2020/2021 PROSPECTUS

  • SEMESTER PROGRAM: JANUARY 22 – MAY 7, 2021
  • FIRST IMMERSION PROGRAM:  MAY 11 – JUNE 16, 2021
  • SECOND IMMERSION PROGRAM:  JUNE 22 – JULY 14, 2021
  • THIRD IMMERSION PROGRAM:  JULY 20 – AUGUST 11, 2021
  • SEMESTER PROGRAM: SEPTEMBER 10 – DECEMBER 10, 2021
  • 3 DAY – ONE CREDIT COURSE: THE FIRST MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH OR OTHER DAYS OF THE MONTH AT THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PARTICIPANTS (MINIMUM OF THREE STUDENTS)

FOR WHOM?

PROGRAMS SPONSOREDBY THEAFRICA AREA OF THE MARYKNOLL SOCIETYANDACADEMICALLY AFFILIATEDWITHSAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, USAANDTANGAZA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, NAIROBI, KENYA

PRIMARY GOAL:

The primary goal of Tangaza Maryknoll Centre for African Studies (TAMCAS) is to teach, systematically, African cultural knowledge through its major themes and domains in such a manner that students appropriate an African viewpoint on contemporary cultural realities, and are able to articulate that viewpoint in an adult professional way.

STUDENT BODY:

The SEMESTER AND IMMERSION programs are designed for the following types of students: 1) All Africans and foreign residents engaged in pastoral, educational, medical and developmental work, 2) All Students: Africans, missionaries and foreign residents, and 3) All overseas students, teachers, and NGO personnel (IMMERSION programs only).

For some, the program entails primary introduction to African life and reality, for others, updating through in-depth study of African cultural domains and themes and, for African students, systematic articulation of African cultural knowledge.

EDUCATIONAL PLAN:

The Centre’s program combines POST-GRADUATE academic study of African cultural knowledge through lectures and required readings with: 1) directed professional quality field research, 2) field research workshops, 3) pastoral reflection meetings, and 4) a 4,500 to 5,500 words research/integration paper. The field research is facilitated by African university graduates, “field assistants,” who introduce participants to dimensions and aspects of African society correlated with issues being taught in the classrooms. The meetings and trips with field assistants are supervised by lecturers so that students in the SEMESTER programs experience new realities of Kenyan society once a week for twelve weeks, and those in the IMMERSION programs three times a week for three weeks. During the field trips, students research with local people the issues that are being presented in the courses. A full time student is able to take three courses per semester.  It is expected that a student spends eighteen hours per week per course in reading, writing, field research and attending class.  The IMMERSION programs are intense programs requiring ten hours of study per day for twenty-two days while bypassing tourist and vacation circuits. If one is unable or unwilling to give the IMMERSION programs  100% of one’s time and energy in serious in-depth study of African reality, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY. There is no room for students who wish only exposure to Africa, or who wish merely to audit the lectures.

WHAT THE INSTITUTE PROVIDES:

For the price of tuition TAMCAS provides: 1) classroom facilities at Tangaza University College, 2) access to the TAMCAS and Tangaza libraries, and other local libraries, 3) highly qualified Africanist lecturers, 4) four credit postgraduate courses . 5) forty hours of directed field research assisted by a trained, tutorial field assistant.  TAMCAS does not provide board, room, books, or transport in and about Nairobi. These items are the responsibility of the participants. However, if necessary, the Institute’s Director helps participants find satisfactory accommodations and travel arrangements.

ACADEMIC AWARDS:

 Certificate

Diploma

Master of Arts in African Studies

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE:

IMMERSION PROGRAMS

The Centre’s Immersion programs are structured into three, three-week sessions. During each session five or six courses are offered to meet the needs and interests of various participants. A person takes only one course per session. For students who are already enrolled in advanced degree programs in other institutions, the credits granted (four credits per course) can be applied towards their programs according to the regulations of their parent institutions. Undergraduate participants are classified as special students and awarded graduate credits. There is no provision for auditing courses. One must agree to fulfill all requirements including field research and a course paper as a condition for acceptance.

SEMESTER PROGRAMS 

The Institute’s Semester courses meet once a week for thirteen weeks.  The maximum number of courses a student can take per semester is three.  The Semester programmes offer twenty courses. Students have the option of taking either one, two or three courses during a semester program. The course, “TCAS 610       African Cultures” is  recommended for those new to Africa.

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

GRADUATES

Candidates eligible for admission to the Master of Arts degree programme in African Studies shall meet the following requirements:

  1. i) Be a holder of a Bachelor’s degree with Upper Second Class honors or its equivalent from a recognized university; or
  2. ii) Bachelor’s degree with Lower Second Class honors and with 2 years of experience; or
    • iii) Bachelor’s degree and Postgraduate Diploma with a minimum achievement of Credit; and show evidence of competence to do rigorous research work.

SPECIAL STUDENTS: Undergraduates (African residents only)