2.1      Student Obligation

The learners shall:

  • Face to face learners shall sign attendance register every time they attend classes; Learners should attend at least two- thirds(2/3) of  contact hours for a course unit 
  • Engage in individual study and class presentation as required;
  • Any learner who is unable to attend classes should fill the Permission to be away form.
  • Develop a proposal in the fourth semester and submit it for examination.
  • Design and execute  a research proposal leading to a thesis
  • Fill the Lecturer Evaluation form at the end of the course
  • ODeL learners shall interact with their tutors through the e-learning platform

 2.2 Lecturer and Online Tutor Obligation

The lecturer/Tutor should: 

  • Regularly attend lectures and other routine duties;
  • Sign attendance register every time after the lecture;
  • Deliver the course content;
  • Facilitate the presentation and discussion of the students research topics;
  • Set and mark assignments and examinations according to the examination regulations.
  • For ODeL, the lecturer shall ensure continuous interactivity with learners through the e-learning platform




  1. Face-to-face mode

This shall be the interactive mode of instruction consisting of lectures, discussions, presentations, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, case studies, fieldwork, practicums, individual and group consultations, independent studies, guest speakers, field visits and field research.

  1. Open, distance, and e-learning mode

This will be offered using a multi-media approach that includes self-instructional print and electronic study materials. This will include interactive study materials and both synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning. Online teaching and learning shall be offered through the Learning Management Systems (LMS) of the University of Nairobi.

  1. Blended learning mode

This will combine both face to face and online learning approaches


Schedule of intake




1.             CSO 501:              Contemporary Sociological Theory

2.             CSO 513:              Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

3.             CSO 516:              Advanced Social Statistics I



1.             CSO 515:              Current Research Methods for Rural Development

2.             CSO 543:              Rural Societies

3.             CSO 520:              Community Organization and Action

4.             CSO 528:              Comparative International Development

5.             CSO 547:              Educational Psychology and Extension

6.             CSO 548:              Rural Industrialization

7.             CSO 549:              Programme Planning and Administration in Community Development

8.             CSO 550:              The Community in East Africa



1.             CSO 512:              Attitude Measurement and Behaviour Change

2.             CSO 524:              Social Change in East Africa

3.             CSO 525:              Comparative Social Change

4.             CSO 531:              Social Planning in Developing Countries

5.             CSO 534:              Gender and Society

6.             CSO 541:              Social Psychology

7.             CSO 545:              Social Evaluation of Programmes

8.             CSO 546:              Community Leadership

9.             CSO 558:              Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development

10.          CSO 589:              Advanced Training Techniques

11.          CSO 590:              Emergency and Contingency Planning Techniques

12.          CSO 595:              Natural and Technical Hazards

13.          CSO 620:              Advanced Computer Graphics

14.          CSO 621:              Advanced Database Management for Social Science

15.          CSO 622:              Advanced Computer Programming I

16.          CSO 623:              Advanced Computer Programming II

17.          Any other course(s) from Cluster 1 (General M.A. in Sociology) (provided that the above list is exhausted, or with the consent of both the Development Programme and the Department.)


D.            CSO 698:             M.A. PROJECT PAPER

* The course courses and the project paper are compulsory. In addition, a student must take and pass at least 5 (five) specializations and at least 4  (four) electives.




3.1      Continuous Assessment Tests

Course units will be evaluated through continuous assessment tests which shall include; class assignments, term papers, timed tests, group work presentations. Continuous assessment will account 40% of the final grade. Attendance of students and lecturers will be done through filling and subsequent monthly analysis of attendance forms.


3.2      End of Semester Examination

The learner will be expected to sit for a three hour examination at the end of the semester for the course units where written examinations are a requirement. The examination will account for 60% of the final grade.

3.3      Other Assessment

The learner will be expected to carry out research and write a project report/thesis which shall be examined in accordance with University regulations.


Class                  Mark (%)

Distinction            70% –100%           

Credit                    56% – 69% 

Pass                       40% – 55% 

Fail                        Below 40%  


5.1. Written Examinations

  • The common regulations for written examinations of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  • The candidate shall have their course units examined at the end of the semester in which the courses have been taken.
  • Each course unit shall have a three hour examination at the end of the semester.
  • The end of semester examination shall constitute 60% of the total marks, while the continuous assessment tests (CAT) will constitute 40%.
  • The pass mark shall be 50%
  • A candidate who fails in up to one-third of the course units in an academic year shall be allowed to take supplementary examination(s) in the course unit(s) failed, when such examinations are next scheduled.
  • A pass obtained in the supplementary examination will be recorded as 50%.
  • A candidate who fails a supplementary examination shall be allowed to repeat the failed supplementary examination one more time .
  • A candidate who, for a good cause, fails to sit for an examination may be allowed to take a special examination, when such examinations are next scheduled. The results of a special examination shall be treated like the results of an ordinary first attempt examination.
  • A candidate who fails in more than one-third of the course units in an academic year or fails a supplementary examination at the second attempt or fails to complete the programme within the stipulated period shall, on the recommendation of the AWSC Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued.



