Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Master of Arts in Gender Studies and Development

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:  Gender Studies and Development

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 objectives of the Master of Arts Gender Studies and Development programme are to; Contribute to gender sensitive development policy formulation based on Kenya’s development blueprint; “The Vision 2030”; Provide the needed skills and knowledge to enable work operation with organizations that are concerned with integrating gender awareness into their programs and policies; Enhance gender mainstreaming in special fields including HIV and AIDs, utilisation of technologies including IT. The programme aims at addressing gender related challenges in society through exchange of knowledge, theories and skills needed to mainstream gender sensitive processes, encapsulating IT use. The programme is interdisciplinary and has injected gender issues into common disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Moi University. The emphasis laid to gender studies accrue, but this programme adds to, why and how we should ensure gender equality and equity in resource allocation and utilisation for sustainable development in Africa.

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, assignments, group work/ discussions, seminars/oral presentations, data collection, supervision of research and thesis writing. Both viva/oral and written examinations are undertaken as continuous (40%) and end of semester (60%). Grades are awarded as- Distinction A-75>%, Credit B- 65-74%, Pass C-50-64% and Fail F- <50, which is the Moi University course grading standard applied to all postgraduate courses. Courses are monitored and evaluated using various tools including examinations moderation, results moderation, and students’ evaluations of course and lecturer, continuous assessment tests and supervision. In addition, quality of the programme is assured through moderation, external examination, internal and external audits and by a 3-4 year curriculum review cycle. The programme structure; All coursework is done in the first year in two semesters and the rest of the time is devoted to proposal writing, research, data analysis and thesis writing. The programme has fourteen (14) courses; GSD 811: Theories of Gender; SAS 801: General Research Methods; GSD 812:Research Seminar; GSD 813:Kiswahili Literature and Gender; GSD 814:Gender, Population and Rural Development; GSD 815: Gender and Discourse; GSD 816: Philosophy of Gender; GSD 817: Gender and Development on a Global Perspective; GSD 818: Gender and Development Policies; GSD 819: Gender Inequality, Poverty and Development; GSD 820: Gender, Lifestyle and Crime; GSD 821: Gender, Information and Media Studies; GSD 823:Gender Human Rights and Legal Issues. We show a sample of one course content here; GSD 810: Gender in Historical Perspectives; The history of gender; Gender roles and experiences in historical perspectives; Changes in gender roles over the years; Impact of gender roles and experiences on society; Thoughts and actions of men, women and children as shaped by the way gender is defined in particular eras; Theoretical approaches to gender studies; Understanding patriarchy, matriarchy, family, economy, class, capitalism and the theme of marginalization; Gender in history; Gender and developments in agriculture, industry, trade, education, health, religion, science and technology, disease and conservation in a global perspective. It is important how gender is placed on a historic change plane. This way the learner traces dynamics of gender over time and how gender roles influence developments with time. The multi and transdisciplinary approach to deliver the programme is useful since the gender paradigm truncates all aspects of our lives. The programme offers to the learners, gender mainstreaming skills and strategies.

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 learning outcomes; The learner should be able to; Inject the gender agenda into contextual national, regional and international development; Apply knowledge and skills attained from the programme relevantly, in Kenya’s national development towards “Vision 2030”; Facilitate and coordinate gender mainstreaming at all levels of socioeconomic and cultural development, especially by mitigating emerging health and social challenges. HIV and AIDS still daunts Africa communities and populations and one avenue through which we can ring-fence and tackle the problem is by strengthening male and female participation in reducing vulnerabilities to HIV infections and by improvement of access to HIV and AIDS care. After all, it will be a futile exercise to discriminate along gender, HIV and AIDS care for Africa, and since more than 80% infections are heterosexual. In addition, Academic Mobility beneficiaries of this programme should be able to plan, lead and manage recognition and utilisation of women initiatives in leadership at institutional, regional, national and continents levels. This will help reverse the wheels of male dominance and patriarchy that fuel and drive gender inequality in Africa.

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.