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Trilingual terminology lists contribute to a welcoming culture

It is extremely satisfying when students say they understand the content of prescribed books thanks to a terminology list in their mother tongue, says Ms Anita Jonker, co-ordinator of the First-year Academy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Thanks to her initiative, close on 1 000 political terms are now available in English, […]

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Teens need structured help from school after a sibling’s death

Eight years ago Lesley Schroeder-McLean’s second son, Mark, died in a plane crash. He was 17 years old. For her as parent it was a devastating experience, but she also witnessed how the other adolescents in her extended family struggled to come to terms with this death. This experience was the trigger for her to continue her studies and after […]

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‘Despairing youth should be given hope of a better future’ – Prof Russel Botman in 2013 Kuyper Prize Lecture, Princeton, USA

Globalisation could increasingly drive the youth worldwide into the arms of fanatical and extremist groups because of public and economic policy that continue to exclude the poor and other marginalised groups, Prof Russel Botman, recipient of the 2013 Abraham Kuyper Prize, warned in the US last night (18 April). Botman, who is Rector and Vice-Chancellor […]

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Year-end function: Information Technology

Information Technology’s year-end function will be taking place on Friday, 20 November 2015 and personnel will therefore not be available after 12:00. Please direct any queries or problems to

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Indexing the Human series to interrogate history and future of social anthropology and the human sciences in South Africa

In 2013 a postgraduate student conducting research on the history of the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department at Stellenbosch University (SU), discovered a human skull along with eye and hair colour charts among the remnants of the old Volkekunde Department. The discovery caused an uproar across South Africa and in the media, raising a number […]

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Arts Faculty produces the highest PhD output for 2013 academic year

Arts Faculty produces the highest PhD output for 2013 academic year

On Thursday, 24 April, 26 PhD graduates obtained their doctoral degree from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, raising the Faculty’s PhD output for 2013 to 52 graduates – the highest amongst all the faculties for this academic year. It is the second year that the Faculty has produced more than 50 doctorates. In […]

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Outputs of nine-year research project on show at Slee Gallery

The outputs of a research project conducted over the last nine years by the Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques division of the Visual Arts Department, can now be viewed at the Slee Gallery in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. The group exhibition, Platinum-juwelierskuns – BACK TO THE FUTURE – Platinum Art Jewellery, was opened on 6 […]

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Hans Roosenschoon scholarships awarded to two gifted composers

Two scholarships of R25 000 each were recently awarded to two gifted undergraduate and postgraduate music students specialising in composition. The first Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Composition Scholarships were awarded to Roché van Tiddens and Lise Morrison this year. Roché, who is an undergraduate student, passed his third year of BMus (Composition) with six distinctions, […]

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Your vote DOES count

With a final round of election registration scheduled for 8 and 9 February, political scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) and non-governmental organisations are encouraging citizens, especially the youth, to register for the upcoming elections. “Your vote does count,” says Dr Nicola de Jager from the Political Science Department. “The proportional representation system applied by South […]

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Arts Faculty awards 26 doctorates at December graduation

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences recently conferred 26 PhD degrees at the December graduation ceremony held specifically for doctoral graduates in the Endler Hall of the Conservatorium. This is the first year that Stellenbosch University (SU) has organised separate graduation ceremonies for PhD graduates. “I am very proud of each PhD student that […]

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Conference to focus on the invaluable contribution that the social sciences make to development

PhD researchers and leading academics from across the globe are meeting at Stellenbosch University (SU) this week to discuss the invaluable contribution that the social sciences make to development throughout the world. The weeklong event, titled Social Sciences for Development, will take place from 28 October to 01 November and is co-hosted by the Faculty […]

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Prof Van Niekerk appointed as member of the NHREC

Prof Anton van Niekerk (photo), Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics, both at Stellenbosch University (SU), has been appointed as a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) in September by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. This appointment is for a three-year period.  […]

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Frans Swanepoel to head ASSAf agriculture consensus study

Frans Swanepoel to lead national ASSAf consensus study

Prof Frans Swanepoel (photo), Deputy-Director of the African Doctoral Academy has been appointed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to chair a national consensus study to revitalise Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in South Africa. The mandate of the ASSAf Consensus Studies is to provide evidence-based advice to government on matters of […]

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Cook appointed as President of IOSOT

Prof Johann Cook (photo), a lecturer in Stellenbosch University’s Department of Ancient Studies and researcher specialising in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible), was recently appointed as President of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT). The news was officially announced at an IOSOT business meeting in Munich, Germany, […]

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August edition of Arts and Social Sciences newsletter on web

Read more about achievers, interesting research and Faculty news in the August edition of Letter. To see the Latest newsletter of the Faculty, please click here or visit

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Time for change is now says Mamphela Ramphele

The ruling party has betrayed what many leaders of the struggle fought and died for by allowing a culture of corruption to spread with impunity. On Wednesday (31 July) Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the country’s youngest political party, Agang, lashed out at South Africa’s leaders when she spoke to students on the campus of Stellenbosch […]

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Linguistics conference 2013: Record number of papers on language practice

The joint annual conference of the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT), the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA) and the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa (LSSA) was held in Stellenbosch from 1 to 4 July. This conference, an annual event for linguists from all over South Africa and the rest of the world, […]

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Seminar: Department of Modern Foreign Languages

You are cordially invited to a lecture by Dr Isabel dos Santos (Stellenbosch University – German Section) on Celebrating the Brothers Grimm Date: Friday 2 August 2013 Time: 13:00 – 13:50 Where: Arts & Social Sciences Building: Seminar Room 551

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