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LA Hagemeier



BA (Hons), MA (WITS)


Louise Hagemeier is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. Her primary interest has been in content and skills teaching in Sociology. During the over twenty years she spent at Wits University she subsequently taught students in a number of arenas, including Unisa’s Varsity College, various Access for Success and Foundation programmes, short course collaborations with the trade union movement and the City of Johannesburg, and the Wits undergraduate and postgraduate modular programmes. Together with her colleague, Dr Kariuki, she was the winner of the prestigious Faculty of Humanities and university-wide Vice Chancellor’s Team Teaching award in 2003. Her teaching areas include classical and contemporary sociological theory, development theory, South African history, poverty, social inequality, health and research methods. Since her appointment at Unizulu in 2020 she has been given the opportunity to extend this repertoire to include industrial relations and labour law. She is co-author of X-Kit Undergraduate Sociology (2006), an innovative introductory Sociology textbook, and is currently working as both author and academic editor on an adaptation for the South African market of the leading United States and international Sociology textbook by JJ Macionis. In service to the discipline and to higher education in the country, she has performed a number of roles, including as workshop panelist on item development and standard setting for the National Benchmark Tests commissioned by Higher Education South Africa (HESA), as external reviewer of the Education Development Unit in Humanities at the University of Cape Town, as Council member of the South African Sociological Association, among others. She served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the Wits Faculty of Humanities from 2008 – 2010. Her current research interests include decolonial theory, ageing in the Global South and changing conceptions of the body in the face of illness.

Research Interests

  • Pedagogy in Sociology
  • Ageing in the Global South
  • Social Inequality