1544
ECS 1541

Two from

PSY 1541
SOC 1541
or
ISO 1541
CST 1541

One from

HRM 1541
POL 1541
PAD 1541
CRM 1541

YID 1640
YID 1644
ECS 1641

Two from

PSY 1641
SOC 1641
or
ISO 1641
CST 1641

One from

HRM 1641
POL 1641
PAD 1641
CRM 1641

YID 2540
YID 2544


Two from

Psychology
PSY 2511
PSY 2541
PSY 2542
Sociology
SOC 2541
or
Industrial Sociology
ISO 2541

Anthropology
ANT 2541
or
Applied Anthropology
APA 2541

YID 2640
YID 2644
YID 2645

Two from

Psychology
PSY 2641
PSY 2642

Sociology
SOC 2641
or
Industrial Sociology
ISO 2641

Anthropology
ANT 2641
or
Applied Anthropology
APA 2641

YID 3540
YID 3544


One from

Psychology
PSY 3511
PSY 3541
PSY 3542
Sociology
SOC 3541
or
Industrial Sociology
ISO 3541

Anthropology
ANT 3541
or
Applied Anthropology
APA 3541

YID 3640
YID 3644
YID 3646

One from

Psychology
PSY 3611
PSY 3641
PSY 3642
Sociology
SOC 3641
or
Industrial Sociology
ISO 3642

Anthropology
ANT 3641
or
Applied Anthropology
APA 3641

YID 4540
YID 4544
YID 4640 (Research Project)

YID 4644

An External Examiner approved by Senate will assess the examinations at the fourth year level.


2. Post Graduate Diploma in Gender Studies (Pg. Dip. GS)

1. Admission Requirements
Minimum qualification is an undergraduate degree. The Academic Board of the Centre for Gender Studies may consider a working experience as an alternative admission criteria.

2. Curriculum
The programme consists of four modules. Two modules in the first semester are compulsory and any two modules in the second semester.

Semester 1

Semester 2

DGS 4410
DGS 4415

Student to choose any two of the following modules:
DGS 4420
DGS 4425
DGS 4430
DGS 4435
DGS 4440

NB: In order to meet the requirements for the above Qualification students must register and pass Four [4] modules in the order stated above.

3. Honours Degree in Gender Studies (Hons. GS)

1. Admission Requirements
Minimum qualification is an undergraduate degree with an average of at least 60% pass mark for any third year level modules.

2. Curriculum
The curriculum is composed of six modules. Three of these are compulsory.

Semester 1

Semester 2

HGS 5530
HGS 5520
HGS 5521
Students to choose ONE of the following modules
HGS 5522
HGS 5523
HGS 5524
HGS 5525
HGS 5527
HGS 5528

NB: Students to choose any Two of the following modules
HGS 5623
HGS 5624
HGS 5625
HGS 5626
HGS 5629
HGS 5631

NB: Honours student will be expected to register and pass in FIVE of the courses offered for Honours degree and work on a Mini Dissertation (HGS 5530).

4. Masters Degree in Gender Studies (MGS)

Admission Requirements
An Honours Degree in Gender Studies from UNIVEN or any other recognized university. Other qualifications will be evaluated accordingly.

(1) MGS 6000 Dissertation only
(2) MGS 6001 Coursework and mini-dissertation

Semester 1

Semester 2

MGS 6001
MGS 6521
MGS 6522
Students to choose ONE of the following modules
MGS 6523
MGS 6524

NB: Students to choose any Two of the following modules
MGS 6621
MGS 6622
MGS 6623
MGS 6624
MGS 6625

NB: Masters students will be expected to register and pass in FIVE of the courses offered for Masters degree and work on a Mini Dissertation (MGS 6001).

5. Doctoral Degree in Gender Studies (PhD GS) (GSD 7000)

A doctoral degree in gender studies is to be awarded on the basis of a thesis only. An approved proposal will be presented to the academic committee of the Centre for Gender and Youth Studies for the scrutiny and guidance to the student. The Centre will arrange participation by PhD students in national and international Seminars.

