Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practice
IKSP uniquely combines different disciplines that relate to human cultures. It provides students with opportunities to understand various aspects of the human condition, knowledge and skills on the way humans relate to one another, sustain and protect life, use and conserve the natural and spiritual worlds.
It is comprehensive and enriching as it draws inspiration from human cultures. Examples of applications of the programme are the development and production of ceramics ware (e.g. cups, tea-pots, plates, tiles, and decorative wares like vases and figurines); herbal drugs; paintings and designs; viewing of life styles, diets, architectural designs, and world from alternative perspectives; the protection of endangered knowledge and skills; appreciation of local reasoning and the ethical dimensions from the local perspectives.
The programme also provides a critical understanding of indigenous knowledge as applicable in real life. Students engage in theoretical debates and carry out practical projects.
Graduates can create self-jobs or get employed in various occupational fields such as academic, corporate and business, government (planners, researchers, managers, arts and crafts officers, curators, conservators, museum or heritage experts, monument officers); community-based jobs (programme designers, implementers).
-Ethics & Morality
-Critical Thinking & Reasoning Skills I
-Language & Communication
-Introduction to Computer Application
-Concepts & Theories of Indigenous Knowledge I
-Ethics & Professionalism
-Critical Thinking & Reasoning Skills II
-Technical & Business Communication
-Concepts & Theories of Indigenous Knowledge II
-Intellectual Property I
-Traditions in Contemporary World
-Drawing & Painting I
-Intellectual Property II
-Drawing & Painting II
-African Family Systems
-Herbal Medicine I
-Drawing & Painting III
-Culture & Family Dynamics
-Indigenous Food & Health
-Herbal Medicine II
-Drawing & Painting IV
-Indigenous Information Systems
-Sex & Sexuality in Contemporary Africa
-Entrepreneurship & Business Management
-Leadership, Gender & Advocacy
-Students Projects & Exhibitions
-Witchcraft & Divination
-Indigenous Knowledge Management
-Dietary Rituals in Religious & Secular Affairs
-Indigenous Environmental Studies
Malawian undergraduate students on generic intake pay K450,000 per academic year for tuition. However, the students also need K80,000 per annum for accommodation and an estimated K500,000 per annum for upkeep.
Economic fee paying students pay K2,200,000 tuition fees per annum and K160,000 per annum for their accommodation.
Foreign students from the SADC region pay US$3,000 tuition fees per annum while those from countries outside the SADC pay US$3,500 per academic year.
Postgraduate students pay tuition fees of US$5,000 or Malawi Kwacha equivalent per academic year. Other costs include K40,000 per semester residence (depends on availability) fee; living expenses of approximately K250,000 per semester payable on prorate basis; research fee of US$500 or in Malawi Kwacha equivalent; dissertation/thesis binding fee of K25,000 and yet to be advised medical insurance fee.
The programme shall have two entry points as follows:
A candidate with six credits in MSCE or its equivalent including English, and a grade of no more than 4 in any three of the following subjects: Creative Arts, Social Studies, Life Skills, Bible Knowledge (Religious Studies), History, and Geography or B for IGSCE in all the above subjects shall join at year one. For A Level, the candidate must have a minimum grade of C in the following subjects: Arts & Design (Creative Arts), History, Bible Knowledge (Religious Studies) and Geography. Candidates will join in second year.
A candidate with MSCE, IGCSE (‘O’ level) or equivalent, industrial experience and a qualification from a recognized institution, shall join the programme at the beginning of year 1 or year 2 dependent on the nature of qualification.
A candidate shall have:
Diploma in Indigenous Knowledge or related qualification from a recognized institution;
MSCE/IGCSE with at least 4 credits including English and any other social science subjects; and
At least 2 years relevant on job experience