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PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The PhD programme in Environmental Studies is aimed at integrating a wide range of concepts embracing multiple approaches, with a focus on training and developing capacity on managing, use, development, understanding and solving critical and emerging environmental issues and challenges. This involve the pressing environmental issues and problems in the country and in the region. It is also aimed at producing human resources who will form leaders to manage the resources for the County as well as national government(s).

RATIONALE OF THE PROGRAMME

There are pressing environmental issues in the county as well as in the country including the shrinking of arable land relative to rapidly growing human and livestock populations, loss of vegetation resulting in flooding and soil erosion, destruction of water catchment important for the region, high pressure on energy resources, increased pressure on wildlife in national parks and game-reserves, forests and wetlands, deterioration of the social environment including human settlement and sanitation, work place especially in the urban, peri-urban and rural areas among other issues. These environmental issues, their management and development require skilled manpower at all levels. Therefore, in this regard, this programme will develop professional and research capabilities in all major areas of environment which are of local, national and regional significance, to keep in line with the requirements of the market so that graduates are trained and capacitated on solving the environmental challenges for sustainable development. 

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMME

At the completion of the students’ thesis the students should be able to have generated and disseminate knowledge and innovation to make a contribution

  1. a) To provide knowledge and understanding of environmental problems and ways of addressing them.
  2. b) In refining and advancing knowledge in various aspects of the environment and on environmental issues
  3. c) To conduct demand-driven, problem solving and action-oriented research projects in the field of Environmental Studies
  4. d) Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods, qualitative analysis, critical thinking, and written and oral communication needed to conduct interdisciplinary work in the field of environmental studies

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROPOSED PROGRAMME

To qualify for admission into a Doctor of Philosophy programme, a candidate shall be a

  1. Holders of a relevant Masters degree of Maasai Mara University.  OR
  2. Holders of a relevant Masters degree from any other accredited University recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate as equivalent to (i) above. OR

            iii.         Holder of other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a relevant Masters degree.

  1. In addition to the Masters degree, the candidate shall normally have a Bachelors degree.
  2. In addition to the above, applicants must meet the specific requirements of the doctoral degree programme as approved by senate
  3. In addition to fulfilling the common university regulations, an applicant for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies should be a holder of a Masters in the following disciplines: life science, physical sciences, social sciences, law, engineering, humanities and allied disciplines. This include Masters in Environmental Studies, Land Resources Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Wildlife, Forestry, Agriculture, Land Economics, Law, Sociology, Tourism, Natural Resource Management and Geography from a University recognized by Maasai Mara University senate. 

  

Dr. Waweru Kamundia

Chairperson, Department of Environmental Studies, Geography and Agriculture,

Maasai Mara University, 
P.O. Box 861-20500,
Narok.

Cell: +254 722 408 815 
+254 770 745 339 

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Introduction

This is a 4-year programme leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Science.

RATIONALE

Human societies are faced by natural resources and environmental limitations. An understanding of how the Earth works, how it developed into it's current state as well as the interaction between the living and non-living things that occur naturally on Earth is necessary for living things depend on the environment for survival. The solution to these challenges is effective monitoring, evaluation, conservation and sustainable utilization in order to prevent and reduce the effect of environmental issues.  It is on this note that the BSc in Environmental Earth Sciences is offered as an integrated, interdisciplinary program that provides knowledge and skills to identify and assess the qualitative, scientific and technical earth issues.

GOAL

With an integrated approach B.Sc. Environmental Earth Sciences helps students to explore the inter-relationships between the solid Earth and various aspects such as the Earth environment, including political, economic and social issues. The students will use principles of geology, physical geography, chemistry, biology, mathematics and social science to investigate how the solid Earth affects human society and how human society impacts on the solid Earth.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the programme, learners should be able to:

  1. Apply environmental earth sciences knowledge to enable students to understand a systems approach  to the Earth Sciences
  2. Investigate, monitor, evaluate, manage and conserve earth’s resources and the environment, and provide earth  science  perspectives  on  sustainability  and  social  awareness  on  renewable/non-renewable resources, climate change among others
  3. Analyses data in Earth Sciences using a variety of research techniques and software packages and be able to critically assess the quality of scientific method, data, results, conclusions and implications of relevant studies. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into this degree programme, an applicant must be in possession of the minimum qualification for admission into a bachelor’s degree programme of Maasai Mara University, or its equivalent.  In addition, the applicant will be required to:

  1. Have obtained a grade of C+ (plus) and above in K.C.S.E with a minimum of a Grade C (plain) in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics and any of Group II courses at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) level or
  2. Have obtained at A-level with a minimum of 2 principles (one of which should be in Mathematics or geography) and 2 subsidiaries and should have at least one year of relevant work experience or
  3. Have passed K.C.S.E or its equivalent with a minimum grade of C- (minus) in the subjects named in (a) above.  In addition to this the applicant must have a Diploma and/or a Higher National diploma from a recognized institution in Environment Studies or a related field (with distinction or credit).  Diploma holders who meet this requirement will join this programme in 2nd year.

