Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  And Social Sciences : Social Anthropology

Name of the HEI offering the course: Addis Ababa University (AAU)

Type of academic programme: Doctorate

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Social Anthropology

Duration in each case (in semesters): Two Semesters or one years of course work (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months) with the second and third years left for PhD research proposal development and conducting the research. With strong justifications this is extendable for one or two semesters.
Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 24 – Maximum 27 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.)

This PhD program is related to the thematic area of Governance and Social Sciences because the program in Social Anthropology is designed to:
• offer students an intensive education in the principles, theories, methods, actions, and interventions of social anthropology thereby enabling candidates achieve advanced professional competence in research, teaching, and application
• provide an academic setting that appreciates and encourages both intellectual and practical pursuits
• train students to develop and communicate original scholarly contributions in the field of social anthropology
• enable students to grasp social anthropology’s historical and contemporary literature on theoretical and methodological issues

Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

To start with, the PhD programs at AAU are aligned with the national development agenda of Ethiopia.
The rationale for developing a PhD Program in Social Anthropology are:
• The Ph.D. program in Social Anthropology is a first step towards establishing anthropology in Ethiopia as a full-fledged academic discipline capable of independently addressing itself to the country’s unparalleled opportunities for anthropological research.
• In light of the current graduate expansion policy of Addis Ababa University, a PhD in Social Anthropology, as an advance on the existing MA program, should necessarily be set within a wider compass of the study of anthropology.
• Some of the emerging regional universities in Ethiopia have launched anthropology departments, while others are expected to do the same. The PhD program in Social Anthropology is launched partly to meet the demand for college and university level trainers in Ethiopia.
• Ethiopia is a multi-national society that consists of numerous ethnic groups, the cultures of which have not been adequately documented. Foreign anthropologists carried out most of the existing anthropological studies in the country. The new PhD program in social anthropology will provide invaluable opportunity in terms of producing home-grown professionals to fill the research gap.

Like any other PhD program, the PhD Program in Social Anthropology provides main courses such as Seminar in Contemporary Theories of Social Anthropology, Qualitative Research Methods in Social Anthropology, Seminar in Society and Environment, Quantitative Research Methods and Seminar in Cultural Change. Among these the description of a core course such as ” Contemporary Theories of Social Anthropology ” read as: The course covers the precursors of anthropological thought; the social and political context of the emergence of anthropology as a scientific discipline; investigation, comparison and evaluation of contemporary approaches to culture theory; contemporary cultural evolution; the turn to interpretation; post-modernism; culture, biology, and gender; culture and globalization; the relationship between theory and method in science in general and in anthropology in particular.

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)

The graduates of the Ph.D. program in social anthropology will acquire a range of critical intellectual, methodological, and practical skills that will enable them to:
• Engage in training of social anthropologists in higher academic institutions in Ethiopia and beyond
• Participate in basic anthropological research to contribute to the understanding of the cultures of Ethiopian ethnic groups and other societies in the world
• Engage in applied research to use anthropological perspectives and insights for addressing practical problems and development challenges
• Assume professional responsibilities in government institutions, non-government organizations, or the private sector in different capacities (e.g., as applied researchers, advisors, coordinators, policy analysts, and planners)
• Participate in public forums to contribute to intellectual discourse/debate, provide expert opinions, and enhance public awareness on issues of national and global significance

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 PhD 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 by the AAU Senate and finally accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia.
AAU is a legal entity with Proclamation 214/2011; 17th Year No. 37; 11 May 2011.

Period of validity of accreditation:

The validity of the PhD curricula 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.


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