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Introduction

The course work component shall cover two semesters that require the student’s full-time attendance.

The dissertation component shall cover nine months.

A candidate registered to pursue an M.A. Kiswahili by Course work and Dissertation may also wish to opt for graduate courses from the Departments of Foreign Languages and Linguistics and/or the English Literature.

Entry Requirements/Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to this programme, a candidate must be a holder of the degree of the University of Dar es Salaam or any other accredited University or has satisfied the requirements for the award of such degree. 

To be admitted, candidates should have a first degree in social sciences or humanities. The minimum pass level should be lower second class with GPA of not less than 2.8. They must have studied Kiswahili, Linguistics, Literature or Communication Studies in their first degree.

Every applicant shall, when applying for admission, indicate the specialization of M.A. (Kiswahili) he/she intends to pursue.

Duration of the Programme

The M.A. Kiswahili by course work and dissertation shall be completed in one and a half years.

Overall Programme Assessment

The overall assessment for the M.A. Kiswahili by course work and dissertation will be based on the course work, the final exam and completion of the dissertation. The degree shall not be awarded until the dissertation has been successfully completed.

Examination Regulations

In addition to the general University examination regulations, the following regulations shall apply to M.A. Kiswahili by course work and dissertation students:

All students registered for M.A. Kiswahili by course work and dissertation are required to do and pass the core and elective courses of a minimum of 36 units before proceeding to their research work for the dissertation.

The minimum pass grade for each course including the dissertation will be a B grade.

A candidate who fails to attain a GPA of 2.7 shall be discontinued from the programme.

Candidates failing in not more than four units may be allowed to supplement the failed courses.

Course Structure

All students registered in the M.A. Kiswahili by course work and dissertations who want to specialize in Kiswahili Linguistics have to study the following courses:

Core Courses

Code

Course Name

Units

KI 601

Kiswahili Phonology

3

KI 602

Kiswahili Morphology

3

KI 603

Kiswahili Syntax

3

KI 604

Kiswahili  Semantics

3

KI 629

Postgraduate Seminar

3

KI 630

Research Methods

3

KI 699

Dissertation

18

They also have to take any two of the following compulsory courses from Kiswahili Literature:

Code

Course Name

Units

KF 615

Kiswahili Novel

3

KF 616

Kiswahili Drama

3

KF 617

Kiswahili Poetry

3

KF 618

Approaches to Literary Criticism

3

In addition, students are required to take some of the following options from Kiswahili Linguistics:

Optional Courses

Code

Course Name

Units

KI 605

Kiswahili  Pragmatics

3

KI 606

Translation: Theory and Practice

3

KI 607

Complex Kiswahili Structures

3

KI 608

Current Issues in Kiswahili Sociolinguistics

3

KI 609

History and Dialects of Kiswahili

3

KI 610

Bantu Comparative and Historical Linguistics

3

KI 611

Second Language Theories

3

KI 612

The History of Kiswahili Linguistics

3

KI 613

Kiswahili Applied Linguistics

3

KI 614

Kiswahili Lexicography

3

 

All students registered in the M.A. Kiswahili programme who want to specialize in Kiswahili Literature have to study the following courses:

Core Courses

Code

Course Name

Units

KF 615

Kiswahili Novel

3

KF 616

Kiswahili Drama

3

KF 617

Kiswahili Poetry

3

KF 618

Approaches to Literary Criticism

3

KI 629

Postgraduate Seminar

3

KI 630

Research Methods

3

KI 699

Dissertation

18

 

They also have to take any two of the following compulsory courses from Kiswahili Linguistics:

 

Code

Course Name

Units

KI 601

Kiswahili Phonology

3

KI 602

Kiswahili Morphology

3

KI 603

Kiswahili Syntax

3

KI 604

Kiswahili  Semantics

3

 

In addition, students are required to take some of the following options from Kiswahili Literature:

 

Optional Courses

 

Code

Course Name

Units

KF 619

Selected Kiswahili Poet

3

KF 620

Selected Kiswahili Oral Artist

3

KF 621

Kiswahili Masterpieces

3

KF 622

Women in Kiswahili Literature

3

KF 623

Oral and Written Epics in Kiswahili

3

KF 624

Kiswahili Folktales

3

KF 625

Experimental Literature in Kiswahili

3

KF 626

Literature in Kiswahili translation

3

KF 627

History of Kiswahili Literary Studies

3

KF 628

Kiswahili Stylistics     

3

 

KIS 699:          Dissertation    

Dissertation writing is compulsory in the second year of the programme. Candidates must successfully complete the course work phase before they are allowed to proceed with the dissertation phase.