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Master of Arts in Gender Studies
Name of the HEI offering the course: Addis Ababa University (AAU)
Type of academic programme: Masters
Thematic field of study: Governance and Social Sciences
Title of the academic programme: Gender Studies
Duration in each case (in semesters): Four Semesters or two years (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months). Masters programs at AAU are all modular in which students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 90 to a maximum of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
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.)
This program is related to the thematic area of Governance and Social Sciences since the overall objective of the Masters program in Gender Studies is to produce gender sensitive researchers, practitioners, and policy makers with the capacity to analyse and understand gender relations and gender inequalities through the lens of African and global feminist perspectives. some specific objectives of the same are:
• Train professionals who are knowledgeable in theories and methods of gender studies
• Respond to the skilled expert demand of the country
• Provide students and academic units of Addis Ababa University with specialist guidance and knowledge in the field of gender
• Strengthen AAU’s position and prominence in the area of research, education and training
Structure and content (max. 400 words):
(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)
The Masters programs at AAU are designed as modular programs, for which modules were developed with work packages and syllabi that determine the activities of the students and the instructors including the outlining the delivery systems. Most of the course activities are student-based where students are strictly required to engage themselves in independent work. Students are therefore assessed on the seminars they write and defend, the laboratory and field work and reports they submit, the continuous assessment by way of quizzes, examinations, discussions, group work, and so on they do. On their part, the respective departments have also developed the required course modules, student and staff manuals, and the necessary regulations and quality control mechanisms that keep the programs in track. Depending on the program each Masters student is required to complete 90 to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), the average being around 105.
The curriculum for Gender Studies has practical component where students engage in interrogating policies and programs from a gender perspective. Practice oriented courses equip students with the skills necessary for undertaking gender analysis and mainstreaming. The practice also extends to placing students within the gender directorates of various institutions to supplement the theory with practice. The specific major professional courses are: Development Theories, Perspectives and Practices, Introduction to Gender Studies, Feminist Theories, Research Methodology, Gender Issues in Ethiopia, Gender and Policy Issues, and Practicum in Gender Studies. Among these the description of the core course reads: The module ‘Policy Issues and Gender’ deals with the significance and evolution of public policy, basic policy components and processes, and the analysis of policy and policy processes from gender perspectives.
At grading, each student is required to complete the above mentioned work requirements through the continuous assessment system. Anything above 85 is graded as A, 75-84 as B, 65-74 as C. Generally, Masters students are expected to score B or above. This by default entails a requirement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or above to graduate successfully. All C grades are expected to be repeated and other grades less than that are failing grades. At any stage if Masters students score CGPA of less than 3:00, they are subject to dismissal.
Finally, thesis defence is open to the public with external examiners coming from abroad but mostly from other universities within Ethiopia after their CV in the field are examined by the department examining board. These are rated as excellent, very good and good. Anything below is subject to re-write up or modifications as the case may be.
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 the successful completion of the MA program, the graduates in gender studies will be able to:
• Identify, analyse, and address gender problems through research
• Plan and conduct gender empowerment programs and projects
• Initiate, manage and evaluate gender and development programs
• Analyse policy documents on the bases of contemporary feminist thinking and gender mainstreaming
• Analyse sector issues and develop strategies for influencing policy development
Engage in basic and applied research on the major areas of the profession
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.)
Programs at Public Universities in Ethiopia are automatically accredited through the university Senet decisions
The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:
All Masters programs after curricula developments, they are assessed by senior professors of the field, defended at curriculum review conferences, approved by the respective department councils, academic commissions of the relevant college, approved AAU Senate and finally accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia.
Period of validity of accreditation:
The period of validity prevails until the next program review period which is usually done between 4 to 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.