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.
In 2019 the Department of Social and Religious Studies started a new program, a four-year two streams program for the Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) and Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies). The academic year 2020 is the second year of this new program. For the first two years the students 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. 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 2020 It is in giving that we receive FASS aims for a higher standard of innovative application of technology to improve learning and teaching that awakens in the students an authentic academic curiosity. The theme of the current academic year invites us all to a generous commitment to work towards student transformation on the personal and academic level and to reach out through them into as many people as possible. 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.
We are rightfully proud of our faculty for the achievements we made in the recent past. We have a total of 157 graduates this current year (March, 2020). Out of these 157 graduates, there are 71 students with BA of undergraduate studies and 86 of FL, post-graduate programs. 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 2020 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.
Let us aim high, while we share generously our knowledge and skills we are transforming our students and staff to become agents of change for Papua New Guinea and by moving this beautiful country on the international level we are reaching out to the entire world.
May God bless us and all our endeavors,
Associate Professor Sr. Miriam Dlugosz, SSpS
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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.
- PNG Studies & International Relations
- Communication Arts
- Social & Religious Studies
- Governance & Leadership
- Undergraduate Research Project
- Postgraduate Studies
- 2020 Research Conversations
Current (2020) Research
1. Name of researchers: Professor Patrick Gesch and Ms Leonie Baptiste
Title of research: Yu stap we nau? PGIR tracer study.
Update: An ongoing research project that started in late 2018 and is ongoing. It is a department tracer study.
2. Name of researcher: Ms Leonie Baptiste
Title of research: Custom of widowing in Tamigidu village, Morobe province
Update: Has been given clearance by UREC to conduct this study – data will be collected in December 2019.
3. Name of researcher: Ms Leonie Baptiste
Title of research: Addressing Gender Based Violence through Action Research and participatory policy-making at Divine Word University.
Update: In its proposal stage: working in collaboration with Assoc. Prof Kylie McKenna (Centre for Social Research), Dr Patricia Paraide and Ms Grace Warua (Faculty of Education)
4. Name of researcher: Ms Loretta Hasu
Title of research: cemetery study on the war graves in Madang town
Update: research is currently on hold because of unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with Madang town authorities responsible for the up keeping and management of the town cemetery. Aims to continue to pursue this in November this year.
5. Name of researcher: Mr Gordian Kuias
Title of research: 2017, PNG national elections experience in Ambunti Drekikir electorate, East Sepik Province.
6. Name of researcher: Mr Bernard Yegiora
Title of research: The difference between the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).
Update: Writing a 3000 word write up with a focus on how both are working on addressing climate change in the region and which regional platform is best for PNG.
7. Name of researcher: Mr Bernard Yegiora
Title of research: The use of Facebook in teaching and learning. (With Calista Hamadi)
8. Name of researcher: Ms Calista Hamadi
Title of Research: Empowerment through the GESI
policy: Evaluations of the implications of GoPNG GESI (Gender Equity and Social Inclusion) Policy on students and staff of DWU, Madang Campus. (Masters Research Paper)
9. Name of researcher: Ms Calista Hamadi
Title of Research: Women Empowerment, The socioeconomic impact on the lives of women who engage in small scale market: The case of Kranget Fish Market (working in collaboration with Professor Kula Semos)
10. Name of researcher: Mr Waka Tosa
Title of Research: Understanding Male involvement in vasectomy (case study scenario in Madang Province, PNG)
Update: Refining a report for the DWU research journal. - replace this with: “published in 2019 in the November issue of the DWU Research Journal”
11. Name of researcher: Mr Gordian Kuias
Title of research: Addressing Gender Based Violence through Action Research and participatory policy-making at Divine Word University.
Update: In its proposal stage: working in collaboration with Assoc. Prof Kylie McKenna (Centre for Social Research), Dr Patricia Paraide, Ms Grace Warua (Faculty of Education), Ms Leonie Baptiste (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Mr Balinus Helapu (Student Services division)
The department of PNG studies and International Relations has written and submitted a paper titled: Voting in the Bougainville Referendum – the write up is completed and has been submitted to the National Research Institute (NRI).(Authors of the paper: Bernard Yegiora, Waka Tosa, Patrick Gesch, Leonie Baptiste, Maretta Kula Semos, Calista Hamadi, Gordian Kuias and Loretta Hasu.) This paper will be published by NRI after necessary updates are made to it.
Anderson, P., & Kolodziejczyk, I. (2017). Academic Writing: Good writers wanting to be better. Contemporary PNG Studies: DWU Research Journal, 26, 67-79.
