At the Cutting Edge of Critical Thought
The burning question addressed in the study of the Humanities at the University of the Free State is: What does it mean to be human in our immediate and broader contexts at this moment in human history?
We grapple with the postcolonial human condition at a time when many of the ills of the colonial era linger on in our society, albeit in different guises. We tend to forget that the “post” in postcolonial is a deceptive marker of time that masks persistent forms of injustice. In the words of the famous novelist and playwright William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It is not even past”.
In light of this, the Faculty of the Humanities offers a number of interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes that prioritise knowledge production and academic contestation transcending multiple disciplines pertaining to our shared human condition in direct response to the material and social realities of our immediate environment and temporal context.
While all disciplines under the umbrella of the Humanities offer postgraduate qualifications, the following innovative postgraduate programmes aim to foster critical thought at the cutting edge of human and social sciences:
• The Centre for Gender and Africa Studies offers postgraduate programmes in Africa and Gender Studies to deepen the interdisciplinary and intersectional understanding of the burning issues related to Africa, its people, and their gender(ed) dynamics and identity politics. Contact Mrs Ankia Bradfield at +27 51 401 9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Programme in Governance and Political Transformation in the Department of Political Studies and Governance satisfies the need for institutional capacity-building, leadership development, and the promotion of a value system which complements good democratic governance. Contact Dr Tania Coetzee at +27 51 401 2628 or email@example.com
• The Centre for Health Systems Research & Development offers the Master of Health Systems Studies that integrates theory with in-depth knowledge of health and health systems. Priority programmes include tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, the TB-HIV co-epidemic, and sexual and reproductive health. Contact Ms Belinda Jacobs at +27 51 401 2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, please visit www.ufs.ac.za, or contact Mrs Marica Coetsee at +27 51 401 2369.