Welcome to the Faculty of Social And Behavioural Sciences (FSBS). The faculty has a long and distinguished reputation of teaching, research and community service as well as producing highly qualified and capable individuals.
The world is fast transforming. Sustainability as a concept and practice has just become vogue. It anchors on four critical pillars: planet, people, production and institutions. The idea is about balancing processes involved into a matrix of clear and informed interventions. On the whole, humanity is exploiting the planet through production, albeit unsustainably. Institutions, being rules of the game (norms, laws, regulations policies and guidelines) have to be created, agreed and made informative, towards some consensus (rather than dissensus), in short collectively. After all, it is about humanity in action, and humanity devising, installing and running institutions. For this reason, understanding human behaviour, by applying social and behavioural sciences, is an ignito towards achieving the desired sustainability. Human interactions and behaviour with both fellow humans and nature are best understood by scientifically and critically interrogating the cognitive and applied aspects of social or collective/shared lives.
In light of the Government of Zimbabwe’s Education 5.0 Thrusts - Teaching, Research, Community Outreach, Innovation and Industrialisation, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSBS) comes in as the anchoring pillar to the sustainability agenda, which is an agenda with global, regional and local overtones. It is through this Strategic Plan that the FSBS seeks to provide a blueprint to operationalise its mandate through its five new Departments – Applied Psychology, Community and Social Development, Demography Settlement and Development, Governance and Public Management and Social Work. The programmes offered across these Departments provide a full spectrum, from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic of human cognition, action, response and social outcomes.
Overall, the anthropospheric (human modified world) and biospheric (organisms and environment world) processes involved in business and society activities, no doubt, demand the making, mentoring and careering of a cadre and academy that has incisive understanding of the complexities and required actions.
The overarching guideline FSBS offers towards thinking around these complexities is multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary- in our varied focal areas of reproductive health, wellness, social protection, conflict and diplomacy, smart cities, and demography.
Prof Stanzia Moyo
Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy in Demography ( University of Zimbabwe), Master in Population Studies (UZ), Bachelor’s in Geography and Environmental Studies (ZOU), Certificate in Demographic Methods and Analysis, (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Diploma in Education (Gweru).
Recognized as Zimbabwe’s global centre of excellence in social and behavioural sciences education, research, industrialisation and innovation in local and specific communities of Zimbabwe, the region and the globe.
To provide relevant, quality and appropriate social and behavioural sciences education and training that prepares social scientists for practice in diverse social, business and political settings locally, regionally and internationally. The Faculty shall be known for new ideas, leadership and social strategy in pursuit of Education 5.0.
To become a social and behavioural sciences centre of excellence in research and innovation in Africa by 2025..
FSBS: Nothing for society without social science