|Degree Code:||Degree Name:||BA Kiswahili|
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The minimum requirements for admission to the B.A. Kiswahili Programme are as follows:
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In order to qualify for an award of a B.A. degree, a candidate must have registered for, attended lectures, sat examinations and passed in at least 44 units taken throughout the period of study for the degree. In exceptional cases a candidate may, with the prior approval of the department and faculty, register and pay to audit courses. The audited courses must be indicated as such during registration, and only one audited course shall be allowed per semester. Grades for successfully audited courses taken from outside the prescribed ones shall be included in the candidate’s result slips and shall be identified by means of the symbol (AS) in parenthesis, where (AS means Audited Successfully.
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(a) The minimum period required for a candidate to study and qualify for the award of a degree is seven (8) semesters. The maximum period is sixteen (16) semesters assuming two (2) semesters per academic year, or twenty four (24) semesters assuming three (3) semesters per academic year.
(b) A candidate for a B.A. in Kiswahili degree shall be required to register, study, sit examinations and pass in at least forty four (44) course units taken throughout the period of study. These units shall include the faculty-based Designated Common Courses (DCC) and prescribed Common Undergraduate Courses (CUC).
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A candidate from a university or any other equivalent institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate wishing to transfer to the B.A. programme at the University of Nairobi shall be allowed to transfer credits from his or her university if those credits are deemed to be relevant and meet the required minimum contact hours. A University of Nairobi student who obtains a credit or credits from a recognized university shall be allowed to transfer those credits to the University of Nairobi. The transferred credits shall not be more than a third (1/3) of the total prescribed credits and course units required for the award of the B.A. degree.
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(a) The common University of Nairobi Faculty of Arts Regulations shall apply.
(b) Candidates shall sit for examinations at the end of each semester. Candidates must attend lectures in the prescribed course units in accordance with University regulations before being permitted to sit for examinations.
(c) Unless otherwise specified, end of semester examinations shall consist of a two-hour paper for each course unit taken in the semester.
(d) Assessment of each candidate’s performance in the course unit taken shall be through the Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) and end of semester examinations based on percentage grades. CAT assessments shall constitute 30% of the total marks in a given unit and consist of an average of at least two (2) assignments while end of semester examinations shall constitute 70% of the unit examined.
(e) Each course unit shall be graded out of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40% for each unit. These marks shall be translated into letter grades as follows:
70% - 100% = A
60% - 69% = B
50% - 59% = C
40% - 49% = D
Below 40% = E
(f) A candidate who fails any end-of-semester examination at the first attempt shall be allowed two more attempts to sit and pass that paper when a supplementary examination is next offered. A supplementary examination shall carry a maximum of 40% of the total marks and coursework marks shall not be considered.
(g) A candidate with failed units shall not be allowed to proceed to the next level unless the candidate has successfully taken and passed the supplementary examination (s).
(h) A candidate shall be permitted a maximum of two supplementary examinations. A candidate who fails in two successive supplementary examinations shall either be discontinued or allowed the option of substituting the affected department wit another one.
(i) A candidate who has seven (7) or more failed units in an academic year shall be discontinued.
(a) Those seeking exemptions shall pay an exemption fee approved by the University of Nairobi Senate.
(b) A candidate seeking exemption shall be required to follow the faculty-approved procedure
Kiswahili is one of the disciplines offered by the Department of Linguistics and Languages. Over the years the department has contributed to national development by training manpower in the language. Kiswahili graduates trained in the department have continued to render valuable services in the media, publishing firms and government ministries.
Fostering nationalism, patriotism and promoting national unity is the first among the eight national goals of education. This syllabus has been prepared with a view to fulfilling this goal by strengthening the teaching of Kiswahili which is our national and official language.
The B.A. Kiswahili syllabus is meant to update and modernize the existing undergraduate syllabus in order to make it a better training tool. Curriculum review is also one of the activities that the university is committed to doing, from time to time, in order to continuously improve service delivery. This is in line with the ISO standards which guides university operations.
The Kiswahili syllabus at secondary school level has been thoroughly reviewed since the introduction of the 8-4-4 system of education in the 1980s. The syllabus in use now has more content that covers areas like listening, speaking and writing skills, oral and written literature, grammar and elements of Kiswahili linguistics. The B.A. Kiswahili syllabus takes into account what students have covered at secondary school level and enables them to advance their knowledge of the subject.
