MASTER OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Overview

BACKGROUND

Geography and environmental studies which belong to both school of physical sciences and faculty of Arts adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that describes and analyses the location of places on the earth and the distribution of bio-physical and human phenomena in space and time. The discipline is a science which accounts for the spatial distribution, association and variation of phenomena, including the impact of human activities on the physical environment. The program is revised in line with ENESCO International Standards Classification of Education and Training (ISCED-F, 2013). The subject benchmark focuses on the advancement, transfer and sharing of knowledge through research, training and teaching activities includes 031(social and behavioural sciences and 052(environmental sciences) and 0532(earth sciences especially geography)

PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The philosophy of the programme is to understand the spatial distribution, association and variation of phenomena and their interaction with the environment. The study of the relationship between humanity activities and the physical environment is a major focus of interest in the field of geography and environmental studies. The philosophical basis of geography as a science is that there exists recognizable regularity and order in the spatial distribution of phenomena. The degree of spatial processes and patterns in the physical and human environments is understood through a scientific and problem-solving approach. Through holistic approach to learning and the philosophical orientation of the discipline, this programme is designed to produce professionals who can appreciate the complexity of the environment and learn how to manage and conserve natural and human resources in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kenya Vision 2030 and the government’s Big Four Agenda.

RATIONALE OF THE PROGRAMME

The discipline enables a learner to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the world as well as the different bio-physical and socio-economic contexts at global, regional and local levels. The inherent diversity of the discipline’s research frontier provides students with a wide range of skills that is essential in understanding geographic and environmental challenges. This knowledge is essential in making informed and critical judgements demanded from a global citizen in the twenty-first century. The revision of the program is in tandem with the need to understand the ever changing human-environment interactions and their emerging challenges. In addition, geography and environmental studies applies a range of changing methodological skills that are relevant in the discipline’s scientific and problem-solving approach. Geography and environmental studies improves the learners’ knowledge of the earth and challenges their creativity in understanding the complex realities of the world. As such, knowledge from geography and environmental studies is relevant in many career opportunities and sectors. This programme has been developed through consultations with relevant stakeholders from government institutions (NEMA, KWS, KenGen) and Non-Governmental Organizations (Born Free Foundation, Birdlife International).

GOAL OF THE PROGRAMME

The main goal of the programme is to impart knowledge and skills for understanding human-environment interactions and to produce a cadre of professional with quality training in geography and environmental studies for sustainable development.

Areas of Specialization under this programme include:-

1.  Agricultural Geography
2.  Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management
3.  Climatology
4.  Population Geography
5.  Industrial Geography
6.  Urban Geography
7.  Transport Geography
8.  Geomorphology
9.  Environmental Planning and Management
10. Economic Geography
11. Climatology
12. Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management
13. Agricultural Geography
 

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMME

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

a) Demonstrate the ability to think critically by considering the inter-relationships between the bio-physical and human environments.

b) Apply geographical knowledge in addressing societal environmental challenges.

c) Demonstrate an understanding of the emerging global environmental challenges.

d) Apply scientific skills for research, mapping and communicating geographic and environmental information.

MODE OF DELIVERY

FACE-TO-FACE

Coursework for the programme shall be delivered through face-to-face sessions for full-time and part-time students as per University regulations.

OPEN, DISTANCE AND ELECTRONIC LEARNING (ODEL)

  1. The ODeL mode of delivery shall be through multi-media approach, including a variety of self-instructional print and electronic study materials as the ODeL Campus may from time to time determine.
  2. In addition, there will be limited face-to-face instruction during residential sessions for ODeL students. The face-to-face instruction shall not exceed one-third of the instruction time.

