DEVELOPMENT STUDIES is a multidisciplinary branch of social science which addresses issues of concern to developing countries. It has historically placed a particular focus on issues related to social and economic development, and its relevance therefore extends to communities and regions outside of the East African region. Why does Rwanda need graduates in Development Studies?
The department of Development Studies is important because of the following reasons:
- It trains needed specialists who understand social, cultural, political, health, environmental, economic and development challenges that governments, NGOs and international organizations/development partners experience in their efforts of developing the Third World
- It train employees on different careers in a variety of areas, including policy and planning, project management in private and public sectors,
- It trains workers in development and Aid work particularly in the NGO community,
- Little number of human resources participating actively in social and economic development of Rwanda.
What shall a student learn in Development Studies?
A student in Development Studies will be able to:
- Have a holistic view of development with knowledge of social, legal, environment, historical, cultural and economic development issues.
- Be a able to plan, manage and evaluate development programs
- Understand and analyze diverse global, national and local environmental issues related sustainable development such as globalization and regional integration issues, land reform, community development, democracy, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, environmental issues, rural and urban development issues, etc.
- Know, criticize and analyze development theories and conduct scientific research in development studies
The following are the duties of the Head of the Department of Development Studies, Gisenyi Campus:
Managing effectively activities related to the following Departmental Academic Aspects:
- Receiving the lecturers’ course notes and handing them to students after checking their contents;
- Verifying the content of courses notes on the programme of the department (the Dean of the School being the second controller and the first responsible of the process);
- Checking if each and every course has been taught effectively;
- Managing the students’ class attendances;
- Programming courses all over the academic year (the Dean of the School being the controller in first instance);
- Following up the application of the weekly timetable of courses and examinations;
- Proposing the weekly timetable of lecturers’ academic and administrative activities to the Dean of the School;
- Following up issues related to Students’ practical works;
- Managing Examination question papers;
- Setting up dates and hours for writing examinations;
- Managing examination written scripts (examination booklets);
- Managing the examination results and their recording into the computer;
- Managing Students’ marks complaints;
- Managing Supplementary exams;
- Managing students examinations exemptions;
- Issuing academic documents (in conformity with related routing slips);
- Receiving students dissertation topics (jointly with the School Council);
- Managing the proof-reading of dissertations (the Dean of the School being the responsible at the first instance);
- Preparing the allocating of dissertation topics to supervisors (on behalf of the Dean of the School);
- Preparing documents needed for dissertation presentation (to be submitted to the Dean of the School, who is the Responsible at first instance);
- Keeping records of already presented dissertations as well as their minutes;
- Students’ internships (confirming the choice of the students in matter of the internship location or organization; dispatch the internship supervisors to students);
- Preparing the list of the laureates of his department.
- Looking forward to the rational use of the human and material resources put at his disposal;
- Lecturing various courses as required by the teaching annual workload;
- Preparing and conducting meetings of the Department Council and forwarding related reports to the hierarchy;
- Carrying out any other task requested by the hierarchy.
- Phone: 0788309567
Head of the Department of Development Studies, Gisenyi Campus