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|CLK 101||Listening Skills And Oral Communication In Kiswahili||45||View Description|
Listening Skills And Oral Communication In Kiswahili Description
Definition of listening: receiving, interpreting, evaluating and responding; listening and note-taking; types of listening: informative listening, empathetic listening, critical listening, creative listening; barriers to listening; guidelines to good listening; types of oral communication: interview, telephone conversation, meeting, formal presentation; skills of interpersonal communication; group communication: discussion groups, debates, using role play in various situations; oral comprehension; oral reports, briefings, narratives, recitations and announcements; broadcasts; practical exercises in preparing and delivering short oral presentations.
|CLK 102||Introduction To Translation And Interpretation||45||View Description|
Introduction To Translation And Interpretation Description
An overview of the history and theory of translation; linguistic and cultural problems of translation; the process of translating; types of texts and the various approaches to translating; translating and interpreting; theories of interpretation; the role of the interpreter; the interpreter’s tools and equipment; types of interpretation: simultaneous, consecutive, conference, whispered interpreting, legal and court interpreting; training in voice, gesture, appearance, clarity and accuracy.
|CLK 103||Introduction To Kiswahili Prose||45||View Description|
Introduction To Kiswahili Prose Description
Approaches to the study of literature: close reading, thematic analysis, stylistic analysis, comparative study; an overview of literary terminology in Kiswahili; classification of Kiswahili prose; definition of fiction; a study of selected novels, plays novellas and short stories; non-fiction: essays, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies; broad issues that cut across the genres: feminism, national liberation, governance, neo-colonialism, imperialism, ujamaa, various social ills.
|CLK 104||Introduction To Kiswahili Linguistics||45||View Description|
Introduction To Kiswahili Linguistics Description
Definition of language and linguistics; the scientific nature of linguistics; branches of linguistics: historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, descriptive linguistics, computational linguistics, anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, diachronic and synchronic linguistics; the scope of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics pragmatics; language classification and the controversy surrounding the classification of Kiswahili; dialectology; lexicography; aspects of the structure of Kiswahili including grammar and sentence types.
|CLK 201||Functional Writing In Kiswahili||45||View Description|
Functional Writing In Kiswahili Description
Classification of writing: persuasive, expressive, expository, narrative, descriptive writing, fiction and other forms of creative writing; the rhetorical situation: the writer, topic, audience, purpose, occasion; the writing process: preparation, planning, establishing the thesis, outlining, drafting, revising; diction; constructing effective sentences and paragraphs; coherence, clarity, relevance, simplicity, conciseness; learning writing skills from accomplished writers; practical exercises in technical writing: letters, memos, resumes, journal entries, proposals, adverts, reports, summaries; style in creative writing; various levels of deviation and sentence structures.
|CLK 202||Modern Kiswahili Poetry And Drama||45||View Description|
Modern Kiswahili Poetry And Drama Description
Definition of literary theory, its relevance and application in the study of poetry and drama; form and content-oriented theories; comparison of modern and classical Kiswahili poetry; the clash between traditionalists and innovators in Kiswahili poetry; free verse versus conventional poetry; application of modern critical theories in the analysis of Kiswahili poetry and drama; the main issues in Kiswahili drama: cultural clash, class conflict, discrimination, exploitation and oppression of women, corruption, bad governance, colonialism and neo-colonialism, human rights and protection of the girl-child environmental protection; analysis of structure and language use.
|CLK 203||Communicative Grammar Of Kiswahili||45||View Description|
Communicative Grammar Of Kiswahili Description
Definition of grammar, communicative grammar; grammar and language learning; grammar and the communicative role of language; an overview of grammatical terminology; aspects of Kiswahili syntax: functional categories, sentence types: simple, complex and compound sentences; the phrase and the clause; Kiswahili grammatical categories: number, tense, aspect, mood; diagrammatic representation of syntactic elements of Kiswahili; concordial agreement; the word, phrase, clause and sentence; critique of various systems of noun classification; problematic areas of Kiswahili grammar; review of the latest research in Kiswahili grammar; grammar and written communication.
