Institute of Development Studies

Institute of Development Studies
The Saint John’s University of Tanzania (SJUT) Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was established in May 2008 as a response to the need for improved teaching and organized research on important faith, socio- economic, and political issues in development. The aim is to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to research, teaching, training and consultancy in the field of development studies.

Development Studies at SJUT is taught from a worldview perspective as well as a Christian orientation. We are concerned with the understanding and analysis of processes which are transforming people’s lives throughout the world, and with applying academic knowledge and skills to real life challenges. The IDS was established to give this vision a reality.

For more information, please contact us at
Tel: 255 26 239 0025;
      255 26 232 4565;

Development Studies  Undergraduate Courses

DS 030 (For Diploma students)

  • Introduction to development studies;
  • Theories of development
  • Power, Right, Governance and Participation issues in development
  • Gender and development
  • Poverty and development
  • Population and development

DS 110 ( All first year students)

  • Introduction to development studies
  • Theories of development
  • World views and Christian social teaching in development
  • Political economy
  • Issues in development - power, human rights, governance, participation, globalization and climate change

DS 200 (All second year SJUT students except nursing)

  • Communication, science and technology in development
  • Gender and development
  • Poverty and alternative strategies to development
  • Agricultural transformation, food security, and rural development
  • Population and environmental issues in development

DS 201 (Second year nursing only)

  • Introduction to health and health policy
  • Gender and development
  • Population and poverty in health
  • Agriculture and food security in development
  • Alternative approaches to health and development

DS 300 (Elective course for third year students)

  • Project planning and management
  • Business and entrepreneurship skills
  • Social science research skills
  • Conflict and conflict resolution
  • Natural resource management
  • Ethics and moral issues in development

The Master of Art in Community Development at St. John’s University of Tanzania consists of two academic years - one year for coursework, and the second year for research and development of dissertation. Coursework is comprised of 36 units in the two semesters of the first year of study, plus 18 units of research and dissertation in the second year. The M.A in Community Development is offered under full time basis. This program is open to individuals with recognized backgrounds in the field of development studies and other related disciplines.