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Governance and Development Studies (GaDS)

 Department Profile 

 Submitted to Public and International Relations Directorate

Wolkite University

1. Introduction

Wolkite University is established in 2004 E.C as one of the public universities of the country. From the ten colleges, which are organized in the academic wing of the university, College of Social Science and Humanities is the one. Under College of Social Science and Humanities there are six departments including our department i.e. Governance and Development Studies ( here after GaDS) Department. The department of Governance and Development has been opened in 2007 E.C enrolling around one hundred students with two sections. Now a days the department has a total of two hundred thirty students.

2. Rationale of studying GaDS (at country level)

Now-a-days the issues of good governance and development have become a major concern of local, national, and international development actors. It is believed that good governance and development are very crucial weapons to defend socio-economic and political problems of the world, particularly of the developing world. The interdependence and complementarities between governance and development tended to attract the attention of local communities, government, non-governmental organization and other bodies relatively in better way than other socio-cultural, economic and political issues of the contemporary world.

There is consensus among scholars and various development agents that the socio-economic and political status of any institution or organization is strongly determined by the nature of its governance and level of its development. Based on this assertion, many scholars associate the underdevelopment of developing countries, including Ethiopia, with the lack of good governance and adequate development initiatives. Promoting good governance and generating effective development initiatives, therefore, are recommended as effective remedial measures for the problem under consideration.

Currently, many developing countries, including Ethiopia, are responding positively to the recommendations forwarded by scholars and other concerned bodies regarding the problems related to governance and development. They have exerted massive effort to promote good governance and development initiative at local, regional and national levels. Accordingly, the incumbent government of Ethiopia has been launching a considerable effort to alleviate these problems by adopting different policies and strategies.

Unfortunately, however, such efforts found to be very expensive, less effective, complicated and hence less successful. The main factor behind this setback, among others, is lack of adequately trained knowledgeable, skilled human capital in the areas of governance and development. To make things worse, there are little or no organized educational institutions which would offer such very crucial ingredients in organized and effective manner in higher educations. Hence, the program under consideration is designed on the ground that it would contribute its part to meet the required needs of both governmental and nongovernmental development agents which are engaging to ensure good governance and sustainable development in Ethiopia.

The conceptual framework of the program  is founded and established on contemporary research, policies and practices, and is shaped by the Department’s commitment to prepare graduates to be effective leaders, administrators, researchers, policy analysts and development practitioners in general in their areas of expertise. The framework is set within those political, historical and socio-cultural contexts related to professional education and to the special problem of the country.

3. Rationale of the Opening of GaDS program in Wolkite University
I.                   National level

Ethiopia, as one of the developing states, is expected to work hard on the transformation of its economy. The transformation of the economy is hardly successful without the proper implementation of development policies that geared the country towards sustainable development. Nowadays the country formulated ambitious development projects with the aim of reducing poverty and transforming the country into a state of ‘middle-class society’.

However, the effective implementation of these development projects needs creating effective leadership and administration, mobilizing and organizing resources, monitoring and evaluating work activities, creating effective and accountable public sector etc. In short to achieve these stuffs effective, accountable and legitimate governance, that is good governance, is essential. On the other hand the government repeatedly claims that the absence of good governance becomes a key challenge for the ongoing development scheme of the country.

So, the opening of this program here at WU has such importance at national level:

  • Providing skilful and qualified manpower that promote good governance and generate effective development initiatives in the public sector and other organizations.
  • Initiating scholars to carryout researches on the improvement of accountability, legitimacy and effectiveness of governance under various sectors of the country.
  • Supporting the national plan that promotes expansion of higher education in the country and production of skilled manpower in line with the priorities of the country i.e. technological advancement, democracy and good governance.
  1. II.                Local community level (University domain area)

Besides producing competent graduates and engaging on researches another mission of a given university is providing various supportive services to the nearby community. Therefore in line with this grand goal of WU, the opening of the department:

  • Assists zone bureau and woreda offices by rendering trainings related to governance and development issues for their personnel. Bureaus and offices of the university domain area may be exposed for some problems of good governance (like other parts of the country). Such problems could be appeared because of attitude problem or some posts of the office are hold by inappropriate persons to the position. Therefore, to alleviate these problems it is essential to capacitate civil servants through short term but continuous trainings.
  • Create opportunity for NGO’s working in the locality (on issues related to governance and local development) to get advice and work co-operatively with the university for better advancement of the community
  • Facilitate researches that are carried out by staff members to alleviate good governance problems in the local institutions  and improve the role of the local public sector in their attempt to bring social and economic development in the community
  • Provide opportunities for local community to study and upgrade their education (The opening of the department expands the choices of members of the local community who want to study under the college of social sciences and humanities)
    III.             University level

