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Anthropology student Kevin Dornbrack and medical student Matt te Water Naude recently set a record for circumnavigating the Kingdom of eSwatini on foot. The two UCT students ran 640 km in 15 days – over 40 km a day – in a bid to raise awareness about the difficulties rural communities face in accessing healthcare.
Associate Professor Sandra Young from the Department of English together with Chris Thurman, Head of English at Wits, recently organised and hosted an international Shakespeare and Social Justice Conference at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.
It was PhD graduand Ingrid Brudvig’s quest to understand her own place in the world that sparked her interest in anthropology. Her study of the experiences of Somali women in Cape Town, has made an important contribution to the field of anthropology in South Africa.
In his new book, International Mediation in the South African Transition, Dr Zwelethu Jolobe , a senior lecturer in political science at UCT, argues that the role of international mediation in South Africa’s transition to democracy has been downplayed and undervalued.
As the largest faculty on campus, the Faculty of Humanities is home to more than 6000 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students annually. Currently 43 countries are represented in our student body. We attract students and academics from across the globe which means exposure to a rich diversity of knowledge, experience and best practice.
Research and Teaching
UCT Faculty of Humanities has a reputation for demanding excellence from our staff and students. We are home to some of South Africa's most celebrated intellectuals, including: award-winning composers and singers; renowned artistic directors and literary critics; world famous novelists and poets; national policy makers and advisors to government; sought-after economists; and highly respected social science researchers.
We produce exceptional young people who possess imagination, insight, mental agility and analytical skills. As a result of these attributes, our graduates are highly sought after both locally and abroad. Most of our students advance to postgraduate study which further enhances their skills and employment opportunities. A Humanities qualification prepares you for a multitude of career paths in the public sector, corporate workplace and in academia.
In the Humanities, we teach our students to be analytical, to question, to engage in ‘out of the box’ thinking, to ask the difficult questions and to use their imagination in solving real world problems. If this sounds exciting, then you will definitely thrive in this environment and you will enjoy your time with us. Harry Garuba Dean of Humanities