Social Transformation

Social Transformation specialises in the creation, development, management and evaluation of the transformational and social development roles and responsibilities of the government, the business sector, and communities in developing societies, thereby contributing significantly towards social transformation within these societies. Through different modes of research, the mission is to render a meaningful contribution towards the improvement of a sustainable quality of life and transformation in South Africa and other African countries.

Pursuing a postgraduate qualification at the NWU research entity Focus Area Social Transformation offers several opportunities for you as a prospective student. Be sure to research the specific postgraduate programmes offered by the NWU research entity Focus Area: Social Transformation. Additionally, consider how your academic and career goals align with the entity's offerings and mission.

Why should you enrol in a postgraduate degree at the NWU Focus Area: Social Transformation?

  1. Specialised expertise: A postgraduate degree allows you to gain specialised expertise in the field of sustainability. You'll have the opportunity to deeply explore topics like social justice, stakeholder management, sustainable governance, to name a few, which are crucial for driving (sustainable) change in developing societies.
  2. Impactful research: Through different research modes, you can actively engage in research projects that have a direct impact on societal sustainability. This provides you with the chance to contribute to solutions for real-world challenges faced by communities in South Africa and other African countries.
  3. Comprehensive understanding: The research programmes span over a various discipline which allows for a interdisciplinary approach to ensures you develop a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of sustainability empowering you to address complex issues.
  4. Career opportunities: A postgraduate degree can enhance your career path. With expertise in issues of sustainability, you'll be well-prepared for roles in government, businesses, non-profit organizations, academia, and community development initiatives.
  5. Networking and collaboration: Being part of a research entity provides opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, including researchers, and fellow students. These connections can lead to valuable collaborations, mentorships and potential partnerships in your future endeavours.
  6. Positive impact on communities: The focus on community development, indigenous knowledge, and governance for sustainability prepares you to make a meaningful impact on local communities. You can work towards creating better living conditions and contributing to the overall well-being of people.
  7. Development of critical thinking: Pursuing postgraduate studies not only hones your research skills, but also critical thinking abilities, and analytical acumen. These skills are valuable in academia and in various professional settings that require strategic and evidence-based decision-making.
  8. Intellectual Growth: Engaging with advanced research topics and working closely with faculty members fosters intellectual growth. You'll have the opportunity to challenge existing paradigms, explore innovative ideas, and expand your intellectual horizons.
  9. Personal Fulfilment: Undertaking postgraduate studies can be personally fulfilling. It allows you to pursue your passion, engage with complex ideas, and make a positive impact on society. The sense of accomplishment from completing a postgraduate degree can be immensely satisfying.