Examination malpractices such as cheating shall face disciplinary action in accordance with the University of Nairobi rules and regulations.


  1. A research project will be done by every student in the 4th semester. The Centre will allocate two supervisors to each student. The students will provide a monthly update on the research project.
  2. Candidates shall be required to submit the research project for examination at least three weeks before the end of the fourth semester.
  3. The Research Project which is equivalent to four course units shall be examined by two internal examiners and an external examiner and subjected to an oral examination by the AWSC approved Board of Examiners.
  4. The Research Project shall be graded in two sections: The research project report shall be graded out of 60%, and oral defence of the project shall be out of 40% thereby making a total of one hundred per cent (100%).
  5. A candidate who fails in the examination of the research project will be allowed to re-submit once only. 
  6. If the candidate fails after the second re-submission he/she will be discontinued.
  7. Resubmission of the research project shall be allowed within the eight semesters.
  8. University of Nairobi regulations on examinations in relation to examination malpractices, disciplinary action and mode of appeal shall apply.
  9. Anti-plagiarism test will be carried out on the project reports and pap



1.1      Minimum Admission Requirements

The following shall be eligible for admission: 

  • The common regulations for the master’s degree of the University of Nairobi shall apply. 
    • Holders of a Bachelor’s degree of the University of Nairobi of Upper Second Class Honours or any other equivalent institution recognized by Senate.
    • Holders of a Bachelor’s degree of Lower Second Class Honours of the University of Nairobi or any other equivalent institution recognized by the Senate with at least two years of work experience in a related field.
    • Holders of a Bachelors degree at lower second class honours or pass degree and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Nairobi or other institutions recognized by Senate.
    • Holders of a pass degree from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University Senate with at least five years of work experience in a related field or with a Post-graduate Diploma.
    • Any other specific equivalent qualifications that may apply to the area of specialization.

1.2      Credit Transfer and Exemptions

There shall be no credit transfer

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  1. Medical Facilities (Hospitals and Clinics)
  2. Correctional Facilities (Police Stations & Prisons)
  3. Children Homes
  4. Safe Heaven Facilities (From domestic abuse)


  1. Dr. Agnes Zani          - former Nominated Senator
  2. Prof. Paul N. Mbatia  - Deputy Vice-Chancellor(AA) Research &  Innovation, Multi Media University
  3. Hon. Injendi Moses Malulu – MP Malava Constituency
  4. Mr. John Munyes Kiyonga   - CS Ministry of Petroleum & Mining
  5. Hon. Ahmed Kolosh       - Chairperson of Kenya Roads Board
  6. Prof. Enos H.N. Njeru  - former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (HRA)
  7. Dr. David Mwole Kimaiyo – former Inspector General of the Kenya Police
  8. Dr. Emmanuel Murwanashyaka - Mayor of Nyaruguru District in Southern Province of Rwanda
  9. Hon. Edna Lenku – First Lady Kajiado County
  10. Hon. Susan Mang’eni - MA in Entrepreneurship Development, Principal Secretary of the newly established State Department of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development under the Ministry of Cooperative and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME)
  1. Charles Owino – MA in Criminology former Police Spokeperson
  1. Ajwang Warria


TUITION      21,000.00  
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)         1,000.00  
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)         6,500.00  
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)         7,000.00  
CAUTION - (ONCE)         5,000.00  
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)          5,000.00  
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)         2,000.00  
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)         2,250.00  
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)         1,000.00  
THESIS EXAMINATION      30,000.00  
     Semester totals 
Sem1  2 units                   73,750.00
   3 units                   95,750.00
   4 units                 117,750.00
     Semester totals 
Sem2 ,3,5 or 6  1 unit                   24,250.00
   2 units                   46,250.00
   3 units                   68,250.00
   4 units                   90,250.00
     Semester totals 
Sem4, 7, or 10  1 unit                   46,750.00
   2 units                   68,750.00
   3 units                   90,750.00
   4 units                 112,750.00
Project =4units    
Project in sems 4 or 7                  142,750.00
Other sems                  120,250.00
Sem1  4 units                 117,750.00
Sem2  4 units                   90,250.00
Sem3  4 units                   90,250.00
Sem4  PROJECT                 142,750.00
Totals       441,000.00