|CLK 204||Kiswahili And The Media||45||View Description|
Kiswahili And The Media Description
Definition of media and mass media; print, electronic and out-of-home media; the use of Kiswahili in radio, television, film, newspapers and magazines; journalese; writing for the media: commercial versus non-commercial materials; educational and entertainment programmes; study of adverts; techniques of making effective advertisements; reports, commentaries, features, documentaries, reviews, news analysis; media ownership and control; the impact of media in the promotion and development of Kiswahili; aspects of media regulation; media and the environment; the structures of media organizations.
|CLK 301||Kiswahili Phonology And Morphology||45||View Description|
Kiswahili Phonology And Morphology Description
Definition of phonetics, phonology and morphology; IPA symbols; branches of phonology; phonological theories; phonological processes; Kiswahili sounds; identification and correction of pronunciation problems; the Kiswahili syllable; stress, accent, pitch; theoretical issues in the study of morphology; morphology and the principles of morphological analysis; derivational, affixational, inflectional and agglutinational morphology; the morpheme and the allomorph; identification of morphs in Kiswahili; morphological processes in Kiswahili; Kiswahili verbal structure; word types and functions.
|CLK 302||Literary Theories And Criticism Of Kiswahili Literature||45||View Description|
Literary Theories And Criticism Of Kiswahili Literature Description
The importance of theory in literary study; theoretical aspects of literary study: definition, scope and function of literature, literature and society; classical literary theories: Plato and Aristotle; literary approaches: structural and functional, the sociological approach; literary theories and movements: Structuralism, Formalism, New Historicism, Marxism, Bakhtian dialogics, Deconstruction, Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, New Criticism; definition of criticism; literary classification and generic criticism; techniques of analysis: interpretation and description of form and content, identification of literary devices including figures of speech; applying various theories to selected works of prose, poetry, drama and non-fictional works like essays, biographies, memoirs and autobiographies.
|CLK 303||Performing Arts In Kiswahili||45||View Description|
Performing Arts In Kiswahili Description
Definition of performing arts; introduction to drama and theatre; pantomime, puppetry, music and dance; theatre arts: production and performance of plays; analysis and dramatization of selected Kiswahili plays; the actor’s craft: gesture, movement, voice production; style and technique in drama; poetry recitation, ngonjera; Kiswahili music; the Kiswahili ngoma; delivery of oral narratives; practical work in composing and performing various arts in Kiswahili.
|CLK 304||Practical Translating And Interpreting||45||View Description|
Practical Translating And Interpreting Description
Cultivation of the necessary skills for effective translating and interpretation including mastery of language, interest in and knowledge of current affairs in politics, commerce, the environment, international relations, science and technology; identification of the students’ A and B languages; doing practical interpretation and translation exercises from language B to A and A to B; handling terminologies from various registers; using the computer to search for relevant information for translation and interpretation.
|CLK 305||Sociolinguistics||45||View Description|
Definition of sociolinguistics; basic terminology in sociolinguistics: national and international language, official language, monolingualism, bilingualism and multilingualism, lingua franca; issues of language choice, policy, planning and development; the role of Kiswahili in the politics, economies and social life of Eastern and Central African peoples; social class and language use; gender and group variations in language use; language variation and change; standard variety and dialects.
|CLK 306||Stylistics||45||View Description|
Definitions of style and stylistics; aims and techniques of stylistic analysis; literary and non-literary style; characteristics of literary language: the use of figurative language and figures of speech: metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, simile, oxymoron, hyperbole; levels of stylistic analysis: phonological, graphological, syntactic, morphological, semantic; stylostatistics; stylistic theories: structuralism and formalism; practical exercises in analyzing selected texts from various genres: poetry, prose, drama; analysis of non-literary texts; aspects of style in oral communication.
|CLK 307||Kiswahili Dialectology||45||View Description|
Kiswahili Dialectology Description
Definition of dialect versus standard language; theoretical perspectives in the study of dialects; aspects of areal linguistics; idiolects and sociolects; pidgins and creoles; isoglosses and diaglossia; classification and description of Kiswahili dialects; issues on the choice of Kiunguja as the standard dialect; a comparative study of Kiswahili dialects; merging of dialects and the question of language death; lexical, phonological and morphological differences between the standard dialect and other dialects.
