Master of Arts in History

Master of Arts in History

The programme is offered by the Department of History, under the Faculty of Post Graduate Studies, at the Kwaluseni Campus.

The M.A. in History shall consist of course work (Part I) and supervised research (Part 2) on an approved topic. Course work/written papers and thesis shall be examined separately, and there shall be no overall classification or grade (except pass/fail) given to the M.A. Degree.

Students shall be expected to devote equal attention to the thesis and to course work/written papers. Course work is designed to prepare the students for research and writing scholarly history by exposure to advanced historiography and appropriate methodology. The normal duration course work for full time students shall be two semesters and for part time students it shall be four semesters.

Compulsory courses shall be:

Themes and History of Swaziland               Historiography of Southern Africa

Computer Foundation Course                      Master's Thesis

Optional courses include

Comparative History of Revolutions           Economic History of Africa

Comparative History of Slavery                  Politics in Africa since 1945

Comparative History of the Peasantry       Gender Society in Africa

Comparative Labour History                       Theory and History of Capitalism                                                                       and Imperialism

In addition to compulsory courses, full or half optional courses, related to history, offered by other departments, may be approved by the Department of History for purposes of fulfilling the requirements of the programme. A student may also be allowed to audit a course at either graduate or undergraduate level if this will be deemed appropriate to his research interests.