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This department opened its door October 2010.

The department of Development Studies herein referred to as the department carries the vision and mission of the Faculty of Social Sciences by blending all its programs under the rubric of development.

The vision of the department of DES is: Education for Holistic and Sustainable Development. By this vision, the department intends to prepare students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that meet the challenges of today’s development practice.

The activities in the department will be coordinated by Head of Department assisted by Lecturers.  The department of Development Studies is organized under three study programs at diploma; undergraduate and postgraduate levels namely;

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies
  • Bachelors’ Degree in Development Studies
  • Diploma in Development Studies

 THE DIPLOMA IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Preamble

The Diploma Course in Development Studies will be a two (2) year integrated and multi-disciplinary course program that aims to produce development practitioners with core competencies and essential broad-based knowledge, skills and attributes required for attaining sustainable development in the third world. The program is enriched by drawing knowledge from the social sciences and management.

Rationale for the Bachelor of arts in Development Studies Course

The program exposes students to both theoretical and practical experiences in the field of development. The theoretical component presents relevant theoretical orientations and issue-based perspectives about the nature of human development needs, problems and interventions designed in response to emerging development challenges. The program is designed also to enable students develop the skill of analysis to “see beyond what the eye is able to see”.

Course Aim and Objectives

The course aims at;

(i)     Providing students with the theoretical perspectives and process of development around the globe from which they will be able to derive judgment of the forces behind underdevelopment in the third world and develop strategies for accelerated growth and development

(ii)    Equip students with both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills as a basis for enhancing local community participation in development.

(iii)  Producing result-oriented development practitioners equipped with ethical, practical, conceptual and analytical skills necessary to deal with the current challenges of development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, students should;

  • Have acquired professional competence, practical and analytical skills required for development work.
  • Demonstrate their capacity to enable communities at any level to acquire knowledge and skills for self initiative.
  • Articulate common development problems in communities in the developing world and suggest relevant and possible solutions.
  • Acquire skills to provide technical information to communities for problem solving.
  • Successfully carry out research projects relating to development studies.

Target Users of the Course

The course targets High School students and other persons with development orientations who wish to undertake undergraduate studies at diploma level.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the diploma in Development Studies programme will have diversity in career opportunities in both private and government institutions. In particular, they can seek employment in International and Local Development NGOs, Local and Central Government, Inter-Governmental Organizations like UNDP, WFP, UNHCR and UNHRC among others. The graduates can seek to be employed as Development Practitioners, Researchers or Educators. 

THE BA IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Preamble

The Bachelors’ Degree Course in Development Studies will be a Four (4) year integrated and multi-disciplinary course program that aims to produce development practitioners with core competencies and essential broad-based knowledge, skills and attributes required for attaining sustainable development in the third world. The program is enriched by drawing knowledge from the social sciences and management.

 Rationale for the Bachelor of arts in Development Studies Course

The program exposes students to both theoretical and practical experiences in the field of development. The theoretical component presents relevant theoretical orientations and issue-based perspectives about the nature of human development needs, problems and interventions designed in response to emerging development challenges. The program is designed also to enable students develop the skill of analysis to “see beyond what the eye is able to see”.

Course Aim and Objectives

The course aims at;

(iv)    Providing students with the theoretical perspectives and process of development around the globe from which they will be able to derive judgment of the forces behind underdevelopment in the third world and develop strategies for accelerated growth and development

(v)     Equip students with both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills as a basis for enhancing local community participation in development.

(vi)    Producing result-oriented development practitioners equipped with ethical, practical, conceptual and analytical skills necessary to deal with the current challenges of development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, students should;

  • Have acquired professional competence, practical and analytical skills required for development work.
  • Demonstrate their capacity to enable communities at any level to acquire knowledge and skills for self initiative.
  • Articulate common development problems in communities in the developing world and suggest relevant and possible solutions.
  • Acquire skills to provide technical information to communities for problem solving.
  • Successfully carry out research projects relating to development studies.

Target Users of the Course

The course targets students and other persons with development orientations who have completed their Diplomas, High School training and its equivalence who wish to undertake undergraduate studies at degree level.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Development Studies programme will have diversity in career opportunities in both private and government institutions. In particular, they can seek employment in International and Local Development NGOs, Local and Central Government, Inter-Governmental Organizations like UNDP, WFP, UNHCR and UNHRC among others. The graduates can seek to be employed as Development Practitioners, Researchers or Educators. 

It is the main task of the Head of Department to oversee the implementation and review of the course; managing students’ data and to receive students’ academic concerns and provide guidance accordingly.

THE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Preamble

The Postgraduate Degree Course in Development Studies will be one (1) year integrated and multi-disciplinary course program that aims to produce development practitioners with core competencies and essential broad-based knowledge, skills and attributes required for attaining sustainable development in the third world. The program is enriched by drawing knowledge from the social sciences and management.

Rationale for the PGD of arts in Development Studies Course

The program exposes students to both theoretical and practical experiences in the field of development. The theoretical component presents relevant theoretical orientations and issue-based perspectives about the nature of human development needs, problems and interventions designed in response to emerging development challenges. The program is designed also to enable students develop the skill of analysis to “see beyond what the eye is able to see”.

Course Aim and Objectives

The course aims at;

(vii)  Providing students with the theoretical perspectives and process of development around the globe from which they will be able to derive judgment of the forces behind underdevelopment in the third world and develop strategies for accelerated growth and development

(viii)Equip students with both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills as a basis for enhancing local community participation in development.

(ix)    Producing result-oriented development practitioners equipped with ethical, practical, conceptual and analytical skills necessary to deal with the current challenges of development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, students should;

  • Have acquired professional competence, practical and analytical skills required for development work.
  • Demonstrate their capacity to enable communities at any level to acquire knowledge and skills for self initiative.
  • Articulate common development problems in communities in the developing world and suggest relevant and possible solutions.
  • Acquire skills to provide technical information to communities for problem solving.
  • Successfully carry out research projects relating to development studies.

Target Users of the Course

The course targets students and other persons with development orientations who have completed their degrees or its equivalence who wish to undertake postgraduate studies.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Development Studies programme will have diversity in career opportunities in both private and government institutions. In particular, they can seek employment in International and Local Development NGOs, Local and Central Government, Inter-Governmental Organizations like UNDP, WFP, UNHCR and UNHRC among others. The graduates can seek to be employed as Development Practitioners, Researchers or Educators. 

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