Bachelor of Arts in Local Governance and Human Rights

Bachelor of Arts in Local Governance and Human Rights (2 years after completion of Diploma)

Programme Coordinator

Mr. Benedicto Kabiito


The purpose of the BA in Local Governance and Human Rights is three fold: first to develop student’s an understanding of the workings of local government and the processes of the decentralization system; second to help students analyze local problems and come up with ideas to enhance sustainable development; third to equip students with a deeper knowledge human rights. Courses under this program place emphasis on increasing students’ understanding of the managing local government activities and issues of decentralization geared at development. They further help students to understand the scope and limits of international human rights principles and institutions. The bachelor’s degree programme takes a total of 156 credit hours plus 12 credit unites for the dissertation. To complete studying the module and the reader totals to 8 contact hours for each module.

Course objectives

  1. To promote participation in development based on decentralized governance;

  1. To participate in the promotion of better public administration and people’s participation in planning;

  2. To increase knowledge of human rights at the domestic, regional and international levels;

  3. To understand the political, social, economic status of local governments;

Students who complete the course successfully will acquire:

  1. Knowledge necessary in the development of local settings;

  2. Skills for planning and managing public goods;

  3. A critical understanding of the principles and institutions of international human rights, including their origins, assumptions, contents, limits and potential; and

  4. An improved ability to think analytically about the implementation and development of international human rights and to apply these rights professional and national setting.

LGHR 209: Civil Society, NGOs and Development

Civil society, NGOs and development have cometo be regarded as not only mutually reinforcing but also as overlapping. Development depends on the civil society and NGOs. The module analyses why there is renewed interest in the civil society, identifies and classifies the various types of NGOs and civil society movements and the role and contribution of NGOs and the civil society in democracy and good governance and ultimately in the development process both at global and Ugandan context .

LGHR 210: Urban Planning and Sustainable Development

This module is concerned with the theory and practice of urban planning in the societies undergoing rapid economic, social, environmental and spatial change. It examines the phenomenon and processes of rapid urban growth and the nature of planning interventions within the broader framework of political, economic and cultural factors, contrasting development paradigms and the process of globalization.

LGHR 211: Sustainable Rural Development

One of the chief challenges of urban growth is how to deal with the apparent migration and the impoverishment of rural life and thereafter make it sustainable. The module draws on development studies, agricultural economies and sociology. It looks at the problem of uneven development, understands some of its causes and sees how it manifests itself. It critically examines the rural land use policy and the principles that underlie the policy-making process.


LGHR 212: Project Planning and Management

The module covers the basic principles of a structured approach to project planning as well as understanding the human factor behind project successes and failures. It covers the planning of private and public investment in the agricultural sector. It will put emphasis on the concepts of project identification, preparation, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation and the methods of logical framework, financial and economic cost-benefit analysis, and social environmental assessment.

LGHR 213: Gender and Development

Uganda has committed itself to gender equality both in its constitution and as a signatory to various international instruments. The module provides a theoretical framework for students to understand these commitments and act upon them. The module introduces students to the current theoretical and substantive development issues, paying special attention to the analysis of gender within the context of development. It examines issues such as the nature of poverty, work households and gender divisions of labour, industrialization, environmental management and the gender analysis of development planning, the conditions of women in the world and the main ways in which gender relations are affected by the development process.

LGHR 214: Human Rights in Uganda

The module will introduce you to basic human rights issues in the world with specific focus on Africa in general and in Uganda in particular. It will give some general philosophical insights on human rights with emphasis on the dominant human rights theories It shall then examine some selected topics of human rights issues through a discussion of some important human rights documents and cases. Human rights empower people, help them assume their roles as community members, provide the legal framework for people’s participation in public affairs and in claiming their rights.

LGHR 215: Public Finance, Management and Accountability

The proper management of public finances is an essential part of good governance. The module gives an introduction to public finance and gives an understanding of how public budgeting work; accountability and transparency in public finance and their importance

LGHR 216: Democracy and Governance in Africa

Government is always seen as the basic institution for all nations and thus many people often tend not to think what it really means. This module sets out to define governing as a means of exercising control over a society by means of ordered rule. At the same time, the module looks at government as a set of institutions and concerns a body of actors, which define how and to what extent the public affairs within society are shaped and directed. The module considers government as the institutionalized process through which the public order is maintained and collective action is organized in order to enhance the welfare of the society.

LGHR 217: Research Methodology II

This module will put emphasis on writing research reports. We would like to begin by emphasising that a research report is an expansion of the previously written research proposal. The proposal constitutes the first three chapters of the research report. The difference between the research proposal and the research report is that the research proposal is written in the past tense which has to be changed to past tense when writing the final report.

LGHR 218: Original and Critical Language Skills

Original and Critical Language Skills is a course intended to provide the students with an opportunity to explore and exercise their cognitive ability. In the process, the students will be exposed to a variety of writings which they – the students will have to academically appreciate through critiquing and tabling their criticisms through an academic style of writing.