Intra-Africa Academic Mobility SchemeAcademic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS
Governance and Social Sciences : History
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: History
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 PhD in History programme enables students to specialize in diverse areas of history. It covers a number of themes that relate to the history of Kenya, Africa and other parts of the world. Also included, are specific courses on the philosophy and theory of history and research methodology. The specific objectives of the programme are to; Produce graduates with the highest level of expertise in the discipline of history; Equip students with research skills and an analytical mind that will enable them to advance the frontiers of historical factual knowledge; Enhance students’ ability to disseminate knowledge through teaching, research and publications; Enhance students’ appreciation of the role of historical culture in society. Societies build on histories. The programme exposes the Academic Mobility candidate to histories of Kenya, Africa and the world that enable learners to view present and future trends in sustainable socioeconomic development from a retrospective foundation.
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 and supervision of research and thesis writing. Both 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 structure; Coursework is done across three semesters and the rest of the time is devoted to proposal writing, research, data analysis and thesis writing. The programme mounts seventeen (17) core and elective courses; HIS 913: Economic Integration in Africa; HIS 916: Political Economy in Historical Perspective; HIS 920: Kenya’s Historiography; HIS 926: Conflict and Conflict Transformation; HIS 910: History and Theory; HIS 911: Problems in African History; HIS 912: Special Topics; HIS 914: The Slave Trade in African History; HIS 915: Gender and African History; HIS 917: Research Proposal I; HIS 921: Seminar in Kenya’s History; HIS 922: Comparative Studies in Imperialism and Nationalism in Africa and Asia; HIS 923: Aspects of Latin American History Since the15th Century; HIS 924: History of World Economic Systems; HIS 927: Africa’s Relations with Russia and Eastern Europe Since 1945; We present sample content of one course; HIS 925: Human Rights in World History Since 1914-Concepts of human rights during peace and war times; Development of human rights and humanitarian law in 19th century; Human rights and humanitarian law in the 20th century; The League of Nations, the United Nations Organization; Human rights in Socialist/Communist Countries; The Organization of African Unity and the African Union; Issue of human rights; Human rights conflicts and the refugee problem.
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)
The learner on this programme is able to; Construct historical knowledge that can be used to benchmark and identify milestones of socioeconomic development; Conduct high profile historical facts research whose results should be used to lay foundation for present and future development initiatives and trends; Produce analyses of historical and traditional cultural sets of knowledge for use in human identities and heritages. Academic Mobility candidates are able to construct and even reconstruct historical facts essential to set development agenda, trends and models for Africa. The candidates should be able to explain development as a positive change occurrence globally and contextually, after all, history is the best discipline through which we can explain change. Because of its universal orientation, this programme is one of those identified as a common field across the partners in this application.
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.