SCHOOL OF HUMAN & SOCIAL SCIENCES

    The School of Social Sciences houses the Departments of Psychology, Counseling and Child Development; Development Studies and Child Institute. Welcome to the School of Human and Social Sciences whose objective is holistic service to all humankind through Novelty, Quality and Integrity. This is based on Daystar University’s Mission of developing “managers, professionals, researchers and scholars to be effective Christian servant-leaders through the integration of Christian faith and holistic learning for the transformation of church and society in Africa and the World.”

    As a School we are committed to providing holistic education that transforms our graduates to become change agents in the communities and empowers them to free people from their incapacitating limitations. We believe that human beings have the desire to realize their potentials in life and given a chance, they can enjoy fuller lives.



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DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

 

Introduction

Welcome to the Department of Development Studies, in the School of Human and Social Sciences. At a point of time when many developing countries are faced with numerous challenges, this department seeks to reposition itself in this region to offer professional and practical leadership in providing cutting edge academic programs in development studies.

Its vision is to seek to provide a holistic training program in development and social work that will serve the African society and beyond. Indeed the focus is to be the best department in this region in offering relevant and need based development studies program.

This department boasts of highly qualified professionals with qualifications obtained locally and internationally. It is also credited as the pioneer in the offering of community Development Studies and M.A in Monitoring and Evaluation in the whole of East and Central Africa.

Today, it is also among the few Departments in Kenyan Universities offering a B.A. in Social Work.

 

Academic Programmes

The following Academic Programmes are offered in this Department:

  1. M.A Community Development
  2. M.A in Monitoring & Evaluation
  3. B.A. in Community Development with integrated and Rural Development options
  4. B.A in Social Work.

These academic programs are offered in our Athi River and Nairobi Campuses. Please note that Nairobi Campus offers both day and evening programs. The guiding philosophy of the Department is based on the need to partner, facilitate and promote sustained human welfare processes.
The integration of Faith (Christian values) and learning is a critical component in the delivery of academic programs

Our Alumni (us) from the Department are rated very highly and are actively engaged in working with international development organizations, non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, Government departments, para-church organizations, and initiating/starting their own NGO’s/CBOs (self-employed). It is also important to note that our students are from diverse nationalities from Africa and other continents.

This Department is headed by Mr. Solomon Nzyuko. It is currently the third largest department in the University.

 

1. M.A in Community Development (MCD)

The M.A. in Community Development has been developed based on the need to train a cadre of human resources that will work in diverse communities to bring about social transformation.

 

Rationale

Kenya being a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals, the MA in Community Development will contribute to meeting these goals by providing the necessary technical and professional expertise. Besides, Community Development is still a new discipline in most countries today. There is need therefore to develop an MA programme that provides students graduating with a first degree an opportunity to further their studies. This will further prepare students to pursue doctoral studies in this discipline.

The MA in Community Development Programme is practical and relevant to many socio-economic, cultural, environmental and political realities of communities. It is expected, that this programme will contribute to academic discourse and also broaden the knowledge base on community development which will in turn meaningfully contribute to the international debate on sustainable development. The MA programme in Community Development is unique because of its holistic approach which integrates Christian approaches to practical learning in development.

 

Goal of the Programme

The goal of this program is to equip students with knowledge and skills for a holistic approach to community development for social transformation.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program the student will be able to:

  1. evaluate and critique current development issues from a professional perspective,
  2. conduct research aimed at expanding the body of knowledge of Community Development,
  3. present/disseminate community development theories and practices from a Christian perspective,
  4. provide professional service and consultancy to development agencies aimed at enhancing their efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery,
  5. examine factors that account for underdevelopment in developing countries,
  6. explain factors that hinder development of developing countries and the actors involved in development processes.

 

Admission Requirements

  1. A Bachelor’s or a higher degree in Community Development or related degrees from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or second class honours, upper division or lower division with two years of relevant experience.
  2. Applicants with a first degree in fields unrelated to development studies may be admitted but will be required to start with specified zero credit hours in community development. These courses are DEV-111 Introduction to Community Development, SOC-111 Introduction to Sociology, and PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology.

 

Medium of Instruction and Programme Administration
The medium of instruction for the Master of Arts Community Development shall be English.

 

Requirements For Graduation
In order to graduate, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete 57 Credit Hours as specified here

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2. M.A in Monitoring & Evaluation (MME)

The M.A. in monitoring and evaluation has been developed to respond to the need for expert human resource for tracking the performance of diverse programmes and projects with the view to enhancing quality performance. It is also designed to ensure rapid and sustainable development of monitoring and evaluation education and discipline.

 

Rationale

This programme is to respond to the need for M&E practice both in the private and public sectors. Its aim is to track performance, enhance efficiency, effectiveness, promote transparency and accountability in various sectors. This programme is unique and timely. It is one of the Master of Arts in monitoring and evaluation programmes in the Eastern Africa region which cuts across disciplines. Its generic form makes it a versatile programme catering for diverse disciplines.

This is a deliberate move informed by the fact that tracking of performance and the application of monitoring and evaluation approaches to enhance performance is a need spread across disciplines. This notwithstanding, the programme also recognizes the special interests and needs which may arise from the time to time, this programme has provided room for special topics.

The monitoring and evaluation programme stands out because of its holistic approach which integrates Christian approach and practical learning. The monitoring and evaluation will provide MA students graduating from the programme with an opportunity to pursue doctoral studies in this discipline. The monitoring and evaluation programme will provide a good opportunity to enhance the linkages between the academia and the service provision in diverse development fields (the industry).

The monitoring and evaluation programme fast track the institutionalization of monitoring and evaluation in diverse development initiatives

 

Goal of the Programme

The goal of this programme is to equip the student with knowledge and skills for monitoring and evaluation of diverse programmes. Ultimately, it will enhance proper utilization of resources and effective service delivery.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the monitoring and evaluation programme the student will be able to:

  1. critically examine the utility of monitoring and evaluation in development programs;
  2. apply monitoring and evaluation knowledge, skills and procedures in project management processes;
  3. analyse project activities on the basis of monitoring and evaluation framework;
  4. demonstrate research skills in monitoring and evaluation and link research to programmes and policy;
  5. conduct monitoring and evaluation as a professional service offered through out-sourcing or consultancy services;
  6. demonstrate ethical standards in monitoring and evaluation practice;
  7. integrate Christian Principles in monitoring and evaluation processes and practice.

 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree holder or a higher degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), or a degree awarded with a second class honours, upper division or a lower second class honours with two years relevant experience

 

Medium of Instruction and Programme Administration
The medium of instruction for the Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation will be English.

 

Requirements For Graduation
In order to graduate a student must successfully complete 51 credit hours with a minimum G.P.A of 3.00 as specified here

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