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1.0 BACKGROUND OF THE UNIVERSITY

1.1 Vision and Mission of MaasaiMaraUniversity

The vision ofMaasai Mara University (MMU) is to be a World Class University committed to academic excellence for development. Its Mission is to provide quality University education through innovative teaching research and consultancy services for development. The Bachelor of Arts in Religion is therefore designed to significantly capture both the vision and mission of the University.

1.2 Philosophy of the University

The University is guided by a philosophical statement, "eng'eno e puuan", which is a Maasai expression for "Knowledge is Prosperity". As the University seeks creation of knowledge through research, it is further guided by its core values of excellence, professionalism,teamwork, creativity & innovativeness,transparency & accountability, equityand social justice.The University’s Philosophy Statement and its Mission Statement are complementary statements that focus on ensuring that the University has a genuine need for its existence by offering quality and relevant higher education, training and learning to its students. While the Mission Statement focuses on why the University exists, the Philosophy Statement addresses how Maasai Mara University fulfills its educational mission.

2.0 THE CURRICULUM

2.1 Title: Bachelor ofPhilosophy

2.2 Philosophy

To enhance and strengthen the learner’s cognitive and moral faculties towards the recognition of the inexhaustible aspects of rational and scientific knowledge and developing the power and desire to make sound moral decisions and to act morally. This is expected to be achieved through quality teaching, research and general dissemination of knowledge with the ultimate aim of contributing to national and global development.

2.3 Rationale of the Programme

The main objective of the Philosophy Programme is to contribute to national development by introducing and teaching courses that can facilitate a sharpened sense of critical and analytical thinking. While trying to achieve this, the Programme also endeavors to assist the students to understand themselves as members of the national community and acknowledge their commitment to the wider society. The Programme also aims at developing in the student’s awareness of thought movements and trends in both Western and non-Western world - views. Through the teaching of the philosophical courses, it is hoped that the students shall be able to critically assess such views and any other views while also helping them to consistently develop a sense of always having a valid justification for whatever views they may hold as they search for truth.

This programme is expected to train graduates with an understanding of the discipline of Philosophythat is comprehensive and relevant to the needs of development in Kenya and beyond..It is designed to provide theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge about man and society.

Students graduating with specialization in Philosophyare well equipped with critical and creative thinking skills necessary for policy and decision making and problem solving in the contemporary society.

2.4  Goalof the Programme

  1. The Bachelor of Philosophy seeks to expose students to and to enable them to effectively examine and critique various beliefs, practices and experiences and equip them with the requisite skills that are required to engender much needed understanding and harmony in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic world.
  2. To cultivate in the learner critical thinking skills that can be applied in diverse fields of human operations.
  3. Equip students with skills to undertake social science research.

2.5  Expected Learning Outcomesof the Programme

This program will:

  1. Promote and develop critical minded learners.
  2. Prepare students who are imbued with values to serve humanity and abhor societal evils such as corruption, tribalism, racism and discrimination.
  • Build competencies for consultancies and outreach
  1. Produce well trained and informed researchers in the field of Philosophy.
  2. Initiate, develop and implement sound research projects in the field of Philosophy and the numerous social phenomena and conflicts that are prevalent in our societies with a view to offering appropriate interventions and solutions.

2.6 Mode of Delivery

  1. Lectures
  2. Tutorials
  3. Assignments
  4. Practicum
  5. Group discussion/presentations
  6. E-learning platform

2.7 Academic Regulationsof the Programme

Admission Requirements

Eligible applicants in the Bachelor of Philosophy Programme shall meet the following qualifications:

EITHER

  • Holders of K.C.S.E certificate, grade C+ or its equivalent

OR

  • Holders K.A.C.E certificates with a minimum of two principal or its equivalent.

OR

  • Holders of a 2 year relevant diploma from an accredited institution which is recognized by the MaasaiMaraUniversity senate and CUE or its equivalent

              OR

  • Holders of an advanced relevant diploma from an accredited institution recognized by the University senate and CUE or its equivalent.

Regulations on Credit Transfer

A student would be eligible to transfer credits if he/ she:-

  • Does NOT transfer more than 49% credits if he/she intends to graduate from/ in MaasaiMaraUniversity
  • Has successfully passed the courses being transferred
  • Records and conduct have been confidentially communicated between the two Universities
  • Undertakes the new Universities’ common courses unless those previously taken are considered to be equivalent to what the new University offers

Course Requirements

The requirements for this course include lecture attendance, seminar participation, direct study, group work, field practicum, project research writing.

