Graduate teaching provision in the social sciences, governance and public policy. Final Report - Part A: Scale and disciplinary trends

Abstract

This is Part A of a study that set out to provide an assessment of the current scale of capacity building support for graduate research and training in the social sciences in Africa generally. The study is based on a survey of postgraduate activity in the social sciences in six countries: Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia. Over 20 African universities were surveyed in this study that aimed to broadly assess existing postgraduate programmes in the social sciences. A select number of programmes of interest to the project were reviewed in detail. Areas covered include the scale of activity, disciplinary and subject trends, teaching staff, programme delivery and interesting practice in South Africa. Core disciplines (political science, sociology etc) and ‘themed’ or interdisciplinary programmes (e.g. peace and conflict studies) are also covered. Details of programmes due to be launched in 2011or which are currently in the planning phases were also included. It was felt that this would give a more useful picture of the likely or emerging landscape when PASGR commences its own programmes, while also signalling the interests and existing plans of universities and their management. Figures for total provision include current and planned programmes, while country profiles indicate, by department, which are already running and which are yet to be launched. In Ghana the study identified six relevant institutions, in Kenya eight, in Tanzania four, in Uganda 11, and one in each of Mozambique and Zambia.

Citation

Harle, J. Graduate teaching provision in the social sciences, governance and public policy. Final Report - Part A: Scale and disciplinary trends. Partnership for African Social & Governance Research (PASGR), Nairobi, Kenya (2010) 11 pp. [A PASGR Scoping study]

Graduate teaching provision in the social sciences, governance and public policy. Final Report - Part A: Scale and disciplinary trends

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