Centre for Gender and Development Studies

Brief History of the Creation, Past and Current Leadership of the Department

The Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) was created in 2014 under the leadership of Professor Olabisi Aina from 2014 to 2015 who was then the Director of the Centre. From the take-off point, the Centre progressed under successive leadership of Prof. E.Y. Aderibigbe from 2015 to 2016; Dr. O.B. Akitan (2016), Prof. C.F. Ogundana from 2016 to 2020, and the current Director, Professor F.M. Osalusi (September, 2020 till Date).

The Objectives and Mission Statement

Objectives of the Centre

As a Centre of excellence for the interdisciplinary study of gender and development issues at the Ekiti State University (EKSU), the Centre sets out the following objectives for itself:

  1. Consolidate and expand the University’s focus on gender, social work, social policy and social development;
  2. Develop academic programmes both at non-graduate, undergraduate and post graduate (PGD, M. Sc., M. Phil & Ph. D) levels of international standing in the areas of gender and development and social work;
  • Develop short courses and conduct workshops to build technical capacity of practitioners on gender mainstreaming, social policy and analysis frameworks for achieving sustainable development, poverty reduction and quality of life;
  1. Challenge, strengthen and promote interdisciplinary policy, relevant basic and action- oriented research into issues of equity and equality associated with gender, class, ethnicity and political differentiation for sustainable human development and social change;
  2. Stimulate intellectual and public discourse through seminars, conferences and publications of gender and development sensitive research findings;
  3. Build capacity of students and staff of Ekiti State University in the use of gender mainstreaming and sustainable development frameworks;
  • Build national capacity in gender mainstreaming and social development frameworks, planning, and policy analysis, through teaching, training, consultancy, documentation and networking;
  • Mainstream gender into university planning, administration, policy formulation and programme implementation at all levels;
  1. Mainstream gender into academic curricula across faculties;
  2. Initiate and engage in intellectual advocacy and community-related programmes through diverse community level activities.
  3. Establish and maintain a physical and virtual database for all researches in gender, social policy and development issues in Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria in general;
  • Develop the Ekiti State University gender equity policy/ sexual harassment policy;
  • Build partnerships and networks with government institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations and development partners on issues relating to gender and sustainable development;
  • Establish international collaboration and linkages with reputable universities both within and outside the continent.

Mission statement of the Centre:

The mission of the Centre is to promote gender equality, women empowerment and sustainable development through teaching, research, policy advocacy, training, educational outreach and partnerships/networks/collaborations with government institutions, the private sector, civil society organizations and development partners.

General services and academic programmes

General Services

  1. Mainstream gender into the academic and administrative processes of the university through capacity building across departments and units; and the establishment of a gender management system for the Ekiti State University;
  2. Counseling services for victims/survivors of sexual and gender based violence; and other related social problems.
  3. Capacity building and workshop on gender issues such as Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Gender and Development among others

 

Non-Degree Certificate Courses in Gender and Development Studies

  1. Gender and Development (3 Months);
  2. Gender and Health Studies (3 Months);
  3. Gender, Human Rights and Access to Justice (3 Months)
  4. Gender, Adolescent Sexuality and Youth Development (3 Months)
  5. Women and Gender Studies (3 Months)

Postgraduate Programmes

Below are the Centre’s programmes of the centre.

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
  3. Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Gender and Development Studies
  4. Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Social Work
  5. Master of Philosophy(M. Phil.) in Social Work
  6. Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Gender and Development Studies
  7. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Gender and Development Studies
  8. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work

Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes in CDGS

Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies

Admission into the postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies programme is open to holders of:

  1. A bachelor’s degree not below Third Class Honours, HND Upper Credit in any related discipline from a recognised University;
  2. Any NUC approved equivalent professional qualifications (to ‘a’ above) recognised by the Senate of the Ekiti State University;
  3. A minimum of five (5) credit passes at GCE/SSCE/NECO ordinary level (obtained at not more than two (2) sittings) including English language.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Gender and Development Studies (Full-Time and Part-Time)

Admission into Master of Science Degree in Gender and Development Studies is opened to holders of:

  1. A minimum of Second Class Honours Degree in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Law, Humanities, Education and related discipline from any recognised University;
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on 5 point scale of Ekiti State University may be considered for admission into the M.Sc. Programme;
  • Other applicants with at least two (2) years significant appropriate/relevant work/demonstrable practical life experience in the field of gender issues would be admissible for the MSc programme;
  1. A minimum of five credit passes at GCE/SSCE/NECO Ordinary Level (obtained at not more than two (2) sittings) including English Language.

