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: Masters

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Cultures and Societies
Duration (in semesters): Four Semesters (A Semester is covered in 16weeks/6months)
Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 15 – Maximum 20 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.)
Cultures and Societies studies can be part of Governance and Social Sciences since they are focusing on African societies with a sharp emphasis on the issues relating to spaces and religions. In order to develop a systematic and integral understanding of stakes and challenges of African societies and cultures, learners on this programme are exposed to multi-pronged approaches focusing on the current dynamics of development in African societies and their underlined challenges. The program is designed to produce highly trained and critical scholars exposed to both theoretical and practical knowledge about cultures and societies with particular reference to Benin and Africa. Specific objectives of this programme are to produce graduates with practical, critical and analytical knowledge and skills with regard to cultures, societies and development in Africa, providing insight with stakeholders of public organisms and local spheres of development.

Structure and content (max. 400 words):
(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)
The Masters of Arts in Cultures and Societies is delivered in two academic years through coursework, thesis and examination, spread over four semesters, as a requirement University of Abomey-Calavi. The course is delivered by lectures (from full and associate professors from UAC, African and European universities), assignments, seminars, tutorial presentations and using computers and LCD projectors. The program is assessed and monitored using various tools including students class attendance lists, supervision, continuous assessment tests, individual and collective assignments, field work, end of semester examinations, training course for the students. A combined use of these tools also ensures quality delivery of the programme backed up by theoretical and practical knowledge. Students at the end of the courses must score 14/20 to pass which is the University course grading standard applied to all postgraduate courses after defending a thesis. The courses of the programme are: Religious fact, Cultural fact, Political fact, Technological fact, Economic fact, Health and therapy in Africa, Gender in Africa, Societies and cultures, Cultures and cultures, the Environment challenges, Cities in Africa, Local dynamics, Contemporary global challenges.

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)
After completion of the program, learners are able to be teacher-researcher, design and manage enterprises of training and research. They can be employed as project coordinator, programme officer. Beneficiaries of the Academic Mobility program will be exposed to knowledge; methodologies and dynamics of development within cultures and societies models to enable them operate and help address needs and challenges of the policy makers at level of public organisms as ell, ineffectiveness education systems performance as advisors, analysts, researchers and leaders. They can tackle education issues through research by providing proven results and advice.

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.)

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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