The availability of GaDS department in the university has also its own values for the development of the university. Some of these are:

  • Promotes the university in its domain area and strengthen its mandate of supporting the local community. When staffs of the department engaged on various researches, community and training activities relating with governance and development the local peoples that settled on adjacent areas of the university acknowledged the efforts of the university to bring desired change on the people life and to ensure sustainable development in the society. The activities of the department in the community can also strengthen the mandate and the responsibility of the university to support the community that fall on its domain areas. The university works in the community not for mere acknowledgement from the society but one of the university’s responsibilities is engaging on such activities.
  • It is providing opportunities for new coming students who are enrolled in the social science college.
  • Encourages co-operative works in the college of social science and humanities through integrating the department’s activity with other departments. The curriculum of governance and development program shows that there are tracks from other disciplines that shape its many courses. Besides the governance and development tracks there are also the law track, the management track, the common course track and the political science track. So this situation creates a golden opportunity for these disciplines to involve together in the university teaching learning process, research and community service.

So when the department was opened in 2007 E.C here at WU it is believed that the department exerts its maximum effort to execute the above responsibilities that are expected from it. Now the GaDS department, even if still it is an infant department of the College, is trying its best to keep its promise by addressing those responsibilities that lies under its jurisdiction.  

4. Program Objective                             

1.1  General Objective

The program is aimed at producing graduates equipped with the necessary and required knowledge, skill and technique so as to meet the need of government and other development agents in realizing good governance and sustainable development in Ethiopia.

1.2   Specific Objectives 

The specific objectives of the program include:

¨      To equip graduates with the knowledge of governance and development theories, perspectives, paradigms, ideas and concepts. It also provides graduates with the knowledge of contemporary political, legal, economic and social issues and challenges that impede or promote development and governance endeavors in countries like Ethiopia;

¨      To develop and promote governance and development thinking and practice based on indigenous knowledge and culture of the society;

¨      To provide profound knowledge on international economic and political relationships and interactions and how this affects the development and good governance endeavor of developing countries like Ethiopia;

¨      To portray techniques in conducting research and making development and political analysis;

¨      To provide understanding about the socio-political dynamics of development and good governance based on research and scholarly analysis;

¨      To provide understanding about the reality of Ethiopian society and scrutinize its problem in order to provide long lasting solutions in the area of governance and development; 

¨      To equip graduates with intellectual, professional and participatory skill   such as: leadership and administrative skills, problem- solving skill, research and policy analysis skill, project planning and management skill, advisory and consultancy skill and etc;

¨      To provide analytical capacities, knowledge and skills necessary to propose, plan, implement, manage and evaluate development projects;

¨      To enhance skills and knowledge in areas such as rural development, gender, environment, public policy, public sector and institutional reform, conflict management, decentralization etc  ,and  an appreciation of the role of research in proposing, managing and evaluating projects;

¨      To provide specific human resource management skills including group work, negotiation, conflict management and political skills; and

¨      To cultivate and develop positive attitudes and desired character treats in graduates such as accountability, responsibility, integrity, loyalty, civic mindedness, open mindedness, tolerance, patriotism and etc…In return, the graduate will make all possible efforts to inculcate these desirable attributes in the community during their deployment that will be quite helpful in building social capital to realize good governance and sustainable development.

5. Graduate Profile

Up on completion of the program, graduates will:

v  Effectively undertake diplomatic, organizational, intra governmental and personal communications.

v  Effectively manage both human and materials resources both at profit and non profit making organizations

v  Evaluate their working practice with rigor based on the political and development theories and processes that they learned

v  Applying appropriate professional skills including effective leadership and administration, project planning and managing, mobilizing  and organizing resources, monitoring and evaluating work activities in their respective organizations.

 v  Evaluate governance and development issues in their social, cultural, economic political, historical, legal and technological contexts

 v  Develop appropriate coping mechanisms and interventions pertinent to  global, regional and local contexts .

 v  Coordinate and administer effectively both governmental and non-governmental organizations

 v  Implement , monitor and evaluate development projects effectively within time and structural constraints

 v  Identify, critically assess, analyze and solve socio-economic and political problems in scientific ways

 v  Develop ideas logically and apply evidence based decisions and provide advice with regard to   governance and development issues.

