Intra-Africa Academic Mobility SchemeAcademic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS
Governance And Social Sciences :
Peace and Security Studies with Special Emphasis on Africa
Name of the HEI offering the course: Addis Ababa University (AAU)
Type of academic programme: Doctorate
Thematic field of study: Governance and Social Sciences
Title of the academic programme: Peace and Security Studies with Special Emphasis on Africa
Duration in each case (in semesters): Two Semesters or one years of course work (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months) with the second and third years left for PhD research proposal development and conducting the research. With strong justifications this is extendable for one or two semesters.
Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 24 – 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 issue of peace and security is one of the main area of Governance and Social Sciences. In this regard, the general objective of the PhD programme is to produce scholars/professionals in the area of Global and Area Studies with the skills and competences to challenge existing knowledge on globalization, new regionalisms, and those around issues of peace and security in Africa.
The specific objectives of the PhD programme are to:
• Produce researchers and educators in the above mentioned interrelated areas of regional and global studies as well as peace and security studies.
• Promote critical and innovative interdisciplinary research and learning on the above mentioned issues.
• Create a mechanism through which research findings are communicated to the stakeholders concerned.
Structure and content (max. 400 words):
(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)
The rationale for the PhD program in Peace and Security with Special Emphasis on Africa stems from two broad considerations; national and regional/continental. At the national level, the PhD programme responds to the need for highly qualified personnel for teaching and research in institutions of higher learning in the wider Horn of Africa. The programme also aims at research-based training for policy analysts and practitioners of governmental and non-governmental organizations. At a broader level, the PhD programme contributes to the development of a critical mass of scholars and professionals at the continental level and even beyond who have solid understanding of the interplay between peace and security and globalization processes.
The major courses in the program are Advanced Research Methodology in Global and Area Studies, Transnational and Global History, International Studies, New Regionalism in Africa, Current Debates in Global Studies, Theoretical Perspectives on Conflict, Peace, and Security, Practical engagement in teaching or relevant policy issue and Actors and Mechanisms on Conflict Resolution. One of the core courses ” Theoretical Perspectives on Conflict, Peace, and Security ” describes itself as that it key concepts, theoretical perspectives and models of conflict analysis, peace building and the structure of contemporary international security, including contending theories of International Relations; regional security complexes. It also investigates into military and non-military sources of insecurity as related to global, regional and national/state levels as well as human security will be examined; critical security studies is also revisited; conflicts commonly occurring in all human relations progress from submerged moment to rising tensions, crises/violence and post-conflict stage; they have to be analysed at every relevant stage and their causes understood. Analysis is approached through such theoretical perspectives as conflict dynamics triangle, needs-based conflict origins, rational, strategic calculation and analysis of social-psychological processes.
At grading, the seminars presented, field reports, international travel reports, examinations’ results, etc. are considered. Anything above 85 is graded as A, 75-84 as B, 65-74 as C. Generally, PhD students are expected to score B or above. This by default entails a requirement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or above to graduate successfully. All C grades are expected to be repeated and other grades less than that are failing grades. At any stage if PhD students score CGPA of less than 3:00, they are subject to dismissal.
Finally, thesis defence is open to the public with external examiners always coming from abroad after their CV in the field are examined by the department examining board. These are rated as excellent, very good and good. Anything below is subject to re-write up or modifications as the case may be.
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 rationale for the PhD program in Peace and Security with Special Emphasis on Africa stems from two broad considerations; national and regional/continental. At the national level, the PhD programme responds to the need for highly qualified personnel for teaching and research in institutions of higher learning in Ethiopia, and in the wider Horn of Africa. The proposed PhD programme thus contributes to the staff development efforts of the AAU and the newly established universities in the country. The programme also aims at research-based training for policy analysts and practitioners of governmental and non-governmental organizations. At a broader level, the PhD programme contributes to the development of a critical mass of scholars and professionals at the continental level and even beyond who have solid understanding of the interplay between peace and security and globalization processes.
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.)
Programs at Public Universities in Ethiopia are automatically accredited through the university Senet decisions
The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:
All PhD programs after curricula developments, they are assessed by senior professors of the field, defended at curriculum review conferences, approved by the respective department councils, academic commissions of the relevant college, approved by the AAU Senate and finally accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia.
AAU is a legal entity with Proclamation 214/2011; 17th Year No. 37; 11 May 2011.
Period of validity of accreditation:
The validity of the PhD curricula prevails until the next program review period which is usually done between 4 to 5 years.
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.