Gesch,P. (2017). Varieties of local leadership in three peri-urban communities of Madang. Contemporary PNG Studies: DWU Research Journal, 26,109-120.
Gesch, P. (2017). Thinking along the same lines: Varieties of initiation and varieties of fieldwork in Sepik and Madang. In A.T. von Poser & A. von Poser, Facets of fieldwork: Essays in honor of Jurg Wassmann (pp. 4156). Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter
Other outputs: This section contains information on books, chapters, journal articles and conference papers delivered.
Conference Paper delivered.
Author: Professor Pat Gesch
Name of Paper: Migrations and Visitations; Sacred Sites in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.
Conference: ANU Religion Conference, 2018; Theme: Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives (Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific)
Date delivered: 05-07 April, 2018
Author: Professor Pat Gesch
Name of presentation: 2017 PNG National Elections, Yangoru Saussia.
PowerPoint presented at Port Moresby for ANU
Date delivered: September, 2017(Soon to be written up. There is a proposal to do a Research Journal Issue on the 2017 Election.)
Current (2020) Research
1. Name of researcher: Dr Alphonse Aime
Title of research: Authorship and Authenticity; unwrapping the social and cultural understanding and significance of the garamut.
Update: book chapter is written and is currently going through peer reviewers. Book should be presented in a Conference of the Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) in Hawaii in January 2020 – Dr Aime has been invited to attend this conference.
2. Name of researcher: Mr Patrick Matbob
Title of research: Keeping the Rempi culture alive: How attempts to preserve culture has created a popular form of children’s songs and dances.
Update: This paper was accepted to be presented in Jamaica this year (July). However, Mr Matbob did not go therefore he is rewriting this paper to publish in the DWU research journal.
3. Name of researcher: Ms Rhonda Clement
Title of Research: Alumni Engagement and its role in the development of Papua New Guinean universities.
Update: Collecting literature.
4. Name of researcher: Ms Rhonda Clement
Title of Research: Policy implications of the current status of Sex Education in tertiary education in Papua New Guinea.
5. Name of researcher: Ms Deborah Pranis
Title of research: TV Journalism and the use of Facebook.
Update: Has just begun and is collecting literature.
6. Name of researcher: Ms Natasha Turia – Moka
Title of research: Madang’s plans to boost its share in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program.
Update: still collecting data. (This research is sponsored by the Australian National University).
7. Name of researcher: Mr Steven Gimbo
Title of research: UNDP, Sustaining peace in Bougainville awareness project
Update: Funding proposal in progress with Associate Professor Kylie McKenna – Centre for Social Research.
1. Name of researcher: Dr Geovanne Bustos
Title of research: The impacts of the Marie Stopes PNG implant contraceptives.Update: Transcription is complete (120 pages) and is currently coding and analyzing
2. Name of researcher: Sr Miriam Dlugosz
Title of research: Under-aged marriages in the Enga Province
Update: is writing her report and will be presenting it in a conference of IAMS (International Assembly for Mission Studies) in Sydney 9-14th July 2020. (Abstract has been sent).
3. Name of researcher: Mr Francis Mahap
Title of research: Devolution of Powers and Service Delivery
Update: working on writing this paper.
4. Name of researcher: Ms Danielle Tenakanai
Title of research: Academic identities (together with Professor Kula Semos, Professor Phillip Gibbs, Professor Jeanette Baird and Mr Peter Nasale.)
5. Name of researcher: Ms Danielle Tenakanai
Title of research: Global approaches to punishment, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Kylie McKenna; Lorelle Yakam; Danielle Tenakanai; Peter Nasale)
|Bustos, G. (2019). Making sense of gutpela sindaun in the light of Christian
ethics. Catalyst 48(2).
Bustos, G. (2019). MELANESIAN INSTITUTE FOR PASTORAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC
Conference Paper delivered.
Author: Associate Prof Sr. Miriam Dlugosz
Name of Paper: Changing perception of the role of the Engan woman in the society today in Enga of Papua New Guinea
Conference: Missiological Symposium at Card. Wyszynski University in Warsaw Chaired by the Department of Missiology of UCSW.
Date delivered: 08th of January 2018
Current (2020) Research
1. Name of researcher: Professor Maretta Kula Semos
Title of research: Academic Identities (together with Professor Phillip Gibbs, Professor Jeanette Baird, Ms Danielle Tenakanai and Mr Peter Nasale.)
2. Name of researcher: Mr David Glama
Title of research: Practices in selecting, developing and managing project teams in community based projects in PNG.
