PhD Program Teaching Methodology

Without prejudice to special modalities established under each module framework (above), the teaching methodology in the PhD Program focuses on active student participation, and interactive and independent learning process. It mainly involves the following methods: ‘Lectures’ – where particular topics are presented in a classroom setting; ‘seminars’- where discussions or special sessions of interest are conducted; ‘tutorials’ – where small supervised group meetings are pursued with a possibility of feedbacks;  ‘projects’ – where students are afforded the opportunity to work individually or in groups on particular topics under supervision; ‘workshops’ – involving students in the practical application of skills and techniques with some elements of teaching; and ‘guided independent studies’ – where students pursue and prepare for scheduled sessions, own readings and practices.

All modules shall be offered through ‘intensive block-teaching’ whose duration ranges from two to three weeks. All activities relating to the module – including lectures, discussions, tutorials, projects and student assessments shall be completed within such timeframe.

To ensure intensity and focus, students will generally be required to take only one module at a time.

Assessment and Grading Schemes

Without prejudice to particular module assessment modalities specified under each module framework (above) and in relation to thesis evaluations (below), the Module Assessment and Grading Scheme in the PhD Program shall follow the University’s guideline and be informed by the need for ensuring that students would be able to demonstrate what they know, understand or can do– with clearer link between the modes of teaching and assessment. It should also be based upon a range of evidence appropriate to the learning activity dictated in each human rights module, and must lead to the identification of the stated goals and targets, and enable students to gain credits for their attainments.

In such context, all modules shall employ the continuous assessment method in evaluating the performance of students. Students may be appraised through a combination of assignments, reading notes, reflection papers, group and individual projects and written examinations. Students’ mastery of each module is achieved on completion of the module and achieving a pass-grade.

As a precondition for earning the PhD degree, each student must complete the programs’ educational components (i.e., the mandatory and optional modules) and conclude and successfully defend his/her doctoral dissertation (the trial lecture and public defense). The general examination requirements of Addis Ababa University shall apply in relation to the educational component of the PhD program.

Graduation Requirement

As a precondition for earning the PhD degree, each student must complete the programs’ educational components (i.e., the mandatory and optional modules) and conclude and successfully defend his/her doctoral dissertation (the trial lecture and public defense). The general examination requirements of Addis Ababa University shall apply in relation to the educational component of the PhD program.