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Institute of Development Studies

The Saint John’s University of Tanzania (SJUT) Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was established in May 2008 as a response to the need for improved teaching and organized research on important faith, socio- economic, and political issues in development. The aim is to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to research, teaching, training and consultancy in the field of development studies.

Development Studies at SJUT is taught from a worldview perspective as well as a Christian orientation. We are concerned with the understanding and analysis of processes which are transforming people’s lives throughout the world, and with applying academic knowledge and skills to real life challenges. The IDS was established to give this vision a reality.

For more information, please contact us at ids@sjut.ac.tz
Tel: 255 26 239 0025;
255 26 232 4565;

Development Studies Undergraduate Courses

DS 030 (For Diploma students)

Introduction to development studies;
Theories of development
Power, Right, Governance and Participation issues in development
Gender and development
Poverty and development
Population and development

DS 110 ( All first year students)

Introduction to development studies
Theories of development
World views and Christian social teaching in development
Political economy
Issues in development - power, human rights, governance, participation, globalization and climate change

DS 200 (All second year SJUT students except nursing)

Communication, science and technology in development
Gender and development
Poverty and alternative strategies to development
Agricultural transformation, food security, and rural development
Population and environmental issues in development

DS 201 (Second year nursing only)

Introduction to health and health policy
Gender and development
Population and poverty in health
Agriculture and food security in development
Alternative approaches to health and development

DS 300 (Elective course for third year students)

Project planning and management
Business and entrepreneurship skills
Social science research skills
Conflict and conflict resolution
Natural resource management
Ethics and moral issues in development

The Master of Art in Community Development at St. John’s University of Tanzania consists of two academic years - one year for coursework, and the second year for research and development of dissertation. Coursework is comprised of 36 units in the two semesters of the first year of study, plus 18 units of research and dissertation in the second year. The M.A in Community Development is offered under full time basis. This program is open to individuals with recognized backgrounds in the field of development studies and other related disciplines.



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.