 v  Analyze existing development policies and strategies and forward a concomitant suggestions

 v  Work co-operatively with diverse groups and individuals, both within their respective organizations and other stakeholders

 v  Contribute effectively to collective projects and to determine criteria for evaluating their own and others’ work performance

 v  Judge the dynamism of the environment and utilize their skills to suit changing situations 

6.  Admission and Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements

Entry to the Bachelor of Arts in Governance and Development Studies here at WU is available only to those applicants who successfully completed their preparatory education in the field of social sciences and meet the minimum requirement to entry to university set by Ministry of Education.  However, there is a different entry requirement for enrollment in the continuing education programs.     

            Graduation Requirement

In order to qualify for graduation, students are required to cover the minimum load of credit points (that is, 180 EtCTS) specified for the program. However, students can take a maximum load of credit points (that is, 190 EtCTS)  if the department set a specific course requirement that should be taken by students. And students who successfully complete all courses with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and with no “F” grade will be legible for graduation.

7. Degree Nomenclature

The degree to be awarded to graduates of the program should be designated as: “The Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Governance and Development Studies” in English, and BA Ç=Ó] uÑy`“”e “ MTƒ Ø“ƒ  in Amharic. 

  1. 2.      Program Modules in Categories

The overall students’ workload in EtCTS credit point is 180, with an average of 30 EtCTS/semester. The modules are categorized in to the following categories:

  • Generic Courses
  •  Core Courses

 Table 2.1 Program Modules in Categories

          CATEGORIES

MODULES

EtCTS Point

Category No.

Category name

Module No.

Module Name

Module code

EtCTS in Modules

Total Study hour/module

 

 

  EtCTS  in Categories

3

Generic  Courses

01

Language Skills

 

10

 

270

 

23

02

Basic Courses

 

13

351

 

1

Core Courses

09

Public law

GaDS-M 2091

13

378

 

 

 

 

 

 

 157

04

Management and Leadership

GaDS-M 1041

13

351

05

Politics and Government

GaDS-M1051

14

378

11

 Ethiopian Politics and Governance

GaDS-M3111

13

378

07

 International Relations

 

GaDS-M2071

 

20

540

12

Conflict management and Human rights

 

GaDS-M3121

 

10

270

06

  Basics of Development

GaDS-M2061

9

243

08

Public Administration and Development Management

GaDS-M2081

17

459

10

Contemporary Development Issues

GaDS-M3101

16

432

14

Regional and Rural Development

GaDS-M3141

8

216

 

 

13

Project and Seminar in Governance and Development Studies 

GaDS-M3131

14

378

03

Social Science Research 

GaDS-M1031

10

270

 3.      Structure of the Program
Course breakdown per semesters are presented below.

Year I Semester I

Module

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit point

Prerequisite

Mode of delivery

Sequence

01

Enla1011

Communicative English 

5

 

Semester

 

01

CvEt1011

Civic and Ethics

5

 

Block

1

01

Info 1011

Introduction to Information Communication Technology

4

 

Block

4

 04

 1013

Introduction to Management

5

 

Block

3

03

GaDS1031

Research Methods in Social Sciences

5

 

Semester wise

 

05

GaDS1051

 Introduction to Politics and Governance

4

 

block

2

Total

28

 

 

 

 Year I Semester II

Module

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit point

Prerequisite

 

Sequence

01

GaDS1012

 Basic writing skills

5

Semester

 

 

04

GaDS1042

 Organizational Management and Leadership

4

Block

 

5

03

GaDS1032

 Quantitative Research Methods 

5

Semester

 

 

05

GaDS1052

 Political Theories

5

Block

 

2

05

GaDS1054

 Comparative Government and Political Systems

5

Block

 

3

02

Phil 1022

 Introduction to Logic

4

Block

 

1

04

GaDS1044

 Introduction to Public Administration

4

Block

 

4

Total

32

 

 

 

 Year II Semester I

Module

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit point

Prerequisite

delivery

 

06

GaDS2061

 Development Theories and Practices

5

-

Block

1

07

GaDS2071

 Introduction to International Relations

5

-

Block

7

09

GaDS2091

 Constitutional Law and Constitutionalism

4

-

Block

6

08

GaDS2081

 Public Policy Making and Analysis

4

-

Block

3

08

GaDS2083

 Urban Governance and Municipal Management

4

-

Block

4

08

GaDS2085

 Human Resource Governance and Development

4

-

Block

5

06

GaDS2063

 Development Economics

4

-

Block

2

Total

30

 