Ethics approval granted by FASS ethics committee: 07 May, 2018
Update: Mr Glama has collected his data and is currently working on organizing his findings/data.
Gibbs, P., & Kale, E. (2017). Completion rates in flexible learning. PNG Studies: DWU Research Journal, 26, 56-66.
Name Research Title
|Fabian Aime||Influences of teacher attitude and behavior display to student learning|
|Sebastian Ume||Contributing factors influencing primary school students not progressing to secondary school: the case of Brown River Primary, Laloki, National Capital District.|
|Anne Efi||The perceptions of adolescent children on the impacts of parental conflicts on their learning: A case study of Veifa’a village, Kairuku, Central Province|
|John Ezekiel||Factors contributing to fewer girls attending primary schools in Upper Jimi Kol LLG|
|Zannah Vuvut||The impact of social media on students’ academic performance: A case study on Popondetta Secondary School, Oro Province.|
|Bilu Kasanda||The quality of the PNG Studies and International Relations Degree: Strengths and Challenges in light of the workforce labour mobility|
|Brendan Edward||Challenges faced by the Divine Word University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduates in securing employment opportunities|
|Annabelle Masiri||Police brutality and the effectiveness of the training of newly recruited police at Bomana Police Training College|
|Ruthy Karakawa||Impact of foreign aid on international students studying in PNG Higher education institutions: The case of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu students at Divine Word University|
|Elijah Numoi||Notions of developing a competent Foreign Service Institute of PNG|
|Ricky Waepka||Perceptions of border security personnel on the impact of illegal smuggling of illicit goods across the PNG-Indonesia border|
|Alexis Esekia||Perceptions and impacts of cyber security and cyber theft on small to medium enterprises and companies in Kokopo Urban/ Vunamami District, East New Britain Province|
|Agnes Russel||The implementation impacts of PNG’s NID system on registered citizens within Alotau Urban LLG|
|Jeremiah Tirang||The impact of climate change on the local population on Karawar Island, East New Britain Province|
|Michael Rambaliku||The impacts of rising sea levels on the people of Kurava Village, Vitu Island, West New Britain Province|
|Ben Amkui||The impediments of socioeconomic development on the Sop-speaking people of Madang Province|
|Zeldah Ngunts||Perceptions of youth and their involvement in agriculture in Kilip village, North Waghi|
|Cathleen Bulda||Betelnut trade and the economic effects on buyers and sellers: A case study on Kaiwe market, Mt Hagen|
|Gela David||Impacts of land scarcity on development and society: the case of SineSine Yongomugle District of Simbu Province|
|Grace Ruin||Factors contributing to the possible extinction of indigenous languages: A study of Divine Word University youth raised in Port Moresby|
|Obed Uneune||People’s perceptions on women contesting the National General Elections in Gahuku and Goroka Urban LLG, Eastern Highlands Province|
|Charmarich Sauto||Women empowerment through the informal economic activity of the ‘Bilum market’, Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province|
|Esther Tobasi||Social effects on the use of implant contraceptive: the case of Ratongor Ward, Gazelle District, East New Britain Province|
|McPhee Tai||Impacts of migration in Kudjip, Jiwaka Province|
|Serah Aupae||Poverty alleviation through livelihood strategies: The case of the Sisiak #3 and Ward 9 Settlements of Madang Urban LLGs.|
Name Research Title
|Henry Karukuru||Secondary students’ perceptions on the impact of education on graduate output in the Lese Region of Gulf Province.|
|Stella Somap||The tuition free policy (TFP) and implications for primary school teachers: The case of Hohola Demonstration School, NCD|
|Benjamin Hembi-du||Perceptions of the community on the role of the Board of Management: A Case Study of Yawasoro Central Primary School, East Sepik Province|
|Felicity Sardo||The impacts of cultural influence on early childhood learning in a rural setting: a study of the ECD schools in the Malala area, Madang Province|
|Josephine Nombri||Perceptions of the Simbu Students at Divine Word University on the impacts of the Simbu Children’s Foundation at the Sir Joseph Nombri Memorial Hospital.|
|Marie Kapun||The perceptions of university students on women’s participation in national politics in PNG|
|Amelia Watch||Perceptions of the fourth year students of Divine Word University on the potential legalization of same sex marriage in Papua New Guinea|
|Patrina Wai||Perceptions on feminism by male staff and students of Divine Word University|
