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Title:Twenty five years of teaching law in Dar es Salaam
Author:Kanyiwanyi, J.
Periodical:The Zimbabwe Law Review
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:legal education
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Abstract:This paper outlines the ways in which the Law Faculty at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has attempted over the past twenty-five years to decolonize university education and make it more 'Africa-oriented'. The subject is presented in terms of what is seen as a struggle between those favouring narrow specialization and compartmentalization of knowledge on the one hand, and those who argue that knowledge and truth are wholistic concepts and must be taught 'in context' on the other. The paper first examines developments within the Faculty of Law in the period 1961-1970. Although there was a clear effort in this period to teach law in the East African context, this context tended to be legalistically conceived. Student protest in 1966 and the Arusha Declaration of 1967 led to the establishment of a course on social and economic problems of East Africa for law students. During 1970-1972 new efforts were made to teach law in a historical, socioeconomic context. This trend reached its apex in the period 1974/75-1986/87. Jurisprudence was made a compulsory subject for the third year and postgraduate programmes. The jurisprudence syllabus included such topics as State institutions and their historical evolution, their relation to social class formation, social revolutions, and major social and legal reforms. Another innovation was the introduction of a Legal Aid Scheme, which enabled both staff and students to acquire practical professional experience. App., notes, ref. (Also in: Eastern Africa Law Review, vol. 16, no. 1 (1989), p. 1-70.)