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INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (IDS)

  1. WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR
  • Welcome to the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), where you will find a work in research, teaching, training and consultancy on important faith, political and socio–economic issues within the field of Development Studies. 
  • Development Studies at St John’s University of Tanzania is taught from a Christian worldview perspective, from which development is always seen in a holistic perspective. As such, development, properly understood, is transformation of the total person and total communities.  We view Development Studies as being concerned with the understanding and analysis of processes which are meant to be transformative to people’s lives. It is also about applying academic knowledge and skills to real life challenges. The Development Studies course at St John’s University of Tanzania offers an exciting journey that draws students to reflect on development theories and issues of social transformation from a Christian perspective. The course introduces students to a range of theoretical and practical understanding of development theories and issues at global and local levels including poverty, HIV and AIDS, gender, justice, governance, environmental degradation, food security, land use and distribution, corruption and human rights. In so doing, it challenges students to adopt a more analytical and prophetic approach to social, economic and religious issues. St John’s University of Tanzania as a church institution, has a crucial role to play in this situation. That role includes a critique of the dominant models of development along with a commitment to people-centered, sustainable livelihoods.
  • We welcome our partners and prospective students to go through the IDS webpage or visit us at the Chief Mazengo Campus in Dodoma to get further information about our programs and what we do as we facilitate to learn to serve God and people, and how might join us.          
  1. VISION
  • The Institute of Development Studies at St John’s University seeks to contribute to the realization of the vision of the University by being a competent research, teaching, training and consultancy institute furthering knowledge and contributing to policy changes, a critical understanding of current development issues and to significant debates on development.
  1. MISSION
  • Through research, learning, teaching and training the Institute of Development Studies provide the best available knowledge, tools and information to contribute to making SJUT graduates competitive in the 21st century.
  1. GOAL
  • To provide an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to research, teaching, training and consultancy in the field of development studies.
  1. FACULTY VALUES
  1. ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
  • Currently the Institute offers the following academic programs;:

Non-Degree Programs

Certificate in Community Development (1 year)

Diploma in Community Development (2 years)

Degree Programs

Master of Art in Community Development (18 months)

In addition, the following University-wide required courses are offered through the Institute:

  • DS 110 – Development Studies I
  • DS 200 – Development Studies II
  1. OTHER UNIVERSITY-WIDE COURSES
  • CL 100 - Communication Skills I
  • CL 101 – Communication Skills II
  • IT 110 – Computer Application I
  • IT 111 – Computer Application II
  1. SPECIFIC SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Degree Programs

Master’s degree

Candidates with minimum of second class honours degree from a recognised university or approved higher learning institution upon submission and approval of the original academic certificates to the Admissions Office. A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma with a minimum GPA of 4.0 on a 5-point scale, or equivalent, in Development Studies or related field from a recognized university or approved higher learning institution may be considered for admission.

Candidates with a pass degree or an unclassified degree will also be considered for admission if their undergraduate performance in Development Studies, or related field, was a B grade average or better and if they have satisfied the Institute that they have exhibited academic potential through extensive field work, subsequent research experience and/or additional training.

Non-Degree Programs

  • Diploma in Community Development:

Form VI: with one principal pass ‘E’ or certificate with 2.7 GPA and above or B Average.

  • Certificate in Community Development:

Form IV: with 4 passes (D).

 

 

 

  1. ADMINISTRATION

Director:

Dr Elizabeth M Msoka

BSc (Nutrition, Sokoine University of Agriculture), MA (Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam), PhD (Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam).

Associate Director:

David K Msola

Diploma (Education, Monduli Teachers Training College), BSc (Agriculture, Sokoine University of Agriculture), MA (Rural Development, Sokoine University of Agriculture), PhD (Development Studies, Sokoine University of Agriculture).

 

Other Staff:

Fredrick Golden

Diploma (Education, Mpwapwa Teachers Training College), BA (Regional Development Planning, Institute of Rural Development Planning), MA (Community Development, St John’s University of Tanzania).

Clarence Hugo Nyoni

BSc (Agriculture, Sokoine University of Agriculture), MA (Rural Development, Sokoine University of Agriculture).

ST JOHN'S UNIVERSITY OF Tanzania

TO LEARN TO SERVE

The University seeks to be true to its founding principles, and to operate on Christian principles, but welcomes students and scholars from any faith or race.

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