|Hadassah Kil||The changing nature of Ggender roles in PNG and its implications on women|
|Naomi Solien||Societal perspectives on Stay-at-home fathers: A case study of Ensisi Valley, Port Moresby|
|Rhonda Krai||The impact of ethnic differences on community development in Western Highlands Province: A case study of Ralga Village, Mul Buiyer District.|
|Londessa Pupaka||A study of socio-economic development challenges in the face of tribal-warfare in the Pilikambi LLG area in Lagaip-Porgera district of Enga Province|
|Leah Dimuda||The social impacts of sanguma practices in the local community life in Sogeri sub-district.|
|Roselyn Jainona||The cultural implications of the Trobriand Matrilineal System: A case study of Port Moresby based Trobriand Islanders|
|Nancy Murley||The influence of cultural diversity and ethnicity on university student participation in organised activities at Divine Word University|
|Rayanne Nongkas||The Value of traditional music in modern Liksal Village|
|Ray Aigi||The challenges of implementing the National Identity registration in Madang Province|
|Leeannie Conteh||Perceptions of DWU Community members regarding security at Madang Campus.|
|Jordan Amugar||Personal security assessment on the use of Facebook among students at the Lutheran School of Nursing College|
|Alythea Siraba||Cyberbullying and online harassment among Facebook users in Papua New Guinea: The extent it is experienced and how users respond to it|
|Vivaldo Bieb||Human resource capacity constraints to Health Care Service on Karkar Island. A case study in Gaubin Hospital|
|Carol Winuan||The role of informal economy in empowering women of Anglimp South Waghi District in Jiwaka Province|
|Sheren Kinau||Cultural empowerment of women in modern day PNG: A case of female menstrual ritual in Yangoru, East Sepik|
|Thomas Wekia||Language diversity: an impediment to the progress of modern development in the Astrolabe Bay LLG|
|Liza Kabui||Bougainville Peace Agreement: Outcomes of weapons disposal|
|Reuben Bopi||The role of money and corruption: A Case Study of the National General Elections in Koibuga, Tambul-Nebilyer, Western Highlands Province|
|Maku Kerowa||The Political Elections and Lineage System in the Hagen Central Society—A case study on the political behaviours of Ndika, Yamka and Moke tribe in Hagen Urban—Western Highlands Province|
|Justin Kilal||The Perceptions of Men’s Use of the Haus-man system and its influence on voting behaviour in the 2017 national election: A case study of Yangoru-Saussia electorate, East Sepik Province|
|Sedrick Mawa||The Tribal Leadership Governance Structure and influence on the 2017 voting behavior of the Aika community in Tambul Nebilyer District of Western Highland Province (PNG)|
|Shallum Tabea||The management of crime and violence by the Police Service in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville|
Name Research Title
|Dennis Uramani||An analysis of Pacific Solution Policy: As an Australia Foreign Policy approach and its implications on Papua New Guinea's National State Sovereignty and Security.|
|Rachel Rekeken||Socio-cultural and economic impact of traditional land sale: A case study of Astrolabe Bay Local Level Government, Madang Province.|
Name Research Title
|Benita Bagasel||Gender, women and employment: A case study of changing women's professions in Madang Teacherrs College, Lutheran School of Nursing anf Madang Technical College.|
|Br. Michael Pendekos MCS||An investigation into cult practices in Secondary Schools: A case study of Tusbab, Malala and De La Salle.|
|Fidelis Pari||DWU rangers security service at DWU since 2010: Analyzing the effectiveness of an in-house security service using the Human Security Model.|
|Fidelis Sukina||PNG's image overseas through Mass Media: An investigation into Nationalistic and Patriotic thinking by tertiary students in Divine Word University and Madang Teachers College.|
|Gerald Jazh Robinson||An investigation into good governances in Papua New Guinea: Comparative study of Kokopo Vunamami Urban LLG and Madang Urban LLG.|
|Geraldine Neam Lokain||Cultural and traditional practices and the impacts of globalisation: A case study of diminishing native languages of Gotomi and Okiufa Villages in Eastern Highlands Province.|
|Gilman Gumari||Papua New Guinea and Indonesian Cross Border Trade: Analysis of the effect of cheap Indonesian market on the economic activities and wellbeing of local Papua New Guinea citizens in Vanimo.|
|Hilda-marie Laloa Magun||Ramu Nickel and the Deep Sea Tailings: Environmental protection or environmental vadalism?|
