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About the Research Commons
Explore UKZN' Commons
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 Sociology theses @ UKZN
Is skills development a panacea to youth unemployment in the post-apartheid South Africa? : a case study of eThekwini Municipality
This study investigates whether Skills Development is a panacea to youth unemployment in the post-apartheid South Africa? It utilizes the case study of eThekwini Municipality in ascertaining the levels of skills, experience and competencies of the unemployed young people. It is in this context that the study seeks to understand the barriers that are impeding young people in finding employment in the eThekwini Municipality. As a point of point of departure, the study investigates the relationship between the lack of skills among youth and unemployment levels. This assisted in establishing whether the skills in youth possession match the demand of the jobs available. Furthermore, the dissertation ascertains as to whether unemployed young people have undergone any training and skills development initiatives in equipping themselves. In a case where they have undergone training, the effectiveness of strategies implemented by the eThekwini Municipality in assisting unemployed young people to
A cross-generational study of the perception and construction of South Africans of Indian descent as foreigners by fellow citizens.
This thesis examined how the perceptions of South Africans of Indian descent as foreign, by fellow South African citizens, have changed or the extent to which they have remained the same from the time of the first arrival of indentured labourers from India in 1860 to the present. In so doing the study also revealed how those classified as ‘Indian’ in South Africa have constructed their identities in relation to, and because of, differing social, political and economic contexts. In order to achieve the aims of this research, the study was periodised based on the key political transitions over the last 150 years. As a result, the constructions and perceptions of ‘Indians’ by others were explored from the period of indenture under colonialism (1860-1910), through to the formation of Union (1910-1948), into apartheid (1948-1994) and ultimately through to democracy (1994-present). The data collection methods included documentary sources, oral histories, and semi-structured interview
Databases for non UKZN theses
ResearchSpace is electronic repository of only UKZN theses and dissertation.
You may search for theses and dissertations from other institutions by clicking on the link below.
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.
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