The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work.

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Dealing with Unemployment in South Africa: Research and Intervention - 13 to 14 September 2018

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Social scientists to reimagine the future

“Social scientists hold the key to imagining and realising an alternative future, not only for South Africa but for the world. Through social sciences we are offered the opportunity to open up debate, to collaborate and ulti...Read article

Excellent workshop on developing support for learning needs

On 9 and 10 July 2018, Optentia presented a workshop on different topics about the identification, assessment and support of learners on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), behaviour management, differentiated instruction, as well...Read article

Studying the plight of the unemployed: From hope to apathy

We often see them standing on street corners or walking from business to business in the hope of being employed. The question is: do we really know what these unemployed people go through every day? Click Read article

Work addiction is a reality in the 21st Century

Organisational interventions should aim to help young adults and managers to suppress and inhibit workaholic tendencies and maintain a positive work-life balance. This is what Prof. Cecilie Schou Andreassen from the Universit...Read article

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Upcoming events



BaSSREC (Ethics) Meeting
Applications submitted: 12 July 2018 - 12:00



Short Learning Programme: Research Methodology
Please contact: marinda.malan@nwu.ac.za to book your place