 

Dr. Waweru Kamundia

Chairperson, Department of Environmental Studies, Geography and Agriculture,

Maasai Mara University, 
P.O. Box 861-20500,
Narok.

Cell: +254 722 408 815 
+254 770 745 339 

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INTRODUCTION

The changing global weather and climatic conditions are predicted to have major direct impacts on human health and the biological resource base upon which human populations derive their livelihoods. The programme is designed to train professionals that integrate both conservation and management of biological resources as well as human health as a basis of sustainable development. 

The Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Environmental Biology and Health) programme is a 4 year full time (8 semesters), including an intensive 3 month industrial work placement in relevant private and/or public organizations to enable students obtain hands on experience and exposure to contemporary issues in natural resource conservation and public health. Teaching will follow a problem-based learning approach. Written and in some cases practical examinations are given at the end of each semester.

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Environmental Biology and Health) is to impart integrated knowledge and practical skills in environmental biology and public health for sustainable development.  

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. a) In addition to satisfying the minimum University requirements, the candidate should also possess passes at grade C+ or above in Biology or Biological Sciences and a minimum of a C plain in, Chemistry and either Physics/ Physical Sciences, Geography or Mathematics OR,
  2. b) At least two Principal and one Subsidiary passes in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) in Biology, Chemistry, Geography or Mathematics; OR,
  3. c) A two-year Diploma in Applied Biology or Public Health and Sanitation from Maasai Mara University or any institution recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate with at least a credit pass.
  4. d) 2-year Diploma holders who meet the admission requirements will join the programme in the 2nd year of study while 3-year Diploma holders will be admitted in the 3rd year of study.
  5. e) Holders of any other qualifications recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate may be admitted after passing a prescribed entry examination.

 

Dr. Waweru Kamundia

Chairperson, Department of Environmental Studies, Geography and Agriculture,

Maasai Mara University, 
P.O. Box 861-20500,
Narok.

Cell: +254 722 408 815 
+254 770 745 339 

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Geography is essentially a spatial and temporal science that is focused at answering questions regarding two aspects of human life: The geographic environment and place. 

The geographic environment is made up of complex natural and human phenomena that interact in a multiplicity of ways over space. Such relationships amongst natural biophysical processes and features; human populations and their respective socioeconomic context and natural resource management are of particular interest to geographers. 

A place becomes distinctive only when one appreciates the wide range of variation in its natural and/or built up environments across the earth’s surface. The temporal considerations give meaning the changes that occur over time on the geographical phenomena. 

Geography examines both physical and human problems from an integrative perspective, which ensures that virtually any type of topic or problem can be examined geographically making the discipline relevant to the provision of solutions to geographic problems that the country faces.  

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the programme the students should be able to:

  1. Apply geographic knowledge and techniques in a variety of knowledge creation and service provision endeavors and thereby promote the understanding of geospatial and temporal phenomena.
  2. Evaluate and analyze geographic and environmental phenomena and therefore contribute to the solution to problems that affect humanity.
  3. Apply cartographic and remote sensing techniques in fields and aspects that focus on their applications in planning and spatial resource management.
  4. Pursue graduate studies and research in geography and other related fields.

 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted into the degree programme, an applicant must be in possession of the minimum qualification for admission into a B.A. degree programme of Maasai Mara University, or its equivalent.  In addition, he/she will be required to:

(a)    Have obtained a minimum of a Grade B- in Geography and C+ in Mathematics and any of Group II courses at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) level or

(b)   2 principles (one of which should be in geography) and 2 subsidiaries at A level and should have at least three years of relevant work experience or

(c)    Have a Diploma and/or a Higher National diploma in a related subject (with distinction or credit) from a recognized institution.

 

Dr. Waweru Kamundia

 

Chairperson, Department of Environmental Studies, Geography and Agriculture,

Maasai Mara University, 
P.O. Box 861-20500,
Narok.

Cell: +254 722 408 815 
+254 770 745 339 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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In line with the Vision of Maasai Mara University which is focused on the achievement of academic excellence for development, this programme aims to produce a BA Literature, Theatre and Film graduate with a creative and innovative capacity to harness knowledge, cultural resources and talent for the purpose of employing art in the service of the community.

This programme provides the BA Literature student with a variety of skills in creative writing, literary criticism, editing and in film and theatre to enable him/her to obtain employment or to be self employed in the film, media, publishing and entertainment industries. The programme takes cognisance of the requirements for students who may wish to pursue further studies at postgraduate level in the disciplines of Literature, Theatre and Film after their completion of the programme. In this regard the programme offers an adequate number of theoretical and critical courses to provide them with the necessary grounding for graduate study.

