On behalf of the FACULTY of Arts and Social Sciences I wish to welcome all of you to the new Academic Year 2023. A special welcome to the new staff members and to the first year students as they try to find their ways and feel at home in our academic environment. I also wish to welcome the returning staff and students after the time of regaining energy for the new tasks and responsibilities ahead of us in 2023.
The theme for the DWU academic year 2023 is: “The end of all knowledge should be service to others”. The quotation comes from Cesar Chavez, a Mexican American labour leader and activist inspired by Catholic Social Teaching. He himself was not a highly educated man; he finished his education in grade 8. However, he believed in the non-violent approach to life and shared his conviction that by joining hands, we can do it. Thus, he inspired many people of different convictions, cultures and levels of education to be agent of change for the good of all. The theme of the year goes well with the DWU vision:
"To be the leading university, in the Catholic tradition, committed to integral human development in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Region."
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) consists of four Departments: Department of Communication Arts (Journalism); Department of Papua New Guinea and International Studies, Department of Social and Religious Studies that fro 2019 offers two programs: BA of Social and Religious Studies and BA of Social Work and Department of Governance and Leadership (Flexible Learning Mode). FASS opens opportunity to all who seek transformation of one’s own personality on spiritual and intellectual level to contribute towards the positive development of the society. Here we can find the answer to our own questions, such as: How can our society become a better place to live for the future generations? FASS attunes the students to the social issues and to the acute cry of society. Here they learn to set their life-goals, to think critically, to identify issues, seek the solutions and inspire others as well...
I wish you all Staff and Students to develop within yourself the academic curiosity to know more, to learn something new and to become good scholars who empower people to believe that we CAN bring the change about. Right education and life-skills open up the opportunity to earn a quality living but our religious traditions prompt us to share our knowledge in ways that benefit others in our society. The theme of the current academic year inspires us to take action and to reach out to settlements and villages. Let us wish each other that the study time at DWU inspires and transforms our attitudes and approach to life and that the ways of Christ that we stand for, become our ways of life. Let us strive to create a society that secures “gutpela sindaun” for the people of Papua New Guinea and the world around us.
I wish you a blessed and successful academic year 2023!
Associate Professor Miriam Dlugosz SSpS
Dean of FASS
VISION & MISSION
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a Multidisciplinary Faculty in the Quest for Excellence, Committed to producing Quality Graduates for the Twenty First Century.
The mission of the Faculty is to advance the student experience in the Social Sciences, Communication Arts, Social Welfare Studies and Religious Education and Ethics in a Christian environment. The Faculty is committed to serving the Divine Word University’s triple mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement, as articulated in the following objectives:
Learning and Teaching
- Align Faculty learning and teaching activities with the DWU Learning and Teaching Plan.
- Align the Faculty undergraduate and postgraduate programs with the overarching DWU Second Decade Strategic Plan, PNG Vision 2050, PNG DSP 2030, MTDGs, and HE Plan III.
- Deliver quality education in the various disciplines of philosophy and ethics, anthropology and sociology, politics and international relations, public policy, governance and leadership, public relations, communication arts, communication development, journalism, community development and development studies, peace and gender studies, regional and global studies, social welfare, religious studies, religious education, history, climate change, conservation and sustainability studies.
- Regularly engage in curriculum audit and review in line with best international practices.
- Develop three more innovative postgraduate masters programs in the various disciplines of the faculty.
- Increase postgraduate master and doctoral student numbers by 2016.
- Promote learning through diversity of delivery modes, including full time, flexible and online studies for undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
- Integrate the use of advanced ICT media and e-learning knowledge and skills.
- Align faculty research activities with the DWU Research Plan.
- Enrich faculty staff and student knowledge and skills in applied social research and public policy research.
- Acknowledge by promoting, protecting and preserving traditional PNG/Melanesian and Pacific Islands knowledge systems through research.
- Acknowledge other worldviews and to mainstream indigenous research methodologies.
- Engage in best international research practices to build faculty research capacity.
- Promote collaborative research at local, national and international levels.
- Apply sound research ethical practices (when engaging in large-scale academic and consultancy research) in all areas of research.
- Engage in research partnerships with the various sectors of public and private organizations, institutions, and communities.
- Explore entrepreneurial opportunities and enterprising projects to help build and sustain capacity building in the faculty.
- Integrate the concept and practice of community engagement so that it is embedded in faculty learning and teaching and research plans.
- Forge mutual partnerships of Communities of Practice with the industry and the private sector to enable students to gain exposure to workplace experience.
