A masters student in UKZN’s School of Applied Human Sciences presented a paper at the International Political Sciences Association (IPSA) World Congress in Poland.
Mrs Kenalemang Nkwoji, who is currently doing her master’s degree at the Centre for Communication Media and Society (CCMS), compiled the paper as part of her research for her thesis.
The paper is titled: “Attitudinal Change and Behavioural Rehabilitation of Youth in Conflict with Law: Lessons from the film Tsotsi”.
‘The paper is drawn from my current masters study,’ said Nkwoji. ‘It is based on preliminary findings from data I collected through in-depth one-on-one semi-structured interviews with eight juvenile offenders between the ages of 14-17. The offenders were able to express how the film Tsotsi is applicable in their personal lives, and some divulged personal matters such as murders that they had committed as well as indicating that they were gang members.
‘I focused on the specific subject because I selected one of the objectives of my research that was particularly in line with the theme of the conference,’ said Nkwoji.
Nkwoji also said attending seminars and colloquia offered within the CCMS and the School of Applied Human Sciences steered her in the direction of getting international exposure as she had presented a paper at the 2015 School of Applied Human Sciences Post Graduate Annual Conference.
‘I submitted my abstract for the IPSA world congress and several months later, I received an email that my abstract had been approved.’
Nkwoji says she was honoured to get the opportunity as she received encouraging feedback from the Congress. She thanked her supervisor and co-author, Dr Lauren Dyll, for her unrelenting support, the National Research Foundation (NRF) for the travel grant and UKZN.
‘Research is not an isolated process - your supervisor is your mentor and your coach. Academic pursuits require a student who is flexible, tenacious, not afraid to ask questions, and who interacts with others. Additionally, the student must be teachable and humble; be open to corrections and critique and remember that hard work pays off,’ said Nkwoji.