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About the Research Commons
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The Research Commons is a high level research environment intended for exclusive use by postgraduate students at Masters and Doctoral level, as well as Researchers and Academic staff of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The aim is to create an environment conducive for research exchange and production.
The concept of the Research Commons is to develop specialized facilities, combine research and social space and increase library support for researchers across all campus libraries.
Experienced library staff members are on hand to assist with users' information needs and to arrange consultations with subject specialists as needed. The Research Commons is entered via swipe card.
About dissertations and theses
Until recently theses and dissertations (Masters and Doctoral) were only available in printed form. Now, worldwide, institutions are digitising their collections putting pdf copies into the public arena. Theses can be traced via Google, GoogleScholar or from a particular institution's theses repository, usually from the Library's webpage.
For UKZN theses go to ResearchSpace
For South African theses go to SABINET ONLINE - see the UCTD collection and Current and Completed Research
For a more comprehensive search of theses from other institutions go to Library theses databases page.
This is the online institutional repository of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.The material on this site can only be used for study and research and therefore can be copied/downloaded etc., for personal use ONLY. Any form of copying for distribution purposes requires copyright permission from the author/university.
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New Criminology theses @ UKZN
Constructing crime online : representations of violent crime, perpetrators and victims on a South African news aggregator : News24
This study explores the representation of violent crime on an online news environment. The involvement of moral entrepreneurs within the news media in combating crime is also investigated. News media is the main source of information for national and international events. Policies tend to be influenced by what the media report on, so research into the new online platform of news production is important. The research design took on an interpretive paradigm, leading to a qualitative method of research. Discourse and linguistic analysis was used for the interpretation of the data collected from an online news aggregator News24. The data was in the form of online news articles. The literature showed that the commercial motives of news agencies outweigh the information providing services thereof. Profit is guaranteed by focusing on heinous crimes that are sensationalised. Results show the interplay between moral entrepreneurs and news media as unexplored in South Africa, hence the lack of i
A Quantitative Analysis of Juvenile Delinquency trends among school going adolescents in a select sample of secondary schools in Chatsworth, Durban.
This quantitative study explores juvenile delinquency trends among school going adolescents in a select sample of schools. The study conducted in Chatsworth, Durban (Kwa Zulu-Natal) was developed as an exclusively Indian Township in the 1960‘s but since the 1990s more and more Africans moved into the area. Nonetheless Chatsworth remains predominantly ‗Indian‘ in terms of its demography and character. Permission and ethical approval for this study were obtained from the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal- Howard College Campus. The study consisted of a sample of 750 respondents randomly selected from two secondary schools in Chatsworth. A non-probability sampling method was followed. The main aim of this exploratory study was to understand trends in juvenile delinquency among adolescents in the area of Chatsworth through a quantitative lens. The study was carried out through coded self-administered questionnaires, administe
Community engagement of local space in crime mapping and policing of informal settlements : a study of Cato Crest informal settlement.
In any country where there are informal settlements, crime prevention and combat is, to a great extent, determined by the availability of reliable information about crime and about the physical environment in which it occurs. Of equal importance in reducing crime is accurate reporting on the behalf of the public and accurate mapping of crime incidences on the part of the police. Informality makes such information gathering, reporting and mapping extremely challenging. Street level geocoding match rates are lower in informal settlements areas compared to formal urban areas, due to the fact that these areas are unplanned without any road networks or proper address points. To determine the success or otherwise of measures taken to control crime in informal settlements, it is necessary for a system to be in operation whereby crime can be geocoded to a specific location. The integration of community local knowledge with Geographic Information Systems can help populate urban-based geospatial
About Open Access
Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the internet to peer reviewed scholarly journal articles.
Searching Google Scholar will highlight those articles that are freely accessible.
Databases for non UKZN theses
ResearchSpace is the electronic repository of UKZN theses and dissertations only.
You may search for theses and dissertations from other institutions by clicking on the link below.
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