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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy is said to be ‘the mother of all sciences’ as philosophical analysis and argumentation gives foundations for any other academic study and scientific knowledge. In most universities in the world and in the region, philosophical studies are considered of central importance, and strong programmes in philosophy have been developed to maintain this tradition of analytical reasoning. While across the world, philosophy is a very active field of study and research, the UDSM has been one of few main national universities in the region that do not have a full philosophy programme. In light of this background, this proposal seeks to fulfil this gap and put the UDSM back on the map of the universities which invest in intellectual development and encourages the birth of new ideas and critical analysis.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and Ethics ( BA in Philosophy and Ethics)

Duration

The duration of the programme for a BA in Philosophy is three years, each consisting of two semesters. Each semester comprises of 15 weeks of teaching, equivalent to 30 lectures and 15 seminars.

Structure of the Programme

The BA in Philosophy programme will be offered by course work, examinations, tests, research, and seminars.

Entry Requirements into the Programme

Requirement for entry into the BA Philosophy and Ethics program will be those set by the University and College ofHumanities.

1. Direct Entry (Form six qualifications)

Admission in the BA philosophy program will require candidates to fulfill all requirements stipulated by the University in general and the College of Humanities. More specifically, a candidate will require two or more principal level passes in arts subjects to be admitted into the program.

2. Equivalent Qualifications

An appropriate diploma recognized by the senate of the University of Dar es Salaam, of not less than second-class, or credit standing. In particular holders of the following diplomas with their NACTE Code, shall be considered to be eligible to study Philosophy and Ethics:

S/N

Title of Diploma

NACTE Code

1.

Ordinary Diploma in Management and Teaching with Arts subjects

ODTLF01

2.

Ordinary Diploma in Education with Arts Subjects

ODTLF02

3.

Ordinary Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education with Arts Subjects

ODTLF03

4.

Ordinary Diploma in Primary Teachers Education with Arts subjects

ODTLF04

5.

Ordinary Diploma in gender and Development

ODBTP01

6.

Ordinary Diploma in Arts

ODBTP02

7.

Ordinary Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy

ODBTP05

8.

Ordinary Diploma in Social Studies

ODBTP08

9.

Ordinary Diploma in Social Work

ODBTP10

10.

Ordinary Diploma in Industrial Relations

ODBTP11

11.

Ordinary Diploma in Culture Heritage management and Tour Guide

ODBTP18

12.

Ordinary Diploma in management of Tourism and Hospitality

ODBTP19

13.

Ordinary Diploma in Performing Arts

ODBTP21

14.

Ordinary Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication

ODBTP28

15.

Ordinary Diploma in Public Relations

ODBTP29

16.

Ordinary Diploma in Law

ODBTP30

17.

Ordinary Diploma in Human Resources Management

ODBTP33

3. Mature Age Entry Scheme

Under the mature age entry scheme candidates who are at least 25 years old may apply to sit for the mature age entry examination. Those who are successful in both the written and oral examination and who meet other requirements stipulated by the university, shall then be considered for admission.

Career opportunity

After three years of philosophy, students would have acquired a wide range of transferable skills that enable them to work in a wide range of fields, including international development, diplomacy, banking and finance, the arts, mass media, language services, law, education, policy, marketing, travel, advertising and social work.

Since the programme has a focus on ethics and social philosophy, students will have particular opportunities in civil society, public service institutions and international organizations.

Number of Staffs

At that time the Philosophy Unit had 2 Lecturers with a PhD, 4 Assistant Lecturers, 1 Tutorial Assistant, and 7 Part-Time Tutors.

The philosophy programme is now run by an independent Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, under theCollege of Humanities. The situation is paradoxical for philosophy at the UDSM, as it now has its own department but currently there is no degree programme to be taught in this new department. This submitted BA programme is therefore necessary for the Department to gain its full status and to fulfil its academic task at the UDSM

Contacts

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
College of Humanities
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O.BOX 110135, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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