Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  and Social Sciences : Cultures and societies

Name of the HEI offering the course: University Of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

Type of academic programme: Doctorate

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Cultures and societies
Duration (in semesters): Six Semesters (A Semester is covered in 24/6 months)
The PhD programme in Cultures and Societiesis validated in completing 180 credits in whole, among which 120 credits for research work and sixty for in-depth theories and social sciences methods, teaching training and communication, and scientific essay writing.

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 Cultures and Societies are to produce high level manpower for institutional management and leadership; Train learners to acquire analytical skills to undertake scientific research, academic career in African universities, consultancy and development interventions. To provide development institutions and projects with experts able to conduct critical thinking to achieve short and long terms development goals both at national and local levels.
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, field work report, in-depth social sciences methodology and sociolinguistic theories courses, discussions, seminars. Each semester is validated after successful oral presentations evaluated by a thesis committee of full and associate professors with a report sent to the board of doctoral Studies School. The PhD students are required to publish two papers in journals approved by reading committee. The PhD thesis defence is public and evaluated by a panel composed of home and abroad full and associate professors. The grading of this presentation ranges from A (Summa cum laude), B (Magna cum laude) and C (Cum laude).

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 PhD holders are able to apply knowledge and competencies in management and leadership within social systems in Benin and Africa. We strongly believe that PhD’s acquired within the African learning environments are best situated to enable holders lead research, undertake teaching in academic field of universities, assume technical advisor position in ministers and analyse complex social facts or situations, dynamics of social and cultural development, and develop critical thinking and perspectives regarding challenges and stakes of development. This specialist in cultures and societies issues should be able to steer institutions and implement projects development; to tackle both relevant and sustainable development challenges at national and local levels fettering African continent’s rise and the welfare of its population.
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:
University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Board of Education Offices Approvalact N° 124-16/UAC/SG/VR-AARU/SE-CTVOF/SEOU on 30th December 2016

Period of validity of accreditation:
Five Years (2016 – 2021) with review every 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.


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