Starting as the College of Agriculture, the University of Mauritius, established in 1965, dominates the Tertiary Education Sector locally. Originally, it had three Schools, namely Agriculture, Administration and Industrial Technology. It has since expanded to comprise five Faculties, namely Agriculture, Engineering, Law and Management, Science, and Social Studies & Humanities. It has also a Centre for Medical Research and Studies, a Centre for Distance Education, a Centre for Information Technology and Systems, and a Consultancy Centre.
The UoM has undergone rapid expansion over the last decade and is continuing to expand with a student growth rate of about 10% annually. Programmes have changed steadily from sub-degree certificate/diploma levels to undergraduate and taught masters Programmes, as well as research at postgraduate level.
The mission of the Psychology Unit within the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities is to provide students with a sound knowledge of Psychology as a science and its various branches from an applied and conceptual perspective. It also aims at promoting analytical skills in the study of human behaviour.
It offers adequate background to those who wish to pursue higher studies or undertake research in the field of human behaviour.
There are 4 full-time academic members in the Psychology unit as of January 2013.
Student prospects cover a wide range of professional activities, both in the public and private sector as follows :
- Social research
- Social analysis
- Social work
- Research for postgraduate studies
The mission of the Social Work Unit is to develop world quality education, research and community service to realize the values and principles of social justice, equality and promotion of human welfare.
There are 3 full-time academic members in the Social Work Unit:
Ms Pritha Bhantoa
Ms Corinne Saupin
- Mr Asrani Gopaul
Practicing Social Workers from the Public Sector and the NGO sector serve as part time lecturers for Social Work. Social Science subjects are taught by full time academics from the Department and across other faculties of the University.
It provides opportunities to students to acquire knowledge, skills and competence in:
Social Work Values. The learning goals are to develop an understanding of social work commitment
Understanding of social science theories and social science research methodology. The goal is to develop understanding of human behavior and human society and its functioning and develop a high level competency for information seeking, use of library and computers, skills for analysis of documents and critical assessment of research reports and literature.
Theory and practice for social work interventions at micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice. The goal is to develop knowledge and skills in using a variety of social work intervention methods.
Social work planning and management, including supervision skills.
Internalizing codes of conduct and ethics for professional social work practice and development as a professional practitioner
Students prospects include, inter alia, the following:
social worker in public and private sectors, national and international NGO’s