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Bachelor of Arts in Population and Development (BA PD)

The Bachelor of Arts in Population and Development aims at equipping graduate students with demographic, Social, economic and geographic analytical tools and their applications in resource in planning and use for sustainable development. At the end of the programme, learners will be expected to have acquired competences in determining the relationship between population and other broad parameters, such as internal and international immigration, poverty, environment and global warning which are essential for development planning. The programme is designed to produce competent professionals in demography, population and development planning.

Programme Summary

Course Name: Bachelor of Arts in Population and Development
Course Initials:  BA PD
Total Units:  40
Mode of Deliverance: 

Programme Informations

Option (I):  Direct Entry Scheme (Form VI) Qualifications

  1. Possession of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) or equivalent, with credit passes in five approved subjects, obtained prior to sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) or equivalent; and
  2. He/she has obtained at least two principal level passes in approved subjects in the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE); and

Option (II) Equivalent Qualifications

Candidate with one of the following diplomas can be admitted for BA in Population and Development: Diploma in Population and Development, Diploma in Law, Diploma in Education, Diploma in Community Developments, Diploma in Economics, Diploma in Statistics, Diploma in Accounting, Diploma in Youth Work Development (CYP) Foundation Programme and any relevance social and Science related Diploma recognized by OUT Senate with an average of ‘B’ or GPA of 3.0 with not less than four passes at O’ Level.



Recognition of Prior Learning certificate (RPL) with average of B+ Grade approved by TCU shall be eligible for BA PD program.


Candidates who do not qualify under options I and II may register for Foundation Courses (OFC) offered by The Open University of Tanzania. Those who pass examinations set at the end of the course will be eligible for registration of BA in Population and Development programme listed above, depending on the subject studied.

BA (PD) consists of 16 core courses and 4 electives. Each course (core and elective) has a 2 units’ weight. In addition, there are 2 compulsory cross cutting courses on offer (computer and communication skills) each with a1-unit weight.

This shall be made of all core courses in each level whereby at each level a student shall be required to accomplish a minimum of 12 units. For example in level 1 and level 2, students will be required to undertake all courses as indicated in this Handbook. In level 3 students shall be required to accomplish all the 7 core courses which make 14 units and select a minimum of 2 elective courses.

Programme Organization
Level 1 (All Courses)

Course CodesCourse Title
OPD 101Introduction to Population Studies
OPD 102Introduction to Family Life Education
OPD 103Introduction to Reproductive Health and Sexual Health
OPD 104Medical Geography
OCP 100Introduction to Computer
OFC 017Communication Skills
 One elective course

Level 2 (All Courses)

Course CodeCourse Title
OPD 201Dynamics of Population Structure
OPD 202Gender and Development
OPD 203Basic Demographic Methods
OEC 124Social Science Research Method
OPD 209Field Practical

Level 3 (Seven Core Courses and at Least One Elective)

Course CodeCourse Title
OPD 301Gender, Health and Family Planning
OPD 302GIS and Population Studies
OPD 303Population, Policy and Development
OPD 304Population, Migration and Development
OPD 305Family Resources Management
OPD 306Urban Systems, Planning and Management*
OPD 307Population, Environment and Development
OPD 308Nutrition for Health*
OPD 309African Environment and Development*
OPD 310Rural Settlement and Development
ODS 101AConcepts and Theories of Social Development*

Elective courses

OGE 229: Geography Field Practical’s

There are two Geography Field Practical’s (GFP I and GFP II) to be done by all second and third year students taking Geography. The 2 GFPs will carry 2 units.  The aim of conducting Field Practical’s is to enable student to match and concretize theory and application of geographical knowledge in the Field. Geography Field Practical’s are deliberately decentralized into geographical zones. It is intended to bring the Practical’s closer to students in their own physical environments so as to know more about it as a potential for community development; and to minimize GFP running costs.

All 2nd year Geography students have to undertake a 14 day supervised Geography Field Practical in their respective Geographical Zones/ regions. GFPI & GFPII will be conducted successively within the 14 days provided. Thereafter, students have to write a Group Work Report for GFPI and write a comprehensive report for GFPII to be submitted three months later after completion of GFPI. Students have to incur subsistence, travel; and stationery costs during Geography Fieldwork apart from paying Tsh 200,000 to the OUT. This amount of money can be solicited by the student from different sources including applying to the Universities Student Loan Board. No student will be allowed to carry out GFPII before completion of GFPI first. The Final Grade is the average between scores obtained after marking GFP I and GFP II out of 100%.

Dr. EliezaYusuf Musana

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The aim of this programme is to produce undergraduates with ample knowledge and skills in family life and population management, capable of identifying, studying, and analysing population issues, applying knowledge and planning for the improvement of human life.

All Bachelor of Arts in Population and Development courses shall be examined during the academic year in which they are studied.

The assessment will comprise course work and annual examinations. Course work assessment shall consist of an online coursework assessment and a two hour written test.

The coursework assessment will contribute 30% of the total marks for each course. Annual examinations; each student shall be required to sit for a three-hour annual examination, at the end of the academic year. The annual examination will contribute 70% to the total mark of each course.

The combination of both coursework and annual examination shall be100%. Each candidate shall be required to register for the examinations in specific subjects at least one month at latest, before the commencement of annual examinations period.

The annual University examinations shall be conducted under the control of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) with the Director of the Examinations Syndicate