|CLK 308||Children’s And Young Adult Literature In Kiswahili||45||View Description|
Children’s And Young Adult Literature In Kiswahili Description
Definition of children’s and young adults’ literature; generic classification of children’s and young adults’ literature; overview of the theory of children’s and young adult’s literature; stylistic characteristics of children’s and young adults’ literature; aspects of the psychology of children and young adults; issues of concern to children and the youth and how they are treated in various works; analysis of selected works for children and young adults.
|CLK 309||Editing||45||View Description|
Introduction to publishing and the role of the editor; editorial work in journalism and in the book industry; types of editing; target audience and issues of readability; editors’ tools: style sheets: The Chicago Manual, Merriam Webster, Microsoft Word editing tools; principles of editing: economy, tact, clarity and conciseness, flexibility, consistency, respect for the author’s style and content; the process of editing: cutting and shaping, correcting style, grammar and usage, clarifying, rewording, checking spelling, capitalization and punctuation; checking diction to ensure specificity, relevance and appropriateness; editing symbols; editing academic materials: research papers, dissertations and journal articles; editing literary materials.
|CLK 310||Kiswahili And Emerging Issues||45||View Description|
Kiswahili And Emerging Issues Description
The status of Kiswahili as the national language; the role of Kiswahili in national liberation; Kiswahili and the question of a national culture; the use of Kiswahili in science and technology; the use of the national language for building national cohesion; acceptability of Kiswahili in a multi-ethnic and multilingual setup; Kiswahili and globalization; Kiswahili and human rights; Kiswahili and the entertainment industry; the role of Kiswahili in national development; the use of Kiswahili in making laws and creating legal awareness; Kiswahili and the tourist industry; Kiswahili and HIV/AIDS.
|CLK 401||Public Speaking And Speechwriting In Kiswahili||45||View Description|
Public Speaking And Speechwriting In Kiswahili Description
Definition and scope of public speaking; an overview of the history of public speaking; the importance of public speaking; classification of public speeches: persuasive, informative, manipulative and entertainment speeches; preparations for writing effective speeches: choosing a topic, formulating a statement, developing the statement, determining the general and specific purpose of the speech, formulating the central idea, putting the speech together, introduction, body and conclusion; familiarity with the venue and audience; speaker-audience interaction; speech presentation and delivery: gesture, voice, appearance, facial expression, eye contact, practicing to present; the use of audiovisual aids; studying speeches.
|CLK 402||Research Methods And Academic Writing||45||View Description|
Research Methods And Academic Writing Description
An overview of general scientific methods of research; research methods: determining a research area; primary research: data collection, questionnaires, observation, sampling, surveying, case studies; library research; validity tests; analyzing and testing data; objectivity in research; ethical issues in research; using internet sources; components of a research proposal: introduction, research problem, theoretical/conceptual framework, aims and objectives, hypotheses, rationale/justification, literature review, scope and limitations, conclusions, bibliography; writing an academic paper: making references, citations, plagiarism, organizing the content, argumentation, writing the draft using the appropriate format; revising and writing the final draft.
|CLK 403||Traditional And Modern Linguistic Theories||45||View Description|
Traditional And Modern Linguistic Theories Description
An overview of the development of linguistic theory; the importance of theory in linguistic analysis; traditional and structural grammar; grammatical categories: case, person, tense; parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, pronoun, adverb, conjunction, interjection, preposition, determiner; mood and modality; types of sentences: simple, complex, compound; the contributions of Bloomfield, Harries and Saussure; Generative Grammar: phrase structure, deep structure and surface structure; transformations and movement rules; the contribution of Noam Chomsky; the Standard Theory; Extended Standard Theory; Government and Binding; X-Bar Theory; Case Theory, Bounding Theory, Government and Control Theory.