|Ingrid Kuman||Political and Constitutional Impasse in Papua New Guinea from August 2nd 2011- July 2012: An analysis of tertiary students perception in Divine Word Unversity and the University of Papua New Guinea.|
|Jack Klomes||The Julian Moti issue: Public scandal or a tool for Australia's Foreign Policy of the Pacific.|
|Justin Taper||Alcohol, cigarettes, and mobile phone: Analysis of global products and culture change in Madang Province.|
|Linda Karo||Asian illegal immigration into Papua New Guinea: A case study of impacts on national security and national sovereignty.|
|Lisa Punau||Brain drain, development and globalisation in Manus Province: Perceptions of Manus students in Divine Word University and Madang Technical College.|
|MacLay Lamang||Causes and effects of sex trade in the RD fishing site (Vidar).|
|Nathan Matbob||Boi (Boi man/Boi stret): Investigating the social formation of this concept and its influence on young male youths in Madang Town.|
|Racheal Ningi||Gender-based violence in the local community: A case study of women and girls in the DCA Settlement, Madang Province.|
|Stephanie Aisi||Melanesian Cargo Cult movements: An investigation into students perception of Cargo Cult in Contemporary PNG: A case study of MTC and DWU students.|
|Suckling Gi Salai||Investigating reasons impeding delivery of government goods and services: A case study of Gama and Arabaka Rural LLGs along Ramu River, Madang Province.|
|Theodore Aihi Oa||The impacts of Climate Change on subsistence food production in Papua New Guinea: A case study of Waima Village in Central Province and Krangket Island in Madang Province.|
|Thomas Warr||Pacific Marine Industrial Zone and the people of Rempi and Kananam: Investigation into Shared Partnership/Benefits and Sustainable Development.|
|Wendy Bai Magea||HIV/AIDS and literacy: A case study of the implementation of the National HIV and AIDS Strategy (NHS) 2011-2015 in West New Britain Province.|
|Edwin Fidelis||How is blogging changing the perception of journalism in Papua New Guinea.|
|Sonia Kenu||The impact of Facebook on Papua New Guinea users.|
Name Research Title
|Jimmy Mai||Lack of effective service delivery into the settlements: A case study in Madang Province.|
|John Nekints||Police brutality and human rights abuse in Papua New Guinea: A case study in Madang.|
|Richmond Nongkas||Women and mining in Lihir Island of New Ireland Province: A case study of how women and young girls took up the challenge to face a changing lifestyle of mine life in New Ireland Province.|
|Sr. Joan Takin.m.s.c.||The voices of women in a patriarchy society: A case study of Ningerum Tribe-Western Province.|
|Agatha Pio||Media and culture: Impact of culture industries on consumers, a case study on the mall culture of Vision City Mega Mall.|
|Eva Maria Kuson||The representation of good governance news in PNG press.|
|Isaiah Manish Igish||Shaping HIV & AIDS communication using films and community action.|
|Jeremy Pita Inifiri||Representation of persons with speech and hearning impairments in the Solomon Star newspaper.|
Name Research Title
|Abraham Zana Riyong||A case study on the Developmental Services and Problems faced by squatter settlers in Madang Town.|
|Bridgette Zintha Nomoreke||Do adult students from divorced families still keep close contact with both parents: A case study of adult children in Divine Word University in 2009.|
|Clara Bolkun Aglua||MDG 5 Target one, reducing maternal mortality: A case study of Goglme Health Center- Simbu Province.|
|Connie Frances Tauledo||Papua New Guinea's Vision 2050 The views of tertiary students in PNG: A case study on students from the Divine Word University and the Papua New Guinea University of Technology.|
|Dora Siddy Dagam||Alcohol consumption in Madang Urban Area: A case study in Kalibobo, New Town, Divine Word and Govt. Store.|
|Esther J. Basse||Case study on the confessions of workaholics. What causes it? Urban Madang perspectives: In particular the Madang Urban employed workers and Divine Word University students.|
|Fr. Steven Lugabai||A case study on the primary school teacher's terms and conditions in Madang Urban Schools.|
|Gloria Makapi Jade Nema||Socioeconomic impacts of single parenting: A case study of single mothers in Madang Town.|
|Karmel Miri Samuel Kepuknai||A study on accomodation problems for employees in Urban Madang.|
|Lee Marava Jr.||A case study of the challenges and problems of Westminster System in the Multi-Cultural Society of Papua New Guinea.|
|Linda Limi||Social and economic impacts of the informal sector on young people: A case study in Urban Madang.|
|Magdalene R. Tara||Governance, students and Madang: A case study of the perception of good governance among Primary School students in Urban Madang.|
