University of Nairobi
  • University of Nairobi (UoN)
  • Bachelors Degree Program
  • 4 years

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION program at University of Nairobi course details

Course Overview

The aim of the Department of Literature syllabus for the degree of Bachelor of Education (Arts) at the University of Nairobi is to create a strong theoretical, philosophical and practical foundation in the study and appreciation of literature. The focus is on the theoretical, regional and generic components of the discipline, so as to produce graduates who can confidently and competently handle literary texts from varied socio-cultural environments, and without neglecting the centrality of Africa and the African.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1. A candidate for admission to the Faculty of Arts (hereinafter referred to as "the Faculty") must have any of the following as minimum qualifications:

i) KCSE with a B or equivalent

ii) KCSE with a C plain or equivalent Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this programme are:

1.      Equip students with sufficient basic tools and skills for play production, play interpretation and organizing field research in oral literature.

2.      For a broader exposure to literary texts through the prose and poetry courses offered, as well as the introduction of other genres such as drama and oral literature within the framework of textual and generic variety.

3.      Core courses equipping students with the basic analytical skills as well as aesthetic appreciation of literature are offered in the first and second years before more complex textual appreciation can be handled in the final two years.

4.      Encouraged Research and scholarship through creative work and research essays

Course Program

First Year

First Semester (All one-unit courses)


Nature and Function of Literature

Language use in Literature

Second Semester (All one-unit courses)


Practical Criticism

Theories and concepts in oral Lit.

Second Year

First Semester (All one-unit courses)


Literature and Society

Oral Literature in Kenya

Second Semester (All one-unit courses)


Elements of Drama

East African Poetry

Third Year

First Semester (All one-unit courses)


East African Prose

East African Drama


Field Work in Oral Literature

Black Aesthetics

Literary Stylistics

Theatre Arts: Play Interpretation

Children’s Literature

Second Semester (All one-unit courses)


South African Prose

Caribbean Literature


American Literature

Latin American Literature

Japanese Literature

Theater Arts: Play Production

European Drama

Fourth Year

First Semester (All one-unit courses)


The European Novel

West African Prose


South African Poetry and Drama

Canadian Literature

Indian Literature

Research Methods in Literature

Second Semester (All one-unit courses)


Afro-American Literature

West African Poetry & Drama


Single Authors

The Foreign Writers on Africa

European Poetry


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