In addition, lecturers are obligated to offer quality academic support to learners including timely feedback. The Department and the School are obliged to conduct an induction every academic year as well as provide departmental and school facilities to learners. The University will offer both academic support such as library services as well as welfare support. Learners shall complete a research project in the final academic year of study.

Student Assessment Criteria

The pass mark shall be 40%. Courses shall be examined at the end of each semester. A written examination shall normally constitute 70% of the total marks in each course. Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) based on assignments, seminars and essays will constitute 30% of the total marks.

A candidate who fails any course(s) in a given semester shall be required to re-sit a supplementary examination in the respective course(s).

A candidate who, for verifiable and just reasons fails to sit for an examination shall be allowed to sit for special examination. Medical cases must be supported by authentic documentary proofs.

Grading System

The final award of Bachelor of Philosophy will be based on overall marks obtained in examinations, CATS, and Research project and shall be graded as follows:

Overall Average Mark

Grade

70% and Above

A

60%  - 69%

B

50%  - 59%

C

40%  - 49%

D

Below 40%

F

Examination Regulations

Internal and external examination regulations for the programme shall be as specified in the University Examination Regulations.

Moderation of Examinations

In order to monitor the reliability and validity of assessment procedures and academic standards, both internal and external examiners shall be involved in the moderation of examinations as specified in the University Examination Regulations.

Classification System

The final award of the Bachelor of Philosophy will be based on the learners having satisfactorily completed the courses, field practice and research project.

Graduation Requirements

The final award of the Bachelor of Philosophy will be based on the learners having satisfactorily completed an optimum number of 54 courses, including 1 field attachments and a research report.

Classification of Degrees

Overall Average Mark

Grade

Degree Classification

70% and Above

A

First Class Honors

60%  - 69%

B

Second Class Honors (Upper Division)

50%  - 59%

C

Second Class Honors (Lower Division)

40%  - 49%

D

Pass

Below 40%

F

-        

Regulations for the research project

The learner is required to demonstrate in less than 50 pages of double space abilities in identification and formulation of a research problem and research questions, development of  conceptual as well as operational hypotheses, critical examination of existing literature, develop operational measurements, use appropriate theory as a research guide, use appropriate sampling technique, use appropriate observation instruments, use appropriate data analysis techniques, logically interpret findings in respect of study objectives and hypotheses, write a report, include appropriate conclusions and recommendations. Background information on the study is also expected. References should reflect: author, year and title, place of publication and the publisher.

2.8 CourseEvaluation

Review of this curriculum will be done after 4 years. Course evaluation shall include the course content, instructional process, infrastructure and equipment for the delivery, instructional and reference materials and assessments.

2.9 Management and Administration

The Bachelor of Philosophy is housed in the Department of Social Studies in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Leadership is offered by the Dean of the School.

The Departmental Curriculum Board is the major vehicle for the quality assurance for the programme. It works hand in hand with the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Performance Contracting (DQAPC). DQAPC in turn reports to Senate through the academic division head. The directorate focuseson quality assurance, enhancement and internal audit of quality and arrangements necessary to ensure compliance with national, regional and international frameworks and codes of practice relating to academic standards, quality assurance and enhancement of degree programmes in the university.

2.10 List of Courses

The courses offered are shown below.

N/B: University-wide common courses are italicized; Programme core courses and required courses are in normal font; Elective courses are in bold font.

FIRST YEAR

SEMESTER ONE

Code

Title

Credit Hours

CMJ 1100

Communication Skills

3

ZOO 1100

HIV & Aids & Lifestyle Diseases

3

SAS 1103

The Art of Writing

3

PHL 1103

History of Philosophy (Ancient Period)

3

PHL 1104

Introduction to Logic

3

PHL1105

Introduction to Ethics

3

PHL 1106

Introduction to Philosophy

3

Credit Hours

 

21

SECOND SEMESTER

Code

Title

Credit Hours

COM 1200

Computer & Information Literacy

3

MAT 1200

Quantitative Skills

3

SAS 1204

Deviation and Rehabilitation

3

HIS 1207

Introduction to World Civilization

3

PHL 1207

Philosophy and Religious Studies

3

PHL 1208

History of Philosophy (Medieval Era)