|Marie Stella Martin||Maritime safety within Madang Waters: A case study of NMSA's roles and effectiveness and small craft users in Madang waters.|
|Marthalina Sinaki||Madang women in business: A case study on the participation of women in the urban informal sector.|
|Melissa Louise Kembol||The law and liberty: A comparative study on the effectiveness of practice directions of the Interim Protection Order for victims of family and sexual violence in Port Moresby and Mt. Hagen cities.|
|Mildred May Konji||A case study into perceptions of unemployment benefits for the people of Papua New Guinea in Urban Madang|
|Petueli Petueli||The PNG LNG Project, employment and public servants: A case study of public servants in Madang Town.|
|Ruth Ewota Ewebi||The effects on the transition of Elementary to Primary school: A case study of vernacular education in Madang.|
|Sioni Ruma||Proficient and quality teacher education in teacher education institutions and colleges: A case study of Madang Teacher's College and Primary Schools in Madang Town.|
|Valentine Kapak||The rural water supply programme in Manus Province: A case study on the impact of rural water supply in Pelipowai Village in Manus Province.|
|Venessa Manga||Should Tok Pisin and PNG ways be integrated into the contemporary governing systems of Papua New Guinea?|
|Almanzo Matbob||The impact of the media on DWU students' perceptions on the Maladina Amendments|
|Althea Alexandra Masi||Media literacy in Divine Word University.|
|Anthony Kaybing||Newsroom culture: NBC Madang case study|
|David Kasei Wapar||Radio as a tool for health awareness: A case study of Radio Madang & the recent Cholera outbreak|
|Dennis Orere||The television sports effect: A case study of DWU students watching televised NRL games.|
|Elaine Vaina||Representation of PNG men in the New Age Women magazine.|
|Lavinia Pius Mul||Information gap on Carbon Trade in PNG: A case study of the Palambala people of Western Highlands Province.|
|Melissa Warbua||Is the media reporting of development stories helping to promote hand-out mentality?|
|Michelle Jerewai||Bridging information gap between the agricultural extension agents and farmers: A case study of Boroi Village in Bogia, Madang Province.|
|Misiel Brandon Jonah||Teaching and learning with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Divine Word University.|
|Noel Berry||Media advocacy on major crime stories in PNG: The recapture of William Nanua Kapris|
|Serafhina Gigira Aupong||The impact of the PNG press on ethnic conflict: A case study of the Manam and Bogia conflict.|
|Shirley Mauludu||Communicating the message of Climate Change in Papua New Guinea: A case study of the Kranget islanders in Madang.|
Name Research Title
|Christopher Tabel||Bridging today and tomorrow: Communication gaps between the PNG daily press (The National) and the National Department of Education (NDOE) on the National Education Reform.|
|Cyril Akuani||Public opinion of the proposed women's bill.|
|Deborah Kopana||The impact of radio on the Mare community|
|Dorothy Alexandra N’Drinou Pilon||Level of knowledge of development projects in rural areas: A case study of the level of knowledge of local people along the North coast of Madang on the proposed Pacific Marine Industrial Zone Priject|
|Douglas Marau||Representation of Sogavare in the Solomon Islands press.|
|Elizabeth Tama||The information gap on the causes and treatment of mental illness among the educated youths of Papua New Guinea: Case study of Divine Word University students|
|Janet Manihui Rowaro||PNG media's campaign on women's issues: Does it have an impact on the PNG men?|
|Noella Geri Wavu||Extending the frontiers of sexual and reproductive health education in Papua New Guinea: A case study of Bahor Primary School.|
|Susan Kania||Representation of NGOs in the PNG press.|
|Tanya Lahies||"Em samting blo ol lain lo taun tasol" (HIV testing is only for people in town): A case study in Petats, Bougainville|
|Verolyn Kolaia Nombri||The effectiveness of using PNG power band music on awareness campaign on social issues.|
Name Research Title
|Bonnie Monovi Abola||The effectiviness of communication and networking between stakeholders & gender based violence survivors|
|Bosorina Robby||The impact of television ads on the PNG audience: Foreign content ads as shown on EMTV.|
|Daniel Asang||The communication of Christian leadership and it's perception in the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF) Student Ministry.|
|Deborah Jane Moses||The impact of awareness campaigns on opinions: A case study of the impact of Bismark Ramu Groups campaigns on the Kananam people.|
|Dorcas Tindri||Communication gaps between researchers agents and farmers.|
|Elijah Diulo Elijah||Internet usage by Divine Word University students|