- Explore avenues for faculty staff and students to engage in professional organizations of knowledge sharing and exchange.
- Consolidate, monitor and regulate the activities and contributions of the 2012 approved “Triad Catalyst Consultancy” as a prospective benchmark community engagement project.
- Acknowledge and share research knowledge and other benefits with the local communities that have been engaged as subjects of research and/or whose land and resources have been studied and/or who have assisted in the research projects.
Divine Word University’s Core Values, as articulated in the University Charter and also expressed in its Vision and Mission statements, are at the heart of Divine Word University’s academic and non-academic programs and its philosophy. These values provide a framework for the University’s development and enliven the University's identity, the University’s heritage and its commitment to knowledge for holistic, personal development and social progress.
Integrity- offers to the University the ability to realize the Christian values and maintain the highest academic standards by upholding academic policies. It promotes the University strategic objectives and its Vision by emphasizing holistic education at the University and encouraging a consistency of actions and values.
Academic Excellence – DWU is committed to quality of research, learning and teaching for every individual learner. DWU’s diverse academic faculties with a qualified academic staff, in collaboration with international academics and universities, promote critical thinking for staff and students who are engaged in learning, research, and creativity. Thus, DWU stimulates academic and personal leadership for staff and students with a spirit of ethical values and personal discipline.
Community Engagement/Service – commits the DWU Community to follow the example of the Divine Word to utilize our gifts, talents and abilities to advance the genuine well-being of the people we encounter in our community and the nation.
Respect– the DWU Community respects every person’s dignity, background and potential, and appreciates and respects the right to express diverse ideas with a freedom of academic enquires.
Diversity – the University’s Founders were from a different cultural and social background. Diversity nurtures an international academic community within the university that fosters a culture that is open and welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds, and promotes ideas and perspectives that engages the faculty, staff and students in academic and non-academic activities in an educational environment, and prepares the students to live and work in an international society within a global economy.
Hospitality- at DWU we attend to our daily duties with a spirit of openness and kindness that welcomes new ideas and people with a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs. We receive and value our visitors with divergent ideas and new insights and challenges.
Learning for Life – DWU is committed to providing opportunities to staff and students for personal growth in an environment that supports the development of discipline, ethical decision- making, and personal responsibility.
Social Responsibility - DWU is committed to equity, social justice, and diversity, and maintains the highest standards of integrity in our relationships with others. DWU is an institution that serves as a resource for and stimulus to social, economic, educational, cultural, environmental, and community development in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.
The Faculty is committed to developing quality graduates and will help facilitate the experience of its students as reflective lifelong learners, acting on well-developed Christian, professional and ethical principles. We expect that our graduates will display personal qualities of scholarship and social awareness at local, national and international levels as described in the following eight attributes:
1. Professional knowledge – achieve levels of knowledge and skills appropriate to entering and maintaining employment and to continuing career development in their chosen professional area through their commitment to lifelong learning.
2. Analysis and problem solving – apply their abilities with academic integrity to identify and define problems, exercise informed critical judgment and acknowledge their own limitations in understanding and solving problems.
3. Research – demonstrate independent analytical, critical, logical and creative thinking in systematically identifying and solving problems to establish or to create appropriate new and ethical solutions.
4. Information technology – have experienced the use of archives and libraries and the application of a range of computer software, particularly software appropriate to their disciplinary area, and established receptiveness to the expanding opportunities for electronic technology.
5. Personal development – have been assisted to develop a philosophy of life based on the absolute human dignity of all persons, particularly the disadvantaged, through a commitment to Christian personal and professional ethics.
6. Communication – have excellent communication skills, in written and oral language, and understand and use English as the language of international scholarship as well as respecting the linguistic diversity of PNG.
7. Social Responsibility – accept the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of an education and display willingness to serve the needs of society through application of their disciplinary knowledge and professional skills.
8. Social interaction – demonstrate the ability to work productively, both autonomously and co-operatively, with tolerance, respect and valuing for human diversity, but also with a passionate commitment to truth.
The DWU Second Decade Strategic Plan establishes Five Conditions for Quality Education. They are:
1. Academic, administrative and ancillary staff members are qualified
2. Academic and administrative staff need to be employed in one full time job at DWU to live comfortably with their families
3. Presence of adequate physical, electronic and administrative support
4. Appointment and promotion must be based on merit
5. Academic freedom - constructive criticism of the University and government is encouraged
Integral to these five conditions are seven strategic directions that serve as the framework for the Arts Faculty to develop our programs, activities and various strategies.
