Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  and Social Sciences : Development Studies

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: Development Studies

Duration (in semesters): Four Semesters (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months)

Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 15 – Maximum 21 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 Development Studies programme is designed to produce academic researchers as well as professionals capable of applying an inter-disciplinary approach to address diverse development issues that manifest in society, to enhance human wellbeing, livelihoods and economies of developing countries. The programme is designed to meet society, community, national, regional as well as international demands for highly qualified and competent professionals to assist in engaging critical development challenges such as poverty, by offering viable solutions through academic and research leadership. Specific objective of the programme are to; Examine underlying issues that influence development in response to changing global needs; Enhance multi-disciplinary research skills and research results dissemination and use, for the benefit of society. The paradigm of development studies is diffuse and multidisciplinary. Academic Mobility beneficiaries are able to learn development at theoretical and methodological levels and apply development strategies that yield cogent and contextual development results.

Structure and content (max. 400 words):
(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)
The PhD in Development Studies is delivered by coursework, thesis and examination over 4 years. Teaching and learning is done by various means that include: lectures, tutorials, seminars, group discussions, presentations, fieldwork and supervision. Courses on the programme are tracked, monitored and evaluated in various ways including; Constant evaluation of courses and instructors through feedback on teaching modalities, content, materials and delivery strategies by students taking the courses at the end of each Semester; Monitoring of attendance by students through attendance list by the instructors; Moderation of examinations and results by external examiners at the end of each semester; Supervision of research and field courses by internal and external supervisors. In addition, quality assurance is by curriculum review, done every 3-4 years and as stipulated by the university rules and regulations taking in stride stakeholder’s inputs. The programme mounts twelve (12) core and elective courses; DDS 910: Development Theory and Practice; DDS 911: Project Planning, Analysis and Development; DDS 912: Microeconomics; DDS 907: Advanced Research Methods; DDS 914E: Public Sector Reforms and Development; DDS 920: Macroeconomics; DDS 921: Integrated Rural Urban Development; DDS 922:Dynamics of Resource Mobilization, Utilization and Management; DDS 908: Proposal Writing; DDS 923E: Development and Disaster Management; DDS 924 E: Policy Analysis and Economic Management. Sample content for one course is presented here-DDS 913E: Poverty and Development; The Economics of Social Capital; Networks and human capital, horizontal versus vertical networks; Networks and markets, micro-behaviour and macro-performance, morals; Human well-being, the notion and measure; Poverty, inequality and vulnerability measurements and analyses; Stakeholders and institutions; Social tools for analysing impacts; Economic tools for analysing impacts; Poverty mapping, behavioural models; Evaluation of policy reforms; Demand and supply analysis; Household models, partial equilibrium models, general equilibrium models: social accounting matrices; computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, poverty analysis macroeconomic simulator (PAMS), Integrated Macroeconomic Model for Poverty Analysis (IMMPA), Augmented CGE model with representative household approach; Risk Assessment: social risk assessment, scenario analysis; Monitoring and Evaluation: public expenditure tracking and quantitative service delivery assessment.

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 on this programme are able to; Synthesise and articulate underlying developmental influencers; Design and implement development strategies that work and yield desirable results; Solve contextual development challenges. It is argued by postmodernists that development is best understood contextually rather than by logocentric unilineal progressive means. Notwithstanding, this programme will enable Academic Mobility candidates appreciate various forms of development models that are context specific, in order to design, lead and implement viable development strategies in their home countries and environments. The programme has various courses that direct the focus of the learner to a multi and interdisciplinary approach to facilitate and lead development initiatives. Beneficiaries of this programme are able to analyse institutional, structural, environmental, sociocultural and vulnerability determinants of development in a wide range of contexts. Importantly, the programme will expose the Academic Mobility candidates to case studies and models of successful development initiatives, strategies and projects around Africa, from a wide range of fields including agriculture and industry, tapping on the contribution made by technologies in the 21st Century.

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.


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