BACKGROUND

Geography and environmental studies which belong to both school of physical sciences and faculty of Arts adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that describes and analyses the location of places on the earth and the distribution of bio-physical and human phenomena in space and time. The discipline is a science which accounts for the spatial distribution, association and variation of phenomena, including the impact of human activities on the physical environment. The program is revised in line with ENESCO International Standards Classification of Education and Training (ISCED-F, 2013). The subject benchmark focuses on the advancement, transfer and sharing of knowledge through research, training and teaching activities includes 031(social and behavioural sciences and 052(environmental sciences) and 0532(earth sciences especially geography)

PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The philosophy of the programme is to understand the spatial distribution, association and variation of phenomena and their interaction with the environment. The study of the relationship between humanity activities and the physical environment is a major focus of interest in the field of geography and environmental studies. The philosophical basis of geography as a science is that there exists recognizable regularity and order in the spatial distribution of phenomena. The degree of spatial processes and patterns in the physical and human environments is understood through a scientific and problem-solving approach. Through holistic approach to learning and the philosophical orientation of the discipline, this programme is designed to produce professionals who can appreciate the complexity of the environment and learn how to manage and conserve natural and human resources in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kenya Vision 2030 and the government’s Big Four Agenda.

RATIONALE OF THE PROGRAMME

The discipline enables a learner to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the world as well as the different bio-physical and socio-economic contexts at global, regional and local levels. The inherent diversity of the discipline’s research frontier provides students with a wide range of skills that is essential in understanding geographic and environmental challenges. This knowledge is essential in making informed and critical judgements demanded from a global citizen in the twenty-first century. The revision of the program is in tandem with the need to understand the ever changing human-environment interactions and their emerging challenges. In addition, geography and environmental studies applies a range of changing methodological skills that are relevant in the discipline’s scientific and problem-solving approach. Geography and environmental studies improves the learners’ knowledge of the earth and challenges their creativity in understanding the complex realities of the world. As such, knowledge from geography and environmental studies is relevant in many career opportunities and sectors. This programme has been developed through consultations with relevant stakeholders from government institutions (NEMA, KWS, KenGen) and Non-Governmental Organizations (Born Free Foundation, Birdlife International).

GOAL OF THE PROGRAMME

The main goal of the programme is to impart knowledge and skills for understanding human-environment interactions and to produce a cadre of professional with quality training in geography and environmental studies for sustainable development.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMME

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

a) Demonstrate the ability to think critically by considering the inter-relationships between the bio-physical and human environments.

b) Apply geographical knowledge in addressing societal environmental challenges.

c) Demonstrate an understanding of the emerging global environmental challenges.

d) Apply scientific skills for research, mapping and communicating geographic and environmental information.

MODE OF DELIVERY

FACE-TO-FACE

Coursework for the programme shall be delivered through face-to-face sessions for full-time and part-time students as per University regulations.

OPEN, DISTANCE AND ELECTRONIC LEARNING (ODEL)

  1. The ODeL mode of delivery shall be through multi-media approach, including a variety of self-instructional print and electronic study materials as the ODeL Campus may from time to time determine.
  2. In addition, there will be limited face-to-face instruction during residential sessions for ODeL students. The face-to-face instruction shall not exceed one-third of the instruction time.
MASTER OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY &ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES(C538)    
     
TUITION 27,000  
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 1,000  
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500  
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000  
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000  
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)  5,000  
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000  
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250  
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000  
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000  
THESIS EXAMINATION 30,000  
    Semester totals
Sem1 2 units 85,750
  3 units 113,750
  4 units 141,750
    Semester totals
Sem2 ,3,5 or 6 1 unit 30,250
  2 units 58,250
  3 units 86,250
  4 units 114,250
    Semester totals
Sem4, 7, or 10 1 unit 52,750
  2 units 80,750
  3 units 108,750
  4 units 136,750
Project =4units    
Project in sems 4 or 7   166,750
Other sems   144,250
     
SUMMARY OF TOTAL FEES    
Sem1 4 units 141,750
Sem2 4 units 114,250
Sem3 4 units 114,250
Sem4 PROJECT 166,750
Totals   537,000
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