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Department of Social Work

We at the Department of Social Work at the University of the Western Cape are committed to excellence in Social work education, practice and research.

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Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting provides both relevant and quality training, research, and community service that will cater for the accounting training requirements of civil service, local government and public enterprise in South Africa, as well as that of the private sector in the composite disciplines of Accounting (incorporating Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Auditing and Control, Information Systems and Taxation) in both the private sector and public sector environments.

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Department of African Language Studies

The core activity of the Department of African Language Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is the teaching of Xhosa to both mother-tongue speakers (Xhosa Studies) and non-mother-tongue speakers (Xhosa Language Acquisition).

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Department of Afrikaans and Nederlands

You are now at the heart of Afrikaans, the language which originated from the communities we serve. It is the language in which most people in this part of the country express their first words, live life to the fullest and breathe their last.

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Department of Anthropology

We are a community of anthropologists committed to the understanding of the complex world we live in. We continuously challenge commonplace assumptions and ways of being.

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Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

Welcome to the Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Department homepage. The department was formed as an amalgamation of the former Botany and Zoology departments. Our location at the southern tip of Africa places us in an ideal position for field research into a host of interesting plants and animals.

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Department of Biotechnology

The simplest definition of biotechnology is “applied biology” through the application of biological knowledge and techniques to develop products or services. It may be further defined as the use of living organisms to make a product or run a process. By this definition, the classic techniques used for plant and animal breeding, fermentation and enzyme purification are to be considered biotechnology.

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Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is often described as the central science because it touches all the other sciences.

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Department of Community Oral Health

The Deaprtment of Community Oral Health provides undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes which enable students to make a diagnosis of a population’s oral health problems, establish the causes and effects of the problems and plan effective interventions through interdisciplinary co-operation and organised efforts of society.

The discipline is concerned with promoting the health of a population, and, therefore, focuses action at community level as opposed to an individual.

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Department of Computer Science

Our vision is to provide innovative programmes in Computer Science, in order empowering our graduates to advance the quality of life in Africa.

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Department of Conservative Dentistry

The Department of Conservative Dentistry predominantly focuses on the diagnosis and integrated management of diseases and defects of the teeth, which includes restoring of form, function and aesthetics.

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Department of Craniofacial Biology (including Forensics + Genetics)

Welcome to Craniofacial Biology (Including Forensics & Genetics)

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Department of Criminal Justice & Procedure

We play a pivotal role in the education of law students, as we teach the core courses in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) syllabus. These are: Criminal Law, the Law of Criminal Procedure, the Law of Civil Procedure, and the Law of Evidence. The latter three are the so-called “tools of the trade”, as they include equipping the prospective lawyer with the know-how required to litigate cases in court.

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Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

Dietetics is a health profession in which the science of nutrition is applied to the management of individuals or communities in states of health and disease.

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Department of Earth Science

The Department of Earth Sciences at UWC offers challenging opportunities in the nationally strategic areas of natural resources combining the disciplines of Applied geology, environmental and water sciences. These rapidly expanding programmes have established an international profile through teaching and research. Our research aim as a department is to study fundamental processes, and to investigate linkage between different components of the earth system (solid earth, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere).

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Department of Economics

Welcome to the Department of Economics at the University of the Western Cape. Our professional degree programmes are carefully designed and focused on developing your skills as an economist that can be applied to a range of real world issues.

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Department of Educational Psychology

The field of educational psychology is concerned with the study of learning in educational settings, the effectiveness of educational interventions, the psychology of teaching and of the school as a social institution.

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Department of Educational Studies

The Department of Educational Studies teaches courses in the social, political and historical foundations of education. We draw on a rich theoretical understanding of education, mindful of its implications for teaching practice in the South African context.

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Department of English

The Department of English at UWC is a leading interdisciplinary department in the humanities in South Africa.

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Department of Foreign Languages

The Department of Foreign Languages offers Arabic, French, German, and Latin from the first year, which are foundation courses, to the second- and third-year levels.

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Department of Geography, Environmental Studies and Tourism

The Department of Geography, Environmental Studies and Tourism is a dynamic teaching and research department with a wide range of expertise in human and physical geography, GIScience, environmental management, and tourism.

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Department of History

The UWC Department of History is committed to changing the ways that history is taught, written about and represented. 