Learning Outcomes of the Programme

By the end of the programme the Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Theatre and Film graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply critical reading skills in the analysis of literary and performance texts in a variety of contexts, including in reviews, editing for publication, preparation of scripts for performance, and research
  2. Apply literary, Theatre and film theory to practical situations including creative writing, performance and film making
  3. Employ creative writing skills in the development of literary, theatrical and film texts
  4. Understand the historical and social contexts underpinning African creative arts, and employ this knowledge in problem solving in the field of African literature, theatre and film
  5. Integrate literature, theatre and film in social work including community sensitisation and intervention
  6. Incorporate concepts learnt in other disciplines in analysis and problem solving in the field of the creative and performing arts.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted in the degree programme the applicant must fulfill the common academic requirements as prescribed by Maasai Mara University. Specifically:

(i) Applicant must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to the University.

(ii) Applicants must have obtained a mean grade of C+ at KCSE level. In addition, the applicant must have obtained a minimum a grade of C+ in English at the KCSE level. Or

(iii) Two Principal passes and a subsidiary pass at KACE – A level or

(iv) A two year diploma in a relevant field from a recognized institution at the grade of credit and above. 

Regulations on Credit Transfer

Students wishing to transfer credits from other universities should:

  1. have obtained a  mean grade of C+ at KCSE
  2. A maximum number of 48 credits are required for transfer. Transfers will only be possible at the beginning of Y2 Students wishing to transfer credits should atleast have covered all 4 core and 6 core Journalism Year 1  courses. No transfer will be allowed after Y2S1.

 A minimum grade C is required for transfer.

List of courses offered every semester.

First Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
CMJ 1100 Communication Skills  University Common Course 3
ZOO 1100 HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle Diseases University Common Course 3
SAS  1101 The Art of Writing School Required 3
LIT  1103 Introduction to Literature Core Programme 3
LIT  1104 Introduction toTheatre Core Programme 3
LIT 1105 Film Analysis Core Programme 3
LIT 1106 Reading and Writing in Literature Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 21

Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
COM 1200 Computer and Information Literacy University Common Course 3
MAT 1200 Quantitative Skills University Common Course 3
SAS 1202  Deviation & Rehabilitation  School Required 3
LIT  1207 Classical Literary Theory Core Programme 3
LIT  1208 Themes in East African Literature  Core Programme 3
LIT  1209 Speech and Stage Movement Core Programme 3
LIT  1210 Cinematography and Camera Techniques Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 21

Second Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
ENS 2100 Environmental Skills University Common Course 3
REL 2100 Philosophy and Critical Thinking University Common Course 3
SAS 2103 Principles of Communication School Required 3
LIT 2111 Humanist Literary Theory Core Programme 3
LIT 2112 Introduction to Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 2113 Introduction to Poetry Core Programme 3
LIT 2114 Script Making and Interpretation Core Programme 3
LIT 2115 Creative Writing  Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 24 

Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 2204 Ethnicity, Peace Relations and Nation Building in Kenya School Req 3
LIT 2216 Introduction to Oral Literature Core Programme  3
LIT 2217 Children's Literature Core Programme  3
LIT 2218 The East African Short Story Core Programme 3
LIT 2219 Dance Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 2220 Editing Creative Writing Core Programme 3
LIT 2221 Television Drama: Forms and Genres Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 21

Third Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 3105 Contemporary Gender Issues School Required 3
LIT 3122 Critical Theory Core Programme  3
LIT 3123 Caribbean Literature   Core Programme  3
LIT 3124 Stylistics Core Programme 3
LIT 3125 European Fiction Core Programme 3
LIT 3126 Theoretical Perspectives in Theatre   Core Programme 3
LIT 3127 Radio Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 3128 Film Theory Core Programme 3
LIT 3129 African Cinema  Core Programme  3
Total Credit Factors 27                                                                  

Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
BBM 3200 Entrepreneurial and Work Skills  University Common Course 3
SAS 3206 Communication and Culture School Required 3
LIT 3230 Theories of Oral Literature Core Programme  3
LIT 3231 West African Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 3232 Kenyan Fiction and History Core Programme 3
LIT 3233 Adaptation for Film and Theatre Core Programme 3
LIT 3234 Stage and Costume Design  Core Programme 3
LIT 3235 Industrial Attachment Core Programme 6
Total Credit Factors 27

Fourth Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 4136 English for Specific Purposes  School Required 3
LIT 4136 Literature & Postmodernist Theory Core Programme 3
LIT 4137 The African Novel Core Programme  3
LIT 4138 Theatre in Education Core Programme 3
LIT 4139 Entertainment Management & Marketing Core Programme 3
LLIT 4140 Film Scriptwriting Core Programme 3
LIT 4141 Creative Writing Project Elective  3
LIT 4142 Gender in Literature Elective  3
LIT 4143 Film Production Project Elective  3
Total Credit Factors 27

 

Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 4245 Disaster & Conflict Management School Required 3
LIT 4244 Modern African Poetry Core Programme 3
LIT 4245 Studies in Postcolonial Discourse Core Programme  3
LIT 4246 Literary Journalism  Core Programme 3
LIT 4247 Theatre in Community Development Core Programme 3
LIT 4248 Film Directing Core Programme 3
LIT 4249 Film Editing Core Programme 3
LIT 4250 Major Literary Movements Elective  3
LIT 4251 African American Poetry and Drama Elective  3
Total Credit Factors 27

 

 

 

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

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