Diploma in Local Governance and Human Rights

Diploma in Local Governance and Human Rights (2 years Duration)

Programme Coordinator

Mr. Benedicto Kabiito



The purpose of the Diploma in Local Governance and Human Rights is to develop students on issues of local government and help them to participate in the process of decentralisation. Secondly the programme develops the understanding of workings of local government and the processes of introducing the decentralisation system in Uganda. The component of human rights in the programme helps students to develop the ability to make a contribution to the field of understanding and upholding human rights. The diploma programme takes a total of 72 credit hours where to complete studying the module and the reader totals to 8 contact hours for each module.

Courses under this programme place emphasis on increasing students understanding of managing local government activities and issues of decentralisation. They further help students to understand the scope and limits of international human rights law principles and institutions. At the end of the study programme, students will gain capacity to think analytically about the further implementation decentralisation in their professional setting.

Specific Objectives

  1. To improve service delivery at local levels

  2. To promote principles of decentralisation

  3. To promote a better public administration

  4. To enhance professional understanding of international human rights at the domestic, regional and international levels;

  5. To enhance ability to think analytically about the further implementation and development of international human rights generally and in the context of local governance and African setting;

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the course successfully will:

  1. Have knowledge of working in a decentralised government

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

  3. Be able to apply the concepts of good governance and Human Rights in solving their problems and dealing with everyday situations;

  4. Have an analytical thinking about the implementation and development of international human rights and to apply these rights professional and national setting;


LGHR 101: Introduction to Local Governance

This module gives an overview of the historic development of the Local Government and its meaning in the context of Uganda. It goes on to explore the challenges of good local governance and the promotion of democratic governance, policy making and participatory management. It then examines the question of who are the actors in local governance, how it relates to the responsibility of the state and the civil society. The course will draw on case materials from Uganda and other countries in the region.

LGHR 102: Principles of Decentralisation

This module gives a general background on decentralisation and local governance in Uganda. It introduces key issues and concepts in development planning. It explains the functional linkages between local governments and other key players in the decentralisation process, functions, responsibilities and powers of local government councils and their organs. Decentralization is one of the major policy initiatives in governance.

LGHR 103: Introduction to Human Rights

No nation or society in human history has been totally innocent of human rights abuses. This module will introduce the historical developments of human rights. It will also examine certain violations of human rights within their historic contexts. Attention will also be given to the evolution of both civil and human rights entities within the global political thought and practice. Students are encouraged to rely on reasonable evidence and critical thinking while studying these historical controversies, rather than biased accounts or emotional arguments.

LGHR 104: Introduction to Public Administration

This module is an introduction to the fields of public policy and public administration. It examines the processes of policy formulation and administration. Set within the context of contemporary political, social, economic and administrative realities, this module explores responsive, equitable, effective, efficient and accountable governance processes, public policies and institutional based programmes. It examines from a multi-disciplinary perspective, those essential competencies, values and issues important to the public service organizations and the importance of public policy at the local, state, national and international levels.

LGHR 105: Rights of Minority Groups

The module focuses on a key aspect of contemporary society and provides a way of interpreting diversity. The arguments, reasons and ways of interpreting and sorting through some of the current issues related to ethnicity, culture, nation, people, self-government and distinctive society in the Great Lakes Region are presented. It looks at the importance of freedom, individual choice, self-identity and belonging; the definition of culture and the key role it plays, how it forms the basis for political and social structure and the implications of culture for identity and social relationships.

LGHR 106: Human Rights Issues in Contemporary Africa

The module examines normative issues that are emotionally powerful and politically consequential, as well as cultural issues surrounding debates over human rights, for example, are there distinctively African conceptions of human rights? Beyond the normative issues, the module assesses the changing empirical realities