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Department of Industrial Psychology

If you have a mind for business and a heart for people, then Industrial Psychology is the place for you. For an overview of what Industrial Psychology is all about, please click on the following link (www.siop.org ). In general, our Department has several stakeholders and responsibilities: aspiring student Industrial Psychologists and Human Resources Managers (HR), business world, research, and the community.

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Department of Information Systems

The intersection and interaction of technologies, people, organisations and societies have created a demand for Information Systems graduates  with specific attributes, knowledge and skills.   In response to this demand, the Department of Information Systems develops and equips students to participate in the 21st century digital world and in particular the digital economy.  Across our undergraduate and post graduate programs the Department offers a range of ICT related skills.  This includes both technical and non-technical skills both of which are essential for the Information Systems practitioner in the real-world.     We have embedded into our programmes  the necessary range of graduate attributes that are demanded by the modern local and global economies.   Our course content traverses information systems fundamentals, systems analysis and design, decision making, information management, technical design skills and data analysis, among others.   These skills provide a foundation for a well-rounded graduate to function in the digital economy.

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Department of Language Education

The Language Education Department is a fast-growing department that is integral to the faculty’s teaching, research and community engagement endeavours. Regarding teaching, the department offers some 50 courses across four undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, aimed at producing language teachers who are competent in English, Afrikaans and/or isiXhosa, and who are at home in multilingual classes.

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Department of Library and Information Science

Like its parent institution, our Department is alert to its African and international context. It strives to be a place of quality and a place to grow from hope to agency through knowledge.

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Department of Linguistics

South Africa is a highly multilingual society and recognises 11 official languages and hosts many more spoken varieties within its borders. In this respect, South Africa is typical of our world of complex translocal communities characterised by a linguistic dispensation where multilingualism is the norm.

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Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers programs for undergraduate and post graduate degrees. We have established programs of fundamental research in mathematics, as well as research in various areas such as Mathematical Modelling, Financial Mathematics and Mathematics Education among others.

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Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Pathology

Welcome to Maxillofacial & Oral Pathology

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Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery and Anaesthesiology and Sedation

The cluster, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, and Anaesthesiology and Sedation consists of the two departments namely “Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery” as well as ”Anaesthesiology and Sedation”.

The cluster offers postgraduate programmes that vary from clinical postgraduate diplomas, a clinical specialist master’s programme, research masters and PhD studies.

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Department of Medical Biosciences

In the Department of Medical Biosciences, we aim at training and developing scientists who will conduct research with a view to reduce the many lifestyle associated diseases.

To prepare students, the Medical Biosciences programme teaches students anatomy, physiology and medical microbiology thereby providing an understanding of the structure and function of the human body, and how the body protects itself against disease.

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Department of Mercantile and Labour Law

The Department of Mercantile and Labour Law introduces students to the world of commercial and business law. The department’s focus is on developing students’ critical thinking skills and supplying them with practical, transferable capabilities to positively contribute to the legal profession or corporate field.

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Department of Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Western Cape was established around 1984. It is a leading academic entity that offers quality undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy education programmes. Our graduates are competent, reflective practitioners who are able to practice at all levels of the health care system.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

At the Department of Dental Radiology, we provide excellence and care of each patient and student entering our doors.  

We dedicate ourselves to the highest standard of oral health care and commit ourselves to the betterment of the community for the benefit of all society.

 

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Department of Oral Hygiene

The Department of Oral Hygiene is primarily responsible for development and delivery of the Degree in Oral Health (BOH).

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Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology

The scope of expertise of the specialist in Oral Medicine and Periodontics includes the diagnosis and management of diseases, disorders and anomalies that affect the oral and periodontal tissues, as well as the oral and peri-oral manifestations of systemic diseases according to evidence based practices.

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Department of Orthodontics

The discipline of orthodontics focuses on the growth and development of the craniofacial complex and dental occlusion, as well as the treatment of abnormalities related to these structures.  Although the word orthodontics is derived from the Greek "orthos" being "straight" and "odontos" being "tooth", the scope of orthodontics and orthodontic treatment is much wider than only the dentition.

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Department of Paediatric Dentistry

Paediatric Dentistry encompasses all the different disciplines of dentistry for the child patient. The department caters to the needs of all children (including medically compromised and special needs children) under the age of 12 years.

