Traditionally Black Universities in South Africa Have Hundreds of Students Enrolled in Sociology But Very Few Instructors in the Discipline

A survey by the South African Sociological Association has found vast persisting disparities in the level of sociology faculty at the nation’s traditionally white higher educational institutions compared with the universities that were exclusively for black students during the apartheid era.

The survey found that at the University of Zululand, there are three full-time staff members for 593 students enrolled in sociology courses.

At the University of Venda, there are three full-time staff members for 663 sociology students.

Even more extreme is the situation at the University of Limpopo. At this university there are 910 students taking sociology classes but there is only one full-time instructor and two part-time lecturers.