Faculty of Social & Management Sciences
FACULTY OF SOCIAL & MANAGEMENT SCIENCES
FACULTY COURSES SYNOPSIS
The Faculty of Social & Management Sciences, at the University of Africa at Toru Orua, is, by definition, the space-time where communities and social phenomena are studied and researched. We approach learning as a dynamic process that binds the acquisition of knowledge to the living experiences of persons and societies. Thus, knowing is doing, and it is in doing that we come to understand the relationship between the self and others, the emergence of societies, political systems, organizational paradigms, and governance representations.
We also acknowledge that the Faculty must be one of the preferred enablers of projects that nurture the development of people and communities. It’s vast intellectual, experiential, and human capital, when shared with the involving community, can exert a significant influence on its development. We believe that intellectual labor, community-based research, and management of real situations are the foundations of an education that is not preparation for life, but life itself.
The Faculty of Social and Management Sciences investigates the intersection of business and society. World conditions demand leaders capable of understanding the inherent complexity of an interdependent and highly globalized ecosphere where boundaries dissolve, and challenges emerge. These are some of our main objectives:
- To create a learning experience that fosters the ability to question the world, to think critically and logically about personal and social phenomena, to engage in the processes of social development and change, to understand the complexity of human existence in its social, business, and governmental expressions.
- To expand students’ understanding of the interdependence of a diverse and globalized world. We must be conversant with humanity’s accumulated knowledge, but our schools must not become closed environments focused on dated explanations of life. The world is our classroom, and as such, knowledge becomes an emergent discovery where students confront their understanding of reality with known theoretical approaches.
- To study the inherent interconnectedness between the social and the business sciences. The aim in science is the formulation of strategies of understanding and action that bring about the emergence of a just, equitable, and knowledgeable world.
- To catalyze the development of leaders able to make reasonable decisions in the face of ambiguity. Our world has reached high levels of polarization and experiences the re-emergence of ideologies that have proven to be the harbingers of dehumanizing discrimination and political authoritarianism.
- To promote the emergence of cultures of citizenship that foster personal, social and economic development and peaceful coexistence, as well as the emergence of just, literate, and responsible citizens and communities.
Dean, Faculty of Social
& Management Sciences
Ruben de Freitas Cabral was educated in Portugal, Germany and the United States, having been awarded a Doctorate of Education by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. During his 21 years in the United States Professor Cabral established his professional and civic credentials through his work as an educational administrator, civic leader and community developer.
In 1991 Professor Cabral returned to Portugal, at the behest of the Luso-International Foundation, to establish international private schools that could best meet the needs of an increasingly complex and globalized world. Four such schools were created in Portugal.
Ruben de Freitas Cabral
From 1992 onwards, Professor Cabral was also a faculty member of the Catholic University of Portugal, having coordinated the Master’s degree in Educational Administration. He also lectured at the João de Deus Graduate School of Education and at the Open University of Lisbon.
In 2003 Professor Cabral was appointed Rector (Vice-Chancellor) of the University of Saint Joseph, Macau, China, where he served until 2012. On his return to Portugal he resumed his position as Professor at the João de Deus Graduate School of Education. He is also the President of the Foundation-Museum Mário Botas.
An often-invited speaker, Professor Cabral published numerous articles, and authored several publications, especially O novo voo de Ícaro. Discursos em educação (Icaro’s new flight. Discourses on Education).
Professor Cabral was awarded the Medal for Valor and Merit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Portugal, in 1987, and was made a Commander of the Order of Merit by the President of the Portuguese Republic in 1990.