Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Master of Arts in Sociology

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:  Sociology

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 Master of Arts in Sociology degree programme has two objectives; To produce specialists in the field of Sociology who are exposed to a broad knowledge of modern day sociology, critical thought and inquiry; To provide trained manpower required in teaching, research, extension, consultancy services and national development. Traditionally, sociology has remained as the core defining discipline of social sciences. Academic Mobility candidates hosted to the programme will gain sociological knowledge in theory and methodology that shape the social sciences. Generally, sociology deals with society as a whole and the changes and challenges therein. Students on this programme learn sociological principles that enable them to apply in addressing societal challenges, to improve peoples’ social wellbeing in a holistic way.

Structure and content (max. 400 words):

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

The Masters in Sociology is undertaken in two years by coursework, thesis and examination. The course is delivered by lectures, assignments, seminars, tutorial presentations and by e-learning using computers and LCD projectors. The programme is assessed, monitored and evaluated using various tools including orientation, students class attendance lists, supervision, continuous assessment tests (two), end of semester examinations, nominal roll lists, finance account roll lists, students’ evaluation of course/lecturer at the end of the course, students’ progress reports, external examiner’s reports and ISO audit reports. .A combined use of these tools also ensure quality delivery of the programme. The programme contains twenty (20) courses most of which epitomise the relevance of governance and social science in sustainable socioeconomic development of Africa for example through courses; SOC 815; Political Sociology; SOC 817; Sociology of Planning and Development. Other courses on the programme are, SAS 801: General Research Methods; SOC 810: Classical  Sociological Theory; SOC 811:Sociology of Globalization; SOC 996: Research Proposal I; SOC 812: Population Studies and Demography; SOC 813: Gender and Sexuality; SOC 814:Theoretical Criminology; SOC 818:Sociology of Deviant Behaviour; ANT 812:Community Development; SOC 820:Social Statistics /Computer Applications; SOC 821:Theoretical Orientations; SOC 897: Research Proposal II; SOC 823:Rural Sociology and Development; SOC 824:Urbanization in Developing Societies SOC 825:Disability, Rights and Community-Based Rehabilitation; SOC 826:Community Psychology; SOC 827:Crime in Kenya; SOC 828:Community Policing ,and; SOC 816;Participatory Development and Community Action, which assesses the various development strategies and perspectives with specific focus on pro-active, inclusive participatory development paradigms and reconstructs development approaches agitating for grassroots/bottom-up community participation for sustainable and “owned” development. The Contents includes; The Social process of social integration and conformity; Group dynamics as the reciprocal process of individual growth and social relations for self-realization; Inclusion, effective and control needs; The concept of social skills: effective interpersonal communication and interaction; Involvement in decision-making; Participation and commitment; Development of initiative, responsibility and leadership; Theories of social, cultural and technical change; Experiential learning: procedures, theoretical principles; Social relations and behaviour; The organization and management of learning groups; Theoretical basis to participatory development, participatory methodologies and practices; Role of Governments and NGOs in development; Case studies of participatory development projects and people-sensitive approaches to development.

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 programme produces highly trained and well-equipped sociologists able to; Apply sociological knowledge and skills to tackle a wide range of contemporary social problems facing society including crime, social mobility, poverty among others;  Plan, implement and lead both qualitative and quantitative research designed to offer solutions for social development change. Sociologists are able to operate and lead research that interpret the changing world through analysis of social determinants of developmental change. In health for example, the sociologists are able to interpret the social determinants of health leading to health promotion in the 21st Century. Learners are able to analyse and inject relevance to policies of socioeconomic development. They are able to make the link between economic development and its relevance to social structures and populations. In Kenya, the Vision 2030; Kenya’s development blue print has three pillars; social, political and economic and to achieve the social pillar, we need high level trained sociologists to interpret and implement development that is meaningful in betterment of people’s wellbeing. Many challenges emerging as a result of globalization and technological advancements are critical agenda to address by the high notch sociologist we expect from this programme, including beneficiaries of the Academic Mobility project.

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.