 

 

 Year II Semester II

Module

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit point

Prerequisite

Sequence

07

GaDS2072

International Political Economy

5

block

2

07

GaDS2074

 Public International Law and Organizations

5

block

1

07

GaDS2076

 Governance and International Relations of  Africa

5

block

3

09

 

 Administrative law

5

block

4

09

GaDS2092

 Ethiopian land law and development

4

block

5

08

GaDS2082

 Development finance

5

block

6

Total

29

 

 

 Year III Semester I

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit point

Prerequisite

Delivery

Delivery

11

GaDS3111

 Political Systems and Governance in Ethiopia

5

-

Block

4

13

GaDS3131

 Seminar on Development Policies and Practices in Ethiopia

4

-

Semester

 

12

GaDS3121

 Conflict Management and Peace building

5

-

Block

5

10

GaDS3101

 Environment and Development

4

-

Block

1

10

GaDS3103

 Population and Development

4

-

Block

2

14

GaDS3141

 Rural Development

4

-

Block

3

13

GaDS3133

Project Planning and Management

5

 

Semester

 

Total

31

 

 

 

 Year III Semester II

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit point

Prerequisite

Delivery

Sequence

11

GaDS3112

 Ethiopian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

4

-

Block

2

11

GaDS3114

 Federalism and Local Government in Ethiopia

4

-

Block

1

12

GaDS3122

 Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance

5

-

Block

3

10

GaDS3102

 Gender and Development

4

-

Block

4

10

GaDS3104

Entrepreneurship and Development

4

 

Block

5

14

GaDS3142

Regional Growth and Local Development

4

 

Semester

 

13

GaDS3132

Senior Essay

 

5

-

Semester

 

Total

30

 

 

 

 Department Profile

          Number of teachers

The department has eight staff members with diversified specializations. Now, two of the staff members are in a study leave.

S. No

Name of Instructors

Specialization

Rank

Academic Status

Remark

1

Yisak Bekele

Federal Studies

Lecturer

Second Degree

 

2

Alex Birhanu

Governance and Development

Graduate Assistant II

First Degree

 

3

Gizachew Asrat

RLDS

Lecturer

Second Degree

 

4

Abel Yonas

Development Management

Lecturer

Second Degree

 

5

Aklilu Kidane

Governance and Development

Graduate Assistant I

First Degree

 

6

Jirenya Tadesse

Governance and Development

Graduate Assistant I

First Degree

 

7

Gefawosen Markos

Governance and Development

Graduate Assistant II

First Degree

Study leave

8

Abebe Amare

Governance and Development

Graduate Assistant II

First Degree

Study leave

  Number of students

Around two hundred and thirty regular students are enrolled in the department. The department is teaching two batches (first year and second year regular students) within four sections i.e. two sections of first year students and another two sections for second year students.

No student is registered for Extension or distance program. In association with Continuing and Distance Education Directorate of the University the department have promoted the Program to attract Extension and distance program learners. However its attempt was in vain because of absence of registered candidates for such program.

Achievements      

As it is mentioned earlier the department is at infant stage. However, it is trying to does its best in ensuring quality of education, engaging on research activities and reaching the community through community services.

Major research and community services presented in our department:

ü  Traditional Dispute Resolution Mechanism in Meskan Community: Assessment on the practice and challenges of Yeferaghezenye Sera (Started in 2007 and on the verge of its accomplishment)

ü  Interstate Irregular migration: Causes and Impact on Human Security in Guraghe Zone, SNNP, Ethiopia (Started in 2008)

ü  Awareness Raising on Science and Practice of Good Governance: Training Proposal (Community service that will be given in the coming two months)

ü   Assessing the Role of Public Participation in Promoting Relative Personal Security: In the Case of Wolkite Town

ü  The Pattern of Amity and Enmity in Securitization of Grand Renaissance Dam of Ethiopia (GRED)

ü  ICT in the Process of Facilitating Good Governance: What Ethiopia can Learn from India and other International Environment (Started in 2008)

Besides, the department has planned to organize various workshops regarding good governance and sustainable development. (For instance last year in co-ordination with law school the department organizes awareness raising workshop on election and electoral process of the country)           

 

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