Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  and Social Sciences : Forced Migration Studies

Name of the HEI offering the course: Moi University (MU)


Type of academic programme: Masters

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Forced Migration 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.)
In order to develop a systematic and integral understanding of migration vis-à-vis short and long term consequences, learners on this programme are exposed to multi-pronged approaches focusing on dynamics of forced migration as prescribed by political science, anthropology, sociology, law, psychology and public health. The programme is designed to produce highly trained and critical scholars, exposed to both theoretical and practical knowledge about causes and consequences of forced migration with special reference to Africa. Specific objectives of this programme are to; produce graduates with practical, critical and analytical knowledge and skills in the field of migration; Discuss the causes and consequences of forced displacement and migration and their implications on nation-state building, national, regional and international peace and tranquillity. This course is relevant in the wake of disturbed governance and administration of nations in the Eastern Africa region due to terrorism.
Structure and content (max. 400 words):
(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)
The Masters of Arts in Forced Migration Studies programme is delivered in two academic years through coursework, thesis and examination, spread over four semesters, as a requirement at Moi University. Instruction strategies for the programme are lectures, tutorials, seminars, group discussion, class presentations, supervision, use of e-learning platform, fieldwork and field visits. The programme is monitored and evaluated through various strategies including students’ class attendance lists, use of nominal roll to track registrations and participation, supervision reports, student evaluation of course and instructors at the end of the course, students’ progress reports, external examiners reports, external and internal audit reports at the end of every semester of an academic year. Quality is assured by students class attendance lists, supervision reports, student evaluation of course and instructor, students’ progress reports, external examiners reports, external and internal auditors reports at the end of every semester of an academic year, feedback reports of the course from Alumni, review of the programme curriculum 3 – 4 years as per Moi University regulations. Seventeen (17) courses are mounted and taught on this programme as core or elective courses; PFM 811: The study of Forced Migration PIR 810: Theories of International Relations; PFM 810: International Migration Theories; PFM 814: Evolution of forced migration policies in Sub- Sahara Africa; PFM 812: Humanitarian Assistance and Project Management; PFM 813: International Refugee Law; PFM 815: Refugee Health and Psychosocial issues; PFM 821: International Humanitarian Law; PFM 823: Political Thought; PFM 824: Public International Law; PFM 830: Refugee Identity, Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Great Lakes Region; PFM 822: Refugee Economy and Livelihood; PFM 801:General Research Methods and; PFM 820: Migration in Contemporary World Politics, whose content we present here; The evolution of immigration and asylum in Europe and America; From asylum to containment; Politics of refugee hosting; Camps, settlement, local integration and durable solutions; Sharing the burden of refugee hosting; North –South dichotomy on forced migration; Humanitarian intervention and sovereignty; Globalization and international migration; Deportation and the liberal state; Ethics of asylum; state responsibility vs. ability.

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 programme, learners are able to; Coordinate and effectively lead and manage public, private and non-governmental organizations handling forced migration in the East African region; design, plan and implement viable strategies to mitigate the causes and consequences of forced migration in Africa; Conduct research and utilize research results to address forced migration challenges. Kenya for example, has hosted refugees from Somalia and Southern Sudan for more than a decade, as a result of unending forced migration from civil wars in the two nations. Presently, Kenya is in the process of closing the vast refugee camps it hosts because the camps are associated with terrorist activities which have carried devastating consequences to peace, stability and socioeconomic development of the nation and the Eastern Africa region. Knowledge and competencies gained from this programme are important in assisting in this process of understanding such consequences. Beneficiaries of the Academic Mobility programme will be exposed to knowledge, methodologies and strategic conflict models to enable them operate and help address both the causes and consequences of forced migration in the Eastern Africa region; as planners, analysts, researchers and leaders.

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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