Masters Programme Mozambique

In setting up a Masters programme in Mozambique, the SLE took large parts of its curriculum and adapted them to a completely new context and new target groups. This was the first time that the SLE carried out such a transfer of its teaching programme.

The Masters programme in 'Rural Sociology and Development Management' has been running since early 2008 as a work-based study programme with compulsory attendance. The 9th cohort of students has now entered the programme. The programme was developed and set up in cooperation with the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo.

The SLE contributed various different forms of advice and assistance, from participation in the overall design of the new programme to training the teaching staff and introducing applied research projects. The programme has been running since early 2008 as a work-based course of study with compulsory attendance. Courses are given in Portuguese.

The 9th cohort of students has entered the programme, and around 140 students have already completed their studies, 55% of them women. The students come from different governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in the planning, execution and assessment of schemes and projects in the rural sector, for example the national disaster institute and the ministry of social affairs.

  • The second phase of the collaboration between the UEM and the SLE runs from 2013 to 2016, and is co-financed by the DAAD. The focus in this phase is on ensuring the quality of the Masters programme and its continuing development. Key goals are:
  • Setting up specialisations (in project planning, monitoring and evaluation, food security, and environmental and natural resource management), in order to meet the national demand for specialists and leaders in these fields.
  • Creation and maintenance of an alumni network, and the development of a monitoring system and an improved teaching evaluation process.
  • Expanding the capacity for practice-oriented research studies by training supervisors.
  • Development of university partnerships, for example with institutions in Brazil.

The study programme includes 'classic' sociology topics such as rural institutions or empirical research in the social sciences, as well as modules on current issues in development management.

Course content:

The study programme includes 'classic' sociology topics such as rural institutions or empirical research in the social sciences, as well as modules on current issues in development management.

  • Module 1: Communication, Cooperation, Mediation and Conflict Management
  • Module 2: Socioeconomic Structures in the Rural Sector
  • Module 3: Rural Institutions, Local Politics and Development Initiatives
  • Module 4: Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Module 5: Foundations of Sociology
  • Module 6: Sociology of Development
  • Module 7: Environment, Resource Management and Disaster Prevention
  • Module 8: Planning and Managing Projects
  • Module 9: Decentralisation
  • Module 10: Development of Organisations
  • Module 11: Community Development
  • Module 12: Food Security
  • Module 13: Action and Decision-oriented Investigation
  • Modules 14-16: Fieldwork and Planning the Masters Project

Project coordination: Dr. Karin Fiege
Scientific Staff: Anja Schelchen