The seven objectives are outlined below:
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1: ENHANCING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Given our commitment to producing quality multidisciplinary Arts graduates who will be academically qualified, with life skills, competences and sound philosophy of life based on Christian values,the faculty aims to enhance the academic and nonacademic experiences of our students at DWU in alignment with the Learning and Teaching Plan, as outlined.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2: PROMOTING THE QUALITY OF DISTINCTIVE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The Arts Faculty is aware of, tries to and will continue to respond to the changing needs and demands of the public and private sectors. All faculty academic and nonacademic programs will aim to prepare quality graduates for the future through the diversity of disciplines on offer.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3: SUPPORTING HIGH QUALITY RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
The faculty will support research activities as documented in the DWU Research Plan. The Faculty Research Committee will be responsible for promoting, monitoring and regulation of all undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research profiles that will enhance faculty teaching and learning and in our efforts to contribute to a new body of knowledge. All faculty program specification documents will be annually updated through research as we aspire to establish a culture of research and engage in partnership with both national and overseas researchers.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 4: TO CAPITALIZE ON OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTNERSHIPS
The Arts Faculty will explore and establish local, national and international partnerships to support or initiate research, learning and teaching, and community engagement opportunities and to provide expertise in consultancy.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 5: OPTIMIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR STAFF
The faculty will support any opportunities to enhance and optimize contributions of faculty staff through recruiting highly qualified and experienced staff, strategic staff development plans to increase qualification levels, and encourage research involvement and pedagogic improvements through in-house staff professional development workshops and training.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 6: MAXIMIZING ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
The Faculty of Arts operates within Divine Word University, a national institution on a continuing quest for excellence through effective, integrated systems and performance management. The faculty needs to contribute to optimizing the output of the University’s talent and capabilities through operating as a single organization with one financial plan, one marketing strategy and one set of funding priorities sharing resources, ICT technologies, staff allocation and admin support to promote collaboration and interaction between faculties, divisions and campuses across the whole University.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 7: MAKING THE MOST OF OUR ASSETS
Staff are the most important asset for any university. The extent to which they maximize the effectiveness of their time and their use of available physical resources determines the overall significance of the Faculty offering. Academic staff and students have to have access to well-equipped laboratories, library with up-to-date textbooks, databases, research monographs and journals. DWU endeavors the employment of modern information technologies and the use of state-of-the-art physical and operational technologies.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
NATIONAL PARTNERS - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
LOCAL PARTNERS - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) has a working research committee consisting of member representatives from its four (4) departments (PNG Studies and International Relations – Mr Waka Tosa, Communication Arts – Dr Kevin Pamba, Social and Religious Studies – Associate Professor Miriam Dlugosz and Governance and Leadership – Mr David Glama), two full time Professors – Professor Maretta Kula Semos (Professor of Humanities), Professor Pat Gesch (Professor of Anthropology) and the Vice President Research and Postgraduate Studies.
- Book of Abstracts
- FASS Students' Research Database
- Current Research Staff
- Faculty Research Conversation
- Research Projects
- 4.2.1 Assessing Community Lifestyle choices – Research collaboration between Centre for Social Research DWU and the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University – A proposal on Reducing Biodiversity Threats By Empowering YUS Communities to Make Informed Lifestyle Choices in the Kabwum District in the Morobe province has been submitted for a US project grant under the Lukautim Graun small grants submission. DWU staff involved in this project are: Associate Professor Kylie McKenna, Ms Leonie Baptiste and Ms Lorelle Yakam. Western Sydney university staff are: Dr Hannah Sarvasy and Professor Katherine Gibson and Mr. Gabriel Porolak (University of Papua New Guinea/James Cook University).
4.2.2 Qualitative research workshop – This year, Associate Professor Kylie McKenna from the Centre for Social Research in collaboration with the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLT) will be conducting a qualitative research workshop for staff in FASS – 12 people have registered their interest in attending. (Associate Professor Miriam Dlugosz, Ms Deborah Pranis - CA, Mr Gordian Kuias - PGIR, Mr Steven Gimbo - CA, Mr Bernard Yegiora - PGIR, Ms Loretta Hasu - PGIR, Mr Francis Mahap - SRS, Mr David Glama - DGL, Mr Vincent Keto - SRS, Mrs Alison Kintau - CA, Ms Michaelyn Vamilat – CA, Mrs Lorraine Morlin – DGL.) This workshop was initially planned to be delivered in April this year, it was rescheduled to July and rescheduled again to the end of this year.