Intra-Africa Academic Mobility SchemeAcademic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS
Governance and Social Sciences : Anthropology
Name of the HEI offering the course: Moi University (MU)
Type of academic programme: Doctorate
Thematic field of study: Governance and Social Sciences
Title of the academic programme: Anthropology
Duration (in semesters): Four Semesters (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months)
Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 15 – Maximum 27 hours
Objectives (max. 150 words):
(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)
The objectives of the PhD programme in Anthropology are to; Produce high level manpower for institutional management and leadership; Train learners to acquire analytical Anthropological skills to undertake scientific research, consultancy and development interventions; Equip learners with the highest levels of knowledge, analytical skills and personality for academic career. This programme imparts specific sets of knowledge, skills and competences that beneficiaries of Academic Mobility shall utilise back home; leadership, project management, fieldwork ethnographic research, consultancy in cultural issues and planning and implementation of context driven community development projects. The Department of Anthropology at Moi University is well suited with a staff capacity of over 8 PhD holders, to benefit students and staff on Academic Mobility flows, hosted at the Department. In addition, this programme is the ideal station for cultural learning and exchanges, since culture is core to what is taught and learned within varied contexts of Anthropology.
Structure and content (max. 400 words):
(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)
The programme is delivered by coursework, examination and thesis using lectures, assignments, group work, discussions, seminars, oral presentations, fieldwork, supervision of research and thesis writing. Both viva/oral and written examinations are undertaken as continuous tests (40%) and end of semester exams (60%). Grades are awarded as Distinction A-75>%, Credit B- 65-74%, Pass C-50-64% and Fail F- <50. The courses in the programme are monitored and evaluated using various tools including examinations moderation, results moderation, and students’ evaluations of course and lecturer, continuous assessment tests and supervision. In addition, quality of the programme is assured through both internal and external moderation, external examination, internal and external audits and by a 3-4 year curriculum review cycle. The programme is in its 4th cycle of review. The programme structure; All coursework is done in the first year in two semesters and the rest of the time is devoted to proposal writing, research, data analysis and thesis writing. The programme has eighteen (18) core and elective courses; ANT 901:Advanced Theory in Anthropology; ANT 902:Methods of Social Science Research and Statistics; ANT 998:Research Seminar; ANT 905:Anthropology in Africa; ANT 906:Cognitive Anthropology; ANT 907:Political Anthropology; ANT 807:Population, Culture and Development; ANT 808:Women’s and Children’s Health; ANT 998: Research Proposal; ANT 904:Theory and Methods in Psychological Anthropology; ANT 908:Culture and Communication; ANT 909:Culture and Health; ANT 910:Gender, Reproductive Health and Fertility; ANT 809:Gender and Development; ANT 812:Community Development; ANT 817: Ethics in Anthropological Research and Practice. We show a sample of one course content; ANT 903: Development Anthropology; Anthropology and development; Theories of social and economic change; Anthropological approaches to development and change; Social, cultural and economic consequences of technological change; The relationship between development and modernization, change and progress; The relevance of capitalism, socialism and dependency and conflict theories to the African context, and Kenya in particular; Application of anthropological theory to case studies of rural economy and society; Factors which influence socioeconomic development; Challenges in planning, implementation and evaluation of development programmes; Utilization of anthropological theory and data in fields such as agriculture, public health, administration and international technical assistance; Case studies of contextual targeted development change. Academic Mobility candidates will benefit from the ethnographic and emic views of development, which are embedded in the themes of this course.
Learning outcomes (max 200 words):
(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)
Learners should are able to; Apply knowledge and competencies in contextual management and leadership. We strongly believe that PhD’s acquired within the African learning environments are best situated to enable holders lead research, management and academia in Africa, because the holders, best understand the African contexts; targeted as reference points during training. Learners are able to; Undertake ethnographic and phenomenological research that call for holistic approaches in understanding human experiences. Undoubtedly, PhD holders with learning and research exposure to African research environments are on demand to steer informed sustainable development for Africa. This Anthropologist should interpret best, development interventions that match needy African contexts to make the interventions for development, both relevant and sustainable. Academic Mobility beneficiaries to this programme thus, should be able to lead individual and institutional holistic research agenda and implementation, viable for their nations and regions. As a matter of fact, Africa much needs the top notch Anthropologist to steer context driven community development that is relevant and culturally sensitive and meaningful. The third learning outcome of the programme is; To be able to engage knowledge, analytical skills and capacities in science and academia. This is in response to scientific and academic capacity building for Africa.
Recognition and accreditation obtained:
(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)
The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:
Moi University Senate Approval and Commission of University Education, Kenya Accreditation
Period of validity of accreditation:
Five Years (2014 – 2019)
Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme
Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS
The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.