3

PHL 1209

Philosophy, Law and Society

3

Credit Hours

 

              21

SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

Code

Title

Credit Hours

ENS 2100

Environmental Skills

3

PHL 2100

Philosophy & Critical Thinking

3

SAS 2105

Principles of Communication

3

PHL 2110

Introduction to Political Philosophy

3

PHL 2111

Philosophy, Gender and Human Rights

3

PHL 2112

History of Philosophy (Modern Era)

3

PHL2113

Metaphysics

3

PHL2114

Logic II

3

PHL2115

Philosophy of Human Nature

3

Credit Hours

 

24

SECOND SEMESTER

Code

Title

Credit Hours

SAS 2206

Ethnicity, Peace Relations and Nation-Building in Kenya   

3

REL 2205

Religion and Society

3

PHL 2216

Philosophy and Good Governance

3

PHL2217

Political Philosophy in Africa

3

PHL2218

History of Philosophy (Contemporary Era)    

3

PHL2229

Philosophy and Development of Society

3

PHL2220

Ethics, National Values and Integrity

3

Credit Hours

 

21

THIRD YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

Code

Title

Credit Hours

SAS 3107

Contemporary Gender Issues

3

REL 3105

Religion and Science

3

PHL 3121

Research Methodology in Philosophy

3

PHL3122

African Social Philosophy

3

PHL3123

Field Course

3

PHL3124

Philosophy and Education

3

PHL 3125

Epistemology

3

PHL3126

Faith and Reason       

3

PHL3127

Philosophy of History

3

Credit Hours

 

21

SECOND SEMESTER

Code

Title

Credit Hours

BBM 3200

Entrepreneurial & Work Skills

3

SAS 3208

Communication and Culture

3

PHL 3228

African Philosophy

3

PHL 3229

Moral Philosophy

3

PHL 3230

African Renaissance

3

PHL 3231

Philosophy of Language

3

PHL 3232

Environmental Philosophy and Ethics

3

PHL 3233

Realism

3

PHL 3234

Philosophy of Arts (Aesthetics)

3

 Credit Hours

 

21

FOURTH YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER 

Code

Title

Credit Hours

SAS 4109

English for Specific Purposes

3

PHL 4135

Issues in Social Ethics

3

PHL4136

Philosophy, Science and Culture

3

PHL4137

Field Attachment & Project

6

PHL4138

Philosophy of Religion

3

PHL4139

Philosophy of Science

3

PHL4140

Philosophy and African Traditional Religion

3

PHL4141

Pragmatism

3

PHL4142

Philosophy of Natural Science

3

PHL4143

African Aesthetics

3               

Credit Hours

 

24                                                          

SECOND SEMESTER

Code

Title

Credit Hours

SAS 4210

Disaster & Conflict Management

3

PHL 4244

Research Paper

3

PHL 4245

Topics in African Philosophy

3

PHL 4246

Topics in Moral Philosophy

3

PHL 4247

Medical Ethics

3

PHL 4248

Business Ethics

3

PHL 4249

Philosophy of Social Science

3

PHL 4250

Applied Ethics and Philosophy of Biological Sciences    

3

PHL 4251

Phenomenology

3

Credit Hours

 

21

NOTE:Each course takes 3 credit hours (a maximum of 45 hours, translating to 15 weeks, where 13 weeks are dedicated to teaching and 2 weeks to examinations).

2.11 Total Credit Hours

The total credit hours are 174, which is within the range of 168-192 as stipulated by Commission for University Education Curriculum Standards.

2.12 Duration and Structureof the Programme

The programme is offered in full-time and extends for 4 academic years or its equivalent. The programme runs for 8 academic semesters:

Year

1

2

3

4

Total

Semester

1

II

1

II

1

II

1

II

 

University Common Course

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

7

School Common Course

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

8

Programme Common Course

4

4

4

5

5

4

6

5

37

Electives

0

0

1

0

1

1

1

1

6

Total

7

7

8

7

7

7

7

7

174 

Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

Physical Address

Maasai Mara University

P.O. Box 861 - 20500, Narok, Kenya 

Email: info@mmarau.ac.ke

Tel: +254 020 5131400

Admission Enquiries: reg.aa@mmarau.ac.ke
 
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