Master of Philosophy M.Phil./Ph.D. in Gender and Development Studies

  1. Candidates for M.Phil./Ph.D. in Gender and Development Studies must have a total weighted average of 55 – 59.9% in M.Sc. Degree in Gender and Development Studies from EKSU or a recognised University;
  2. All candidates must have a minimum of five credit passes at GCE/SSCE/NECO Ordinary Level (obtained at not more than two (2) sittings) including English Language.
  3. Requirements for Conversion
  4. Candidates shall register for not less than two (2) academic sessions;
  5. Candidates with a minimum of 60.0 total weighted average score (or CGPA of 3.50) after the required course work and project would be eligible to convert to Ph.Dprogramme;
  • Candidates with total weighted average of 55-59.9% (or CGPA of 3.0-3.49) will be awarded M.Phil.in Gender and Development Studies.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Gender and Development Studies

Admission into the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Gender and Development Studies is open to holders of:

  1. M.Sc. degree in Gender and Development Studies with a minimum total weighted average score of 60.0 (or CGPA of 3.50) from EkitiState University or any other recognised University.

Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

Admission into the postgraduate Diploma in Social Work is open to holders of:

  1. A bachelor’s degree not below Third Class Honours, HND Upper Credit in any related discipline from a recognised University
  2. Any NUC approved equivalent professional qualifications (to ‘a’ above) recognised by the Senate of the Ekiti State University
  3. A minimum of five (5) credit passes at GCE/SSCE/NECO ordinary level (obtained at not more than two (2) sittings) including English Language

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Social Work (Full-Time and Part-Time)

  1. Admission into Master of Science Degree in Social Work is opened to holders of:
  2. A minimum of Second Class Honours Degree inSocial Work, Psychology, Sociology, Social Studies, Guidance and Counselling, Health Education, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Public/Community Health, Nursing, Law or any other related disciplines from Ekiti State University or any other recognised University shall qualify for a direct admission into the M.Sc. in Social Work;
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on 5 point scale of Ekiti State University may be considered for admission into the M.Sc. Programme;
  • Other applicants with at least two (2) years significant appropriate/relevant work/demonstrable practical life experience in the field of Social Work would be admissible for the MSc programme;
  1. A minimum of five credit passes at GCE/SSCE/NECO Ordinary Level (obtained at not more than two (2) sittings) including English Language.

Master of Philosophy M.Phil./Ph.D. in Social Work

  1. A candidate for M.Phil./Ph.D. in Social Work must have a total weighted average of 55 – 59.9% in M.Sc. Degree in Social Work from Ekiti State University or a recognised University;
  2. Candidates must have a minimum of five credit passes at GCE/SSCE/NECO Ordinary Level (obtained at not more than two (2) sittings) including English Language.
  3. Requirements for Conversion
  4. Candidates shall register for not less than two (2) academic sessions;
  5. Candidates with a minimum of 60.0 total weighted average score (or CGPA of 3.50) after the required course work and project would be eligible to convert to Ph.D. programme;
  • Candidates with total weighted average of 55-59.9% (or CGPA of 3.0-3.49) will be awarded M.Phil.in Social Work.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) in Social Work

Admission into the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Social Work is open to holders of:

  1. Sc. degree in Social Work, Sociology, Social Studies, Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, Health Education and Mental Health with a minimum total weighted average score of 60.0 (or CGPA of 3.50) from Ekiti State University or any other recognised University.