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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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Outcomes of the CHE National Review of the LLB degree
2017-04-18

The Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) participated in the 2016 national curriculum review of the LLB degree in 2016. This review was conducted under the auspices of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and had, as its purpose, the evaluation of the extent to which the four-year LLB degree meets its objectives.

The draft report that was issued to the UFS Faculty of Law indicated that, although the degree largely meets most of the standards for the qualification, the primary concern of the CHE regarding the programme is the number of credits students are required to complete for the degree.

Based on CHE credit limits for programmes, the LLB degree programme is too overloaded for a four-year programme. The CHE thus requires the faculty to address its concerns.

As the faculty had already indicated that the current LLB curriculum be replaced with a new one before the CHE review, it has already started with a recurriculation process and will be able to supply the CHE with a strategy and implementation plan to address its concerns by mid-October 2017, as requested.

 

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