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MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY program

University of Nairobi

Masters Program 4 YEARS

Course Details

Course Overview

Anthropology is the study of humankind in a broad and comparative perspective. It provides a unified conception of human nature and human experience. One of the strengths of anthropology as a discipline is its “holistic” or integrative approach; it links the life sciences and the humanities and has strong links with disciplines ranging from biology and psychology to linguistics, political science, and the fine arts. Anthropology is appropriate for people with a wide variety of interests including human cultures and civilizations both present and past, human variation, and human and animal behavior. This syllabus takes a broad view of anthropology maintaining both a balance and integration among the four fields (socio cultural, physical/biological, archaeology, and linguistics) which have traditionally characterized the discipline. The revised MA programme is in response to the increasing demand for anthropological training and skills to address current problems and challenges in Kenya and globally.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for admission at the University of Nairobi for the above programme are:


1.      A holder of a first degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate.


2.      A holder of a first degree with Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from the University ofNairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate and at least three years relevant work experience or a postgraduate diploma.


3.      A holder of a first degree of Pass level with at least three years relevant work experience and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate.

Course Objectives

The specific objectives of this programme at the University of Nairobi are to:


a) Provide students with sound theoretical and practical knowledge in anthropology.


b) Equip students with effective research tools relevant to anthropology.


c) Enable students to specialize in one of the sub-fields of anthropology.


d) Provide a forum for the exchange of current thinking in anthropological knowledge and research.

Course Program

Course outline


Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Anthropology


Anthropological Theory


Social Science Research Methods


Statistics for Social Sciences


 


Thematic Areas of Specialization


1. Medical Anthropology


2. Development Anthropology


3. Language, Culture and Society


4. Physical Anthropology


5. Archaeology and Prehistory


6. Anthropology of Children and Childhood


7. Anthropology of Conservation


Medical Anthropology Option


Contemporary Theory and Method in Medical Anthropology


Fundamentals of Health Social Science


Implemen. Research for Disease Control


Culture, Health and Disease


Ecology, Health and Disease


Food, Culture and Disease


Anthropology of the Body


Social Science of Tropical Diseases


Applied Anthropology for Public Health


Anthropology and Biomedicine


Ethno medicine


Health Systems Research


Health Promotion


Culture, Health and Sexuality


 


Development Anthropology Option


Theories & Concepts of Development


Culture and Development


Gender and development


Leadership & Development in Africa


Sustainable Development


Applied Anthropology & Development


Issues in Rural Development


Urbanization and Development


Poverty Reduction and Development


Globalisation and Development


Anthropology & Politics of Development


Tourism and Development


Participatory Development Approaches


 


Language, Culture and Society Option


Ethnography of Speaking


Types & Extent of Linguistic Diversity


Code-Switching


The Languages of Africa


Special Forms of Language


The role of Language in Development


Intercultural Communication


The Language Situation in Kenya


Ethno semantics


Historical & Comparative Linguistics


Folklore


 


Physical Anthropology Option


Palaeo anthropology


Primate Socio ecology


Advanced Human Evolution


Genetics and Society


Population Genetics


Genetics Counselling


Human Skeletal and Dental Biology


Nutrition & Population Health Assessment


Human Growth and Constitution


Human Genetics and Biochemical Anthropology


 


Archaeology and Prehistory Option


Research Methods in Archaeology


Explanation in Archaeology


Developments in Archaeological Thought


Formation Processes of the Archae. Record


Archaeology as Human Ecology


Archaeology and Gender


The Individual in Prehistory


Archaeological Curatorship


Dating Methods in Archaeology


Society in Prehistory


Terminal Pleistocene and Holocene


Archaeology of the World


 


Anthropology of Children and Childhood Option


Anthropology of Childhood


Child Development


Culture and Childcare


Children’s Cultures


Children and Schooling


Children in Health and Sickness


Children and Social Change


Children in Especially Difficult Situations


Child Abuse


Children and the Media


Children and the Law


 


Anthropology of Conservation Option


Society and Natural Resources


Society and Environment


Social Ecology, Community Forestry and Place-Based Environmentalism


Environmental Ethics


Management of Conservation Programmes


Environment, Develop. & Social Movements


Environmental Justice


Language and Biodiversity


Global and Local Approaches to Urban Ecosystem


 Agriculture and the Environment

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