|CLK 404||Kiswahili Oral Literature And Culture||45||View Description|
Kiswahili Oral Literature And Culture Description
Introduction to theories of oral literature; distinctive forms of oral literature; techniques of analysis of structure, content, social context; composition and performance of oral literature; audience-performer relationship; oral literature and Swahili culture; Maulidi, the Lamu Cultural Festival; field trip to selected traditional Swahili communities for data collection on oral literature and culture; students to interact with members of the communities and collect data under the supervision of their lecturer; relevant data on oral literature: folk tales, myths, legends, songs, oral poems, proverbs, riddles; relevant data on culture: food, clothing, art, family life, traditions, ceremonies, rites of passage, taboos, economic activities; gender relations; attitudes to modern education, globalization non-coastal people living at the coast; students to analyse their data and write a project paper which will be awarded a specific percentage mark.
|CLK 405||Practicum||45||View Description|
Students to spend at least ten weeks on attachment in a working environment to apply their skills in any of the following areas: interpretation, translation, script-writing for radio and TV; editing and proofreading, speechwriting, any of the performing arts, technical or any other aspect of writing; students to choose institutions of attachment and to work under supervisors assigned by the institution and the department; students to be graded, with a percentage point, on the basis of their work during the practicum and a written report on their activities.
|CLK 406||Semantics And Discourse Analysis||45||View Description|
Semantics And Discourse Analysis Description
Definition of semantics; concepts and issues in the study of meaning; reference, referent, signification triangle, presuppositions; the study of meaning; meaning and context; pragmatics; theoretical issues in the study of semantics; the meaning of discourse and discourse analysis; aspects of text linguistics; basic terminology in discourse analysis; discourse categorization: spoken and written discourse; discourse analysis: products and processes; contexts: linguistic, social and physical; context of situation: addresser, addressee, hearer; text discourse: cohesion, endophora, exophora, substitution, conjunction, lexical cohesion; coherence: topic, topicality and theme; theories of discourse analysis; an overview and analysis of various types of discourse: political, scientific, legal, religious, conversational.
|CLK 407||Lexicography And Terminology Development||45||View Description|
Lexicography And Terminology Development Description
Definition of concepts: lexicon, lexeme, lexicology, lexicography, terminology, register; word-formation; theories and approaches in dictionary making; monolingual and bilingual dictionaries; an overview of the history of dictionary-making in Kiswahili; a critique of Kiswahili dictionaries; comparative analysis of lexicographical problems in Kiswahili and English; principles and practice of coining new terminology in various fields: politics, commerce, law, literature, science and technology; the role of TUKI (Institute of Kiswahili Research) and BAKITA (National Kiswahili Council) in terminology development; a critique of new terminology in various fields.
|CLK 408||Classical Kiswahili Literature||45||View Description|
Classical Kiswahili Literature Description
Definitions of classic, classical and classicism; the classical period of Kiswahili poetry: the works of Bwana Mwengo, Sayyid Aidarus, Sayyid A.A. Nasir, Mwana Kupona, Muyaka wa Muhaji, Oriental influences in classical Kiswahili poetry; neo-classical period of Kiswahili poetry: the works of Shaaban Robert, Matthias Mnyampala, Ahmed Nassir, K.A. Abedi; contemporary classics: a study of the major representative works of prose and drama.
|CLK 409||Early And Modern Development Of Kiswahili||45||View Description|
Early And Modern Development Of Kiswahili Description
The origin of Kiswahili and its spread along the East African Coast; the diffusion of Kiswahili into the hinterland; Arabic, Persian, Portuguese and other influences in the early development of Kiswahili; Kiswahili during the colonial era; Kiswahili and decolonization; standardization and modernization of Kiswahili; language policies of Kiswahili-speaking countries and their impact on the language; the role of the mass media and publishing industry in the promotion and development of Kiswahili; the role of various institutions and individuals in the growth of Kiswahili
|CLK 410||Literary Translation||45||View Description|
Literary Translation Description
Theory of translation; differences between literary and non-literary translation; approaches to literary translation; problems of literary translation: the nature of literary language and the difficulty of translating figurative and idiomatic usage, distortion and loss of meaning in literary translation; cultural differences and literary translation; the history of translating literature into Kiswahili; principles of literary translation: studying literary texts, identifying theme, style, target-audience; fidelity to the original text; abridged and unabridged translation; the impact of translation and translated works on Kiswahili literature; practical exercises in translating literary material from and into Kiswahili.
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