|Jeffrey Elapa||Pasim tok- A dialogical approach in conflict resolution and reconciliations: The Southern Highlands context.|
|Judith Mameri||Representation of elites in business by the PNG press.|
|Salome Vincent||Disaster communication for vulnerable islands: The Muschu Island case study|
|Stephanie Gimo||Keeping Moti in the public eye. How the media kept the Moti issue alive.|
|Tony Jack Manab||Socio-economic impacts of dependents living with the employed in Madang Town: A case study of 10 households in Nabasa and Kalibobo Surnurbs in Madang Town.|
Name Research Title
|Anisah Issimel||Radio as a partner to the government in rural development: A case study of Radio Madang|
|Barbara Sakaiya||Tourism in the Papua New Guinea Press|
|Georgina Namba Tumu||Representation of Asian investments in the PNG Press|
|Glenda Popot||Family violence in the PNG Press|
|Henry Yamo||HIV/AIDS awareness message in Tok Pisin: Benefit or barrier?|
|James Laraki||Bridging the information gaps between researchers, farmers, policy-makers and development agents|
|Josephine Mann||Does the Papua New Guinea Press focus more on the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS?|
|Josephine Yaga||Rugby league in the PNG media|
|Melly Onduk Steven||Representation of serious crime in the Papua New Guinea press.|
|Natasha Bodger||Effectiveness of the media in promoting the limited preferential voting system.|
|Pius Mon||PNG press coverage of arms build-up in the Highlands Region: Case study of Western Hughlands Province|
|Renagi Katiola Taukarai||The influence of Western media & Western media product consumption on Divine Word University students, Papua New Guinea|
|Ruth Moiam||Print media's relationahip with elite groups in Papua New Guinea|
|Veronica Konia Aure||The coverage of sorcery and witchcraft in the PNG Press|
Name Research Title
|Loa Tonia||The negative behaviour of students in Madang tertiary institutions: A study on student behavious awareneness.|
|Celestine Ove||Negative press coverage in Papua New Guinea.|
|Clive Hawigen||ICT and rural development: The Ambunti case study.|
|Esther C. Sibona||Higher education in the PNG press.|
|Evah Loloh Kuamin||Representation of AusAid in the PNG press.|
|Helen Aitsi||Print media and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea|
|Jacob Kaka||Public opinion in Papua New Guinea (On planning and rural development).|
|Martha Ginau||Australian press coverage of PNG.|
|Netas Kweitron||Impact of media in rural communities in PNG: A case study on the Okisai abd Blackwara communities|
|Robert Luke Iroga||Media and post-conflict: The media's contribution to peace in post conflict Solomon Islands.|
|Sandra Nigu||PNG's press coverage of the National Elections.|
|Leonie Baptiste||Parental backgrounds and its impact on the educational performance of students at DWU.|
|Yvonne A. Haip||Settlers and urban poverty in the PNG Press|
|Yvonne Nassain Ngutlick||Children's representation in the PNG press.|
|Peter Kabui||A study on spouse beating in Madang Town.|
Name Research Title
|Barbara Kepa||Mining, sustainable development and information dissemination: A case study of Ok Tedi and surrounding community.|
|Brenda Peter Cangah||Factors influencing HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns through the media: A case study of Western Highlands Province.|
|Bridgette Mina Komatep||Media disaster coverage: A case study on Manam Volcanic Eruption.|
|Dorcas Sawan||Government and citizen communication in Papua New Guinea.|
|Geraldine Vilakiva||Media and grassroots communication: A case study of the Wantok Newspaper.|
|Lester Hakalits||Media and conflict: A case study on the Bougainville conflict media coverage.|
|Kritoe Keleba||A survey of residents' perceptions on "Break and Enter" in two surburbs in Madang Town: Comparative analysis of break and enter in Nabasa and Nicholi Maclay Surburbs.|
Name Research Title
|Bettyrose Marylue Sesiguoc||Infrastructure deterioration: An investigation of government infrastructure and its impact on basic services efficiency in Ambenob Local Level Government Council Madang District.|
|Joseph Sapiep Rainbubu||Being a study of conflict resolution strategies: Custom law and village courts in Siroi Area Raicoast, Madang Province.|
|Nancy Warkia||Disability awareness in PNG: Local beliefs of children with disabilities in Madang.|
|Rebecca Emori||The changing domestic economy in Papua New Guinea: A case study of changes in the economy of Bilbil and yabob villages in Madang Province.|
|Aaron English||The Papua New Guinea press and national development: A content analysis of two National daily newspapers.|
|Aloysius Aisi||The impact of large-scale logging on local communities and eco-forestry.|