The scope of Paediatric Dentistry involves the practice of oral and dental health care for infants, children and adolescents, through appropriate preventive, educational and treatment services, which includes treatment under general anaesthesia and sedation.

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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy has undergone a regeneration at UWC. For years, it offered only a few modules, but now it is back with a full programme of modules for a major and new philosophers on the staff.

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Department of Physics & Astrophysics

The Physics Department carries out physics and provides teaching programmes that will contribute significantly to the development of human capacity, science and technology in South Africa. The study of Physics at UWC produces holistically educated citizens who understand our rapidly changing technological world. Our vision is to see our graduates be equipped with the fundamental knowledge of physics, problem solving, life and communication skills.

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Department of Physiotherapy

The department has a proud history of community engagement and professional development of physiotherapists from all over the African continent and has graduated physiotherapists from Honours to PhD all over Africa.

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Department of Political Studies

Welcome to the Department of Political Studies, a dynamic team that strives for excellence in teaching and research. 
The department provides a balanced mixed of modules in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering International Relations, Comparative Politics, South African politics and Political Theory. 

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Department of Private Law

The Department of Private Law offers a full complement of courses at undergraduate level and selected courses at postgraduate level. These courses are presented by experienced and highly-regarded law teachers who use contemporary and innovative teaching and assessment methodologies to enhance their students’ learning experiences. The department also possesses considerable supervision expertise in regard to LLM theses as well as LLD/PhD dissertations.

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Department of Prosthetic Dentistry

The Department of Prosthetic Dentistry core business is teaching removable prosthodontics, research, and clinical services. Teaching and learning removable prosthodontic courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs revolve around the rehabilitation of partially and completely edentulous patients. This involves the art and science of designing, planning, constructing and fitting removable artificial appliances or prosthesis in patients’ mouths to replace missing teeth.

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Department of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human emotion, cognition, and behaviour. Careers in psychology can be very rewarding and fulfilling, albeit challenging. Being allowed entry into the private and often vulnerable sides of others, is a privilege, and the opportunity to contribute to the healing and growth of others, makes for a meaningful life experience.

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Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence

The Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence prides itself on the extensive variety of courses it offers, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as its strong record of high quality research. In addition to the courses that are traditionally regarded as public law and jurisprudence courses (i.e. human rights law, public international law, constitutional law, jurisprudence, administrative law as well as legal interpretation), the department presents a diverse menu of elective courses at undergraduate level, including, among others advanced public law, environmental law, gender law, and the South African Bill of Rights.

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Department of Religion and Theology

The Department of Religion and Theology at UWC offers modules in three subject areas, namely Theological Studies, Ethics, and Religious Studies. Collaborative research activities in the Department take place within six research frameworks, namely Religion; Ethics and Social Transformation; Religion and Gender; Religion and Development; Ecumenical Theology and Spirituality in Africa; Christian Ecotheology and Biblical Hermeneutics, and Rhetoric.

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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at UWC has a rich intellectual tradition steeped in the highest standards of research and academic rigour.

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Department of Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science

The Department of Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science (SRES) provides students with the necessary academic and professional skills to promote health through participation in sport, recreation and physical activities. 

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Department of Statistics and Population Studies

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Good day and Welcome to the Statistics and Population Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape.
Our Department revolves around two axes of teaching and research: Statistics with specialisation in Data Science and Population Studies. Two growing and important fields as data become more and more used everywhere and every day for planning purposes and to understand the challenges of our modern societies: from stock markets, medical research, economic forecasting to human populations.

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Department of Women's and Gender Studies

The Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) Department is an inter- and transdisciplinary department that offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and engages in a wide range of collaborative research projects with local and international partners towards intersectional gender justice.

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Finance, Innovation, Operation,?Infrastructure and Information and Communication Services (FIOII)?

The Finance, Innovation, Operation, Infrastructure and Information and Communication Services (FIOII)  provide services that support and deliver on the University of the Western Cape (UWC) mandate. Our aim is to continuously build on the service delivery, financial viability and solid capital base of UWC, with evolving people, systems and infrastructure so that we continuously serve our stakeholders who has to deliver on teaching and learning, research, community engagement and innovation.

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WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health

The WHO collaborating centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which the Director-General designates to carry out activities in support of the Organization’s programmes. Currently, there are over 800 WHO collaborating centres in 90 member states working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.
 

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