Dkt. Frank Mateng’e
Head of Department
Welcome to the Department of History, Political Science and Development Studies
Welcome to the Department of History, Political Science and Development Studies (HPD). The department is one of the largest academic units in the College with a total of 34 academic members of staff with diverse specializations. Currently, the Department has 11 PhD holders on post, 10 others are at different stages in their PhD studies and the rest are Assistant Lecturers and Tutorial Assistants. As the name implies, HPD is a multidisciplinary department hosting three academic units namely, History, Political Science and Public Administration and Development Studies as well as the Centre for Social and Political Research (CSPR). We offer 26 undergraduate courses in the disciplines of Political Science, Public Administration, History, Archaeology and Development Studies. We also offer three graduate programmes, namely, Master of Arts in Public Administration (an evening programme) and Master of Arts with Education (History Stream) and Master of Arts in Development Evaluation.
1. History Unit
This unit offers a range of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The Unit has 10 members of academic staff, 3 of whom are PhD holders and 6 are on PhD studies. One member is a Master’s degree holder. Areas of teaching and research include History of Tanzania, History of East Africa, History of West Africa, Gender and Culture, History of South Africa, History of North Africa, War and Gender, Medical History, Traditional Healing and Globalization, Archaeology, to name but a few.
2. Political Science and Public Administration Unit
This Unit offers a range of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. PSPA Unit has a diverse workforce made up of 14 members of academic staff, 5 of whom are PhD holders and 4 are on PhD studies. The rest are either Master’s degree holders or are about to finish their master’s degree. Broad areas of teaching and research include Political Science, Public administration, Party Politics, Human Resource Management, Human resource Development, Public Policy, Governance, Human Rights, democracy and elections, African Political Thought, Crowd sourcing, to name but a few.
3. Development Studies Unit
This Unit offers courses to undergraduate students across the College. Currently the Unit has 9 members of academic staff, 5 of whom are PhD holders and 2 are on PhD studies. The remaining 2 members are Master’s degree holders. Areas of teaching and research include Development Perspectives, Pan-Africanism, Ethics and Corruption, Public Health, Development Financing, Development Monitoring and Evaluation, Rural Transformation and Globalization, Urbanization and Urban Planning, Governance, to name but a few.