|Andrew Peri Alphonse||Community media and its potential impact on law and order issues in the Southern Highlands Province. A case study of NBC Radio SHP.|
|Brigitte Baki||Influence of media language on PNG culture.|
|Christine Manlel||The use on information in rural development- A case study in Madang.|
|Jeremy Mark||Media's role in girls education in Papua New Guinea: A Madang case study.|
|Joshua L. Kais||Forming national culture and identity: Role of the media in a diverse nation.|
|Linda Sataro||The effectiveness of NBC Radio Madang.|
|Marlene Samar||PNG media representation of PNG women: A content analysis of New Age Woman magazine.|
|Mary Catherine Mackson||Mass media and violence, how the media portrays violence in PNG: A comparative analysis of violence news in PNG's two national dailies- The Post Courrier and The National.|
|Steven Busin||The PNG Information and Communication Policy and Print Media Ownership - An analysis.|
Name Research Title
|David Kindak Gera||Settlement eviction issues in Madang March 2003. Squatter settlement: A hindrance to socioeconomic development in Madang Town.|
|Eva IVARA||A study of the changing gender roles in Papua New Guinea. A case study: The changing role of the man in Madang Town.|
|Josephine Mill||An investigation into juveniles' law and justice in Madang Province|
|Moses Angasa||The emerging rural economy: A case study analysis of small-scale businesses in Kein in Madang Province|
|Paul Petrus||A study on the factors that hinders socioeconomic development in contemporary rural societies: A case study in Gumas Village in Mt. Hagen.|
|Helen Tuka||Media coverage on women and youth issues in PNG.|
|Annette Sete||Is the media in Papua New Guinea reporting enough on women's issues?|
|Kingston Namun||The Post Courier, the National and the Primary Education Reform - the Madang perspective. A case study of how print media treats education news in Papua New Guinea.|
|Melissa Veressa Tuawara Fairi||An investigation into the National and the Post Courier newspaper's coverage on prostitution in Papua New Guinea|
|Priscilla Winfrey||The media's role in the issue of Papua New Guinea's lack of maintaining its government-owned buildings.|
Name Research Title
|Amunda Tonade||Local Level Governments: A study on Madang District Local Level Governments.|
|Janet Vincent||Education reform: A case study on bridging classes in Madang Province-2002.|
|Jaqueline Pil||Provision of government services in urban areas. A study on the reseidential areas in Madang Urban not being provided the basic government services: A case study of the administration compound in Madang.|
|Maria Mala Huaniangre||Child labour in Admin Compound and Banana Camp (Madang Province).|
Name Research Title
|Debrah Paijo||"Em spak pinis": Consumption of alcohol and its effects on family life in Yabob Community, Madang.|
|Genevieve Anne-Merrie Arai Itta||My clan my home: Social impact of the Bougainville Crisis on traditional leadership in the Nasioi area of Central Bougainville 1989-2001.|
|Joseph Eugene Lakane||Culture of conflicts: A comparative study in resolving conflicts in Enga and the Sisiak Settlement in Madang.|
|Shane C. Klink||Inner cries: A study of the discrimination towards women in the Comworks Community, Wewak, in the East Sepik Province.|
Name Research Title
|Borgia Sinato||Peace and reconciliation in Bougainville.|
|Kia Henry Nema||Case study: Divine Word University Clinic.|
|Paul Kapa||Reform in education. Elementary education: A study of the difficulties faced by selected elementary schools in and around Madang Town.|
|Tatias L Ataleng||Youth and alcohol: A case study on Bolivip youngsters.|
Doctor of Philosophy (currently (2020) studying)
Name: Mr Cliff Kiru
Topic: Socioeconomic Responses to Political Changes in Postcolonial Societies: from the Perspectives of Mendi and Nembi of Southern Highlands Province.
Supervisors: Associate Professor Iwona Kolodziejczyk and Professor Phillip Gibbs.
PhD Confirmation Seminar – held on 12th September, 2019.
Current status: Conducting field research.
|Friday 21st February||3-5pm||SPBA||PGIR Department||Voting in the Bougainville Referendum|
|Friday 27th March||3-5pm||SPBA||Associate Professor Kylie McKenna||Bougainville Referendum|
|Friday 24th April||3-5pm||SPBA||Mr Patrick Matbob||China Alternative: Changing the regionaL order in the Pacific Islands|
|Friday 24th July||3-5pm||SPBA||Associate Professor Kylie McKenna||The social perspectives of different age and gender groups in Jiwaka, PNG|
|Friday 14th August||3-5pm||SPBA||Associate Professor Miriam Dlugosz||Under aged marriages in the Enga province|
|Friday 30th October||3-5pm||SPBA||Dr Alphonse Aime||Communication (TBC)|