The degree in Gender, Women and Development Studies is designed to address multidisciplinary issues of gender, women and development from the African perspective. The programme targets decision-makers involved in the formulation of gender sensitive policies and those who wish to apply gender knowledge and skills essential to all careers and in the critical realisation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education For All (EFA) goals. Knowledge on gender and development is relevant in social work, institutional management that promote social and gender equity, legal systems, and community development among others. Gender has become the key element for economic sustainability and social justice. Course participants will be drawn from qualified field practitioners working in areas such as community development, education, government, non-governmental agencies, religious organizations with community focused projects, former diploma course students in Gender, Poverty and Development and other participants with minimum requirements for admission into this programme.
The multi disciplinary nature of the degree course in Gender, Women and Development Studies will provide students with skills and knowledge required in government, NGOs, community based organizations and other relevant bodies involved in gender equity. This course will enhance the government‘s objective of mainstreaming gender through its MDGs, since students will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge required in the society. The course will also provide knowledge and skills for further capacity building in the area of gender, women and development studies.
The fundamental aim of the programme is to contribute to the intellectual development of the study of gender and development from an interdisciplinary perspective through research. It aims to equip the student with appropriate applied knowledge, skills and attitudes related to gender, women and development.
The specific objectives of the programme are:
i) To equip students with skills and knowledge to identify and analyse the importance of gender equity in development.
ii) To provide individuals with analytical knowledge and skills on organizational capacity building in relation to gender and development.
iii) To equip individuals with practical skills for gender mainstreaming in development.
iv) Prepare individuals to pursue careers in community development, education, government, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and religious organizations.
i) All University rules and regulations governing admission into the degree programmes shall apply
ii) The applicants must have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) with a minimum grade of C+ (plus) or its equivalent.
iii) Candidates may be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts programme if they hold a diploma in Gender, Women and Development Studies of ―Credit‖ level or higher recognised by university senate. In addition, applicants who have a diploma with a Credit level or higher in other related programmes that are relevant to gender from recognized institutions may be admitted to the degree programme.
Course Structure and Duration
The training for the Degree in Gender, Women and Development Studies shall extend for a period of not less than four academic years but not more than six academic years for part time students. This will include three months of attachment and report submission before graduation.
All examinations for this programmes will be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in the Statutes of Egerton University.
208.6 Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes XXVIII
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within the stipulated period
Degree Classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statutes XXVIII