Two internal examiners (supervisors) and one external examiner shall mark the doctoral thesis. Each of the examiners shall comment on the work in writing, and give a clear breakdown on how they arrive at the final mark.

There shall be a public defense of the thesis organized by the Centre for Gender and Youth Studies.


Institute Research
The institute is busy conducting a research study to assess attitudes,values,opinions and practices that perpetuate gender-based violence in Limpopo and develop a campaign and communication strategy to contribute to the ending of gender –based violence.The leader of the Research is Prof. Alice Siachitema.

Prof. Siachitema
Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh), M. Phil. (University of London), M.A. (University of Leeds), B.A. with Education, (University of Zambia). Extensive experience in Research, Gender Training/ Facilitation, Gender Analysis, Gender Resource Material Writing, Gender Capacity Building Skills, Proposal Writing, etc. Fields of competency: Gender and Development, Education, Language and Health.

Mrs Thizwilondi Mudau
Mrs Mudau has been involved as a research assistant in a number of researches and many community outreach activities on gender as well as youth. She is also a staff and HIV and AIDS counselor. Mrs. Mudau is currently doing her PhD and her research topic is “An application of the policy on learner pregnancy and learner academic performance” in the School of Education, University of venda.

Miss Keamogetse Morwe
Miss Morwe published a paper titled “Bullying in Thohoyandou Primary Schools. and is currenty conducting a research project on sexual harassment at the University of Venda.

Dr.Thobejane
Papers under review by the South African Journal for Folklore Studies
1. The role of indigenous knowledge systems in South Africa:A focus on the life stages of the Swazi Girl and Boy child from birth to puberty
2. The Causes and Gender Implications Of Teenage Pregnancy In Oakley,Mpumalanga-South Africa.
Book publication: Nova Publishing Company (USA). Tittle: “The fight for an egal;itarian society: Towards politics of equity and racial harmony in South Africa.


News in brief

University Of Venda–Freiburg University Youth Studies Exchange Progamme
The institute for Gender and Youth Studies hosted two visiting professors from Freiburg University in Germany from the 22nd February to the 5th of March, 2010 under the above mentioned programme. The two professors were B. Seibel, and T. Hoff. During the visit they gave a series of lectures on various modules and a seminar. Part of the time was also spent on reviewing, planning and revising the MOU which binds the University of Venda / Freiburg student and faculty exchange programme.

Launch Of Community Crime Forum Committee
Mrs. T.J Mudau was invited to attend the launch of the above mentioned committee on the 5th of March, 2010 during which she was nominated as the deputy chair-person of the committee.

International Women’s Day
Prof. A.K Siachitema was guest speaker at the above function organized by the Department of Local Government and Housing in Polokwane on the 23rd of March, where she gave a presentation on the theme of the International Women’s Day,’ Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity for all’.

Gender based violence at the Thulamela Municipality
Mrs Mudau presented a paper on Gender based violence at the Thulamela municipality .She also presented a paper on the causes and effects of rape at a workshop organized by the Mukula Community in the Vhembe district, and is also the committee member of the Community Safety Forum in the district.

Victim Empowerment Projects
Rev. Mudau Desmond is currently involved in a number of community development and Victim Empowerment projects focusing on women and youth empowerment.

Community on Gender Awareness in the Vhembe District
Miss.Chilidzi Mulaudzi is a member of the Community on Gender awareness in the Vhembe district municipality. She was nominated in the task team of the department of Justice to deal with issues of gender, and celebrations of women’s achievements in the country.


Designation Name Contact
Associate Professor AK Siachitema
BA (Zambia), MA (Leeds), M.Phil(London); PhD.(Edinburgh).
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Senior Lecturer TD Thobejane
PTC, Diploma Community Development (JHB, RSA), MSC degree in Development Economics (Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, UK), DED (Massachusetts Amherst USA).
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LN Maqubela
BA (Hons) (Unin), MA (Sociology) (Pret).

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Lecturer KG Morwe
B.Soc. Sc (SW), MSoc.SC (SW) (North West)
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Lecturer TJ Mudau
BA, BA (HONSGS), MGS (Univen)
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Lecturer TP Mulaudzi
BA, HONSGS, MGS (Univen)
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