Welcome to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the Divine Word University (DWU) offers a quality of education in line with Universities’ triple mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement in a Christian environment.
In three different departments the faculty offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program in: PNG Studies and International Relations (PGSIR); Communication Arts (CA) and Social and Religious Studies SRS). The Department of Governance and Leadership that also belongs to FASS, offers its programs through flexible learning (FL) mode. Students enrolled in these programs are adult working students who are required to attend a two-week residential session every semester for the two years’ duration of their studies.
All the programs offered are in line with the Faculty’s commitment to producing quality graduates for the twenty-first century in an active Christian environment within a PNG and Melanesian context.
Starting from 2019, the Department of Social and Religious Studies will offer a four-year two streams program for the Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) and Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies). For the first two years the students will take equal number of units from the social work and religious studies field. After completion of the first two years of study they can choose either social work or religious study program. An exit point will be offered after two years for those who want to finish their education with a Diploma of Arts in Social and Religious Studies. The program has been developed in response to the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) of PNGSI who has identified a need for training and accreditation of Social Workers in PNG. Past CBC Annual General Meetings (AGMs) have encouraged dialogue with DWU towards finding a process by which social workers could be trained and accredited. The aim of the program is to create professionals in social work who are qualified to exert transforming influence in the society through academic teaching, research, community engagement, and social action.
With the theme for 2018 Transformative learning with core values for the digital age DWU starts the second year of the Third Decade Strategic Master Plan (2016-2018) that represents several significant elements regarding its existence in the higher education sector. First of all, it implies that we are moving towards the goal of achieving international standards. Secondly, we adopt changes on a fast pace to achieve that goal. The theme of the current academic year reflects our commitment to bring transformation into the students’ life and through them into as many people as possible to the world of academic knowledge. Transformative learning applies also to the academic and administrative staff not only to the students. With the newly created Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at DWU the staff will benefit from the short training sessions and courses to be professionally prepared and effective in the digital age. The theme invites us to keep in mind the DWU core values which shape our attitudes, strengthen our commitment and evoke meaningful contribution towards reaching our common vision and mission of the University.
Looking back, we can see a number of milestones we have already crossed, and it would not have been possible without our stakeholders, partners, sponsors and benefactors. Our collaboration with them and their support to us have substantially contributed to the development of DWU and our faculty. Along with them, our staff and students of the past have worked hard in making this institution in its present form.
We are rightfully proud of our faculty for the achievements we made in the recent past. Among those achievements, it should be highlighted that a total of 142 students graduated this year, in March, 2018. Out of these 142 graduates, one received an award as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and 31 students graduated with a Master’s degree. Another achievement is that besides three Master’s programs and six undergraduate programs including the English language program, the faculty has currently three accredited external academic programs, namely, Diploma in Customs Studies (DCS), Diploma in Justice Administration (DJA), and Diploma in Pastoral Ministry.
The faculty’s Operational Plan for 2018 based on the university’s third decade strategic master plan is centered on the DWU Core Values which provide the philosophical, intellectual and ethical foundations of WHY and HOW we do things at DWU, and at the faculty and department levels. Based on the Operational plan, we are planning to develop and offer short courses on various topics this year and revive a Pidgin online course.
Let me conclude with the words: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but it is low and we reach it” (Michael Angelo). Let us aim high while transforming our students and staff to become agents of change for Papua New Guinea moving this beautiful country towards the goal of achieving international standards and responding to the challenges of the digital age.
May God bless us and all our endeavors,
A/Prof Dr. Miriam Dlugosz, SSpS
A/ Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences