Faculty of Social & Gender Transformative Sciences

The Faculty of Social and Gender Transformative Sciences is the largest of all the Faculties in the University. The Faculty comprises four Departments: Continuing Education, Social Sciences, Family and Health Sciences and Gender and Transformative Sciences. With our competent, dynamic human resources, we offer a range of academic disciplines that are demand driven at the following levels: Certificates, Diplomas, Honours degrees, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD Programmes in different specialisations. The Faculty develops free-thinking, critical, creative, communicative and daring intellectuals, whose work is an important contribution to society, while their knowledge enriches the universal nature of humanity, simultaneously retaining various value systems and cultural identities. The mandate of the University is to promote gender equality in the provision of higher education in Zimbabwe and Africa at large. Our Faculty is at the heart of driving the University’s mandate as we house all the programmes and expertise on gender. We pride ourselves in producing gender sensitive graduates who are game changers in society. Our research by staff and students is indeed transforming. The Faculty currently offers programmes through different flexible and innovative learning modes at our Harare and satellite campuses in Bulawayo, Mutare, Zambia and Malawi.
As the Dean of the Faculty, I would like to welcome you all to our inspiring Faculty and urge you to navigate through our programmes and join us in changing the world of Behavioural Sciences.


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Department of Continuing Education

Certificate in Early Childhood Development
These regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Academic Regulations (GAR) for Certificates for the Women’s University in Africa (WUA).  The regulations shall be subject to approval by the University Senate and shall include objectives of the programme, provision to admission and courses as well as scheme of examinations of the same.  The certificate in ECD shall be awarded to students who have completed the course in accordance with the Regulations below.  These regulations apply only to students registered for the Certificate in ECD.
The students shall acquire the following:
  • Basic knowledge of ECD practice;
  • Basic skills on record keeping
  • Basic skills for toy production
  • Basic knowledge on child development
  • Basic knowledge on child study and lesson planning.
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum of 3 O’ level subjects including English Language.
  • Those with 2 O’ level subject including English plus and certificate in ECD from a recognised institution may be accepted.
The Certificate in ECD shall take 6 months to complete.  It shall be offered on a block release basis.
Course of Study
Part 1: Theory work which covers 6 modules in 6 weeks.
  • Health and the Centre Environment
  • Child Development
  • The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Curriculum
  • The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Teacher
  • Management and Administration of Early Childhood Development (ECD) settings/Centres.
  • Historical, Philosophical and Sociological perspectives of Early Childhood Development (ECD).
Part 2: Practicum
Students shall be on Practicum for a full school term. Students who are already teaching are exempted from practicum.
Part 3: Toy production. 
It runs concurrently with the other parts.
Length of blocks:     
First block 4 weeks
Second block 2 weeks
The blocks include a written assignment for each module.
Lectures:        Three courses per day (08:00-16:00)
Proposed Time Table for blocks:  During school holidays (April and August).
All admitted students shall be registered with the academic registry of the University and individual registration numbers shall be allocated.
Scheme of Assessment
Final assessment for the Certificate in ECD shall be as follows:
  • 6 written assignments 30%
  • Toy production 30%
  • Practicum (shall be determined on the basis of two school/centre-based crits) 40%.
  • No written examinations for these students.
Course Outlines
In accordance with the general provisions in the General Academic regulations, detailed course outlines do not form part of the General Academic Faculty regulations, but shall be submitted through the appropriate Faculty Board for approval.  Detailed copies of course outlines shall be kept in the Faculty Office for reference.
Marks of Distinction
Marks of distinction may be awarded in the theory and/or in practicum in accordance with the provisions of General Academic Regulations for Certificates and Diplomas based on the marks obtained at the end of the programme.
Award of the Certificate in ECD
To be eligible for the award of the Certificate in ECD, students must have:
  • Registered for and successfully completed the courses as provided in these regulations; and
  • Satisfied all other requirements laid down in these regulations and any other relevant statutes and regulations of the University.
Diploma in Education (ECD)
B.Ed ECD (Pre Service)
B.Ed ECD (In Service)
B.Ed Primary
MEd In Early Childhood Development
PhD Programme

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Department of Sociology & Psychology

B.Sc Hons in Sociology and Gender Development Studies
Sociology is a science and community of scholarship whose endeavour is to utilise rational models to organise empirical data about social behaviour.  Learning sociology means taking a step back from one’s personal interpretations of the world, to look at the social influences, which shape one’s life.  Contemporary society is marked by crisis encompassed in marginality, conflict, poverty and discrimination. The power of sociology is to demonstrate just how strong the forces that organise society in very different ways are.  The study of sociology helps one to recognise human differences and human suffering and to confront the challenges of living in a diverse world.  The degree prepares students to take up careers in research, public health, human resources management, development, advocacy and activism, social welfare, conflict resolution and management among many others.  Furthermore, the degree prepares students for graduate training in multiple disciplines like anthropology, development, mass media, public health and industrial sociology etc.
Regulations for the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sociology and Gender Development Studies shall apply subject to provisions for both the University and Faculty General Academic Regulations.  Generally Faculty Regulations shall normally take precedence over specific degree special regulations where both are read together.
The overall aim of this programme is to train Social Science students in the application and utilization of sociological and gender development perspectives in the analysis of social processes.
The Specific Aims are:
  • to equip students with theoretical knowledge on social discourse in order to bridge the gap between theory and praxis.
  • to equip students with skills to research and critically analyse social phenomena focusing on how these phenomena correlates with social structures shaping social processes.
  • to intellectually empower students to effectively analyse the discourse on marginality, discrimination, exclusion and poverty in order to enhance their participation in community development and change; and
  • to enhance and promote the development of sociology as both an academic discipline and field of scientific application relevant to diverse human needs.
Learning Outcomes
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team building
  • Coping skills
  • Guidance and counselling skills
  • Social research skills
  • Research and publication skills
  • Data interpretations and analysis skills
  • Organisational management skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Report writing and presentation techniques
  • Writing and publishing articles
  • Understanding and streamlining gender issues
  • Gender sensitisation and promotion skills
  • Advocacy and activism
Entry Requirements
               Subject to provisions of the University and Faculty General Academic Regulations for admission, the following entry requirements shall apply:
Mature Entry (25 years and above)
               A minimum of 5 ‘O’ Level passes including English at grade C or better; and a professional qualification such as a diploma in a related field of study.
               A minimum of 3-years relevant working experience.
Normal Entry (24 years and below)
               5 “O” level passes including English at grade C or better and 2 “A” Level passes in Social Sciences related subjects.
Duration of Programme/Study
               The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Sociology and Gender Development Studies shall take four years full time to complete.  It shall be offered on a semesterised basis.
Programme Structure
               All BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Gender Development Studies students are expected to do a minimum total of thirty courses.  To meet these requirements, students undertake twenty-eight courses and a project on an approved sociological problem (a project is worth two courses).
  • the first year, students shall undertake ten courses on offer. For a student to proceed to second year, he/she should pass all the ten courses.
  • the second year, students shall undertake ten courses.
  • In the third year students shall go to Attachment for the whole year.
  • In the fourth year, students shall undertake at least eight courses. In addition, students normally do a project (which is equivalent to two courses), except in extreme cases where the Faculty approves that the student does 2 additional courses instead of a project.
  • In order to proceed to register for the project, a student must also have passed qualitative and quantitative research methods in the second year.
  • All in all, a student shall normally require at least twenty-eight courses plus a project (equivalent to two courses) and work related attachment to graduate with an honours degree.
1.11 Courses on Offer
First Year Semester 1 Courses                                           
PS 111 Introduction to Psychology                                        
SS 111 Sociology                                                                   
PS 112 Introduction to Social Psychology                            
SS 112 Cultural Anthropology                                               
CS111 Communication Skills                                               
BCLl11     Basic Computer Literacy                                     
First Year Semester 2 Courses       
SS 121 Anthropology II                                                         
SS 122 Introduction to Gender Studies                                  
SS 123 Sociology II                                                               
PS 122 Social Psychology                                                     
PS 123 Introduction to Psychology II                                   
Second Year Semester 1 Courses    
SS 211 Qualitative Research Methods                                   
SS 212 Sociology of Development                                        
SS 213 Sociology of Organisations                                       
SS 214 Households & Family Studies                                  
SS 215 Sociology of the Environment                                  
Second Year Semester 2 Courses    
SS 221  Sociology of Mass Communication                        
SS 222  Sociology of Work and Industrial Relations           
SS 223  Quantitative Research Methods                               
SS 224 Civil Society and Governance                                  
SS 225 Rural and Urban Development                                 
Third Year Semester 1and 2
Industrial Attachment Continuous Assessment                     
Industrial Attachment Project                                                
Fourth Year Semester 1 Courses
SS 411 Social Theory 1                                                         
SS 412 Social Policy and Administration                              
SS 413 Labour Studies                                                           
SS 414 HIV/AIDS and Psychosocial Support                        
SS 415 Sociology of Medicine & Health Care                      
Fourth Year Semester 2 Courses
BM 224Project Planning and Management                          
SS 423 Conflict Management and Transformation               
SS424  Social Theory 11                               
SS 425 Research Project                                                        
B.Sc Hons in Psychology
Diploma in Social Work
B.Sc Hons in Social Work
Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work
PhD Programme

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Department of Gender and Transformative Sciences

B.Sc Hons in Women's & Gender Studies

Why Study Women’s and Gender Studies at Women’s University in Africa?

  • WUA offers flexi time for the mature women and girls who want to acquire the degree. There are day, evening and block release classes.
  • WUA has a crèche where you can bring your toddlers while you attend classes in the morning or afternoon.


Duration:  Three years


Entry requirements

5 ‘O’ Level subjects including English Language for those aged 40 years and above

At least 2 ‘A’ Level subjects


Opportunities for Women’s and Gender Studies Graduates

This specialist degree gives you a combination of critical thinking and problem solving skills to prepare you for a career in:

  • Non-governmental organisations;
  • International organisations;
  • Government departments;
  • Gender desks in institutions;
  • Colleges and universities;
  • Private sector.


Graduates of Women’s and Gender Studies will take up jobs as:

  • Community Workers
  • Researchers
  • Development specialists
  • Advocacy
  • Policy Analysts
  • Programme Officers
  • Consultants
  • Journalists

Programme Courses

Course Code

First Year First Semester


Women and gender studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction


Introduction to Feminist Theories


Introduction to Gender Relations


Communication Skills


Basic Computer Literacy




First Year Second Semester


Gender, Culture and Migration


Women and Work


Gender and Development


Modern African Women’s Voices in Film and Literature


Sociology and  Gender


Second Year First Semester


Psychology  of Women and Gender


Women and Disaster Management


Feminist Ways of Knowing


Qualitative Research Methods


The Politics of Women’s Health


Second Year Second Semester


Gender and Media


Women and Religion


Globalization and Trans-nationalism


Women as Agents of Change


Quantitative Research Methods


Third Year First Semester


Gender, Sexuality and Society


Gender Community and International Organisations


Transformational Feminisms


Medicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and Diaspora


Social Justice and Law Reform


Third Year Second Semester


Gender Mainstreaming in Organisations


Gender Globalization, Culture, Power and Trade


Women and Politics


Research Project

B.Sc Hons in Community Development
MSc. Degree in Development Studies
MSc. Degree in Child Sensitive Social Policies
MSc. Degree in Disaster Risk and Livelihood Studies
MSc. Degree in Sociology and Gender Studies
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
PhD Programmes

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Department of Family and Health Sciences

B.Sc Hons in Clinical Midwifery

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