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What are Theses & Dissertations
A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in fulfilment of an academic degree (Masters and Phd), presenting the author's research and findings.
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.
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New Social Work theses @ UKZN
Marriage in contemporary Zulu society : implications for couple counselling.
Most Western therapeutic methods are based on the Western world view and are very individualistic, and may therefore not be appropriate for social work practice with African clients. This study focused specifically on marriage counselling. It aimed to explore the meaning of marriage among Zulu couples, elders and social workers with a view to recommending guidelines for marriage therapy with Zulu clients. The research study was qualitative in nature and was guided by social construction theory. In social construction theory the social practices that people engage in to interact with each other influence the meaning that is ascribed, and how the world is viewed and understood. Thus social interaction within any culture determines how a person perceives reality, and this influences one’s world view. As a result people with different world views will have a very different of understanding. The study explored the beliefs, values, traditions and practices of marriage in contemporary Zulu
The experiences of Zimbabwean students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Globalization has played an influential role in increasing the number of international students studying in foreign institutions. Internationalization and globalization has taken us by storm and are phenomena that cannot be ignored. It is cognisance of the dynamic changes engineered by internationalization and globalization, and my experience of being a foreign student in South Africa that motivated this study into the experiences of international students’ particularly Zimbabwean students studying in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The main aim of the research was to understand the experiences of Zimbabwean students studying at UKZN. The study adopted a qualitative research paradigm and was guided by structural social work theory. The sample comprised 15 Zimbabwean students studying at UKZN, Howard College campus who were interviewed using semi-structured interviews which were audio-recorded and transcribed. The data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Th
Men's reasons for abusing their spouses in the Umbumbulu District of KwaZulu-Natal
Domestic Violence is regarded as an international public health and human rights issue. This study focuses specifically on domestic violence perpetrated by men against women. The research was located in UMbumbulu in the Southern area of Durban- KwaZulu Natal. The researcher used qualitative research method to obtain rich deeper interpretation of domestic violence. Individual in-depth interviews were used from availability and purposive sampling strategies which were used in this study to identify participants within the caseload of UMbumbulu Magistrate’s Court. Participants were purposively selected who met the criteria of being married men between the ages of 21-40 years and found guilty of domestic violence. This study focuses on the perspectives and attitudes of rural men on domestic violence within UMbumbulu area. This approach allowed for a deeper exploration and understanding of how men viewed violence against women in a broader context. The major themes that emerged from the s
Exploring how African employees access workplace counselling in South Africa
This study explores the role that traditional beliefs and practices play in influencing African clients‟ decisions towards accessing mainstream Western counselling, and determines how these beliefs and practises manifest in a counselling relationship. It also explores how Western based counselling manages these concerns. Despite the increased attention that multicultural counselling and indigenous healing modalities have received in the international literature over the past decades, this research area is still considered to be in its infancy in South Africa. Effectively counselling cultural minority clients remains a controversial issue worldwide. Until recently, there have been indications that mainstream available counselling services in South Africa have been described as irrelevant to the needs of the majority of African clients in this country and forms the subject of this study. This study researched the views of a few groups of African workers, residing in the KwaZulu-Natal p
Understanding child sex offenders : implications for the protection of children
Although largely underreported, the incidence of child sexual abuse (CSA) is increasing in South Africa within a context of engendered violence, inequalities, wider structural, cultural challenges, and the secrecy and myths, which surrounds this endemic social problem. There are two polarities of relevance to child protection in this thesis: the one involves understanding the mind-set and modus operandi of the sex offenders who sexually abuse children and the second involves understanding the entrapment and vulnerability of the victim. Understanding of these polarities has been synthesized to discern their implications for the prevention of child sexual abuse. The current study, which was conducted over three phases, was guided by a qualitative paradigm and set within a framework of critical social work theory. Critical theory focuses on the impact of socio-structural factors and dominant societal discourses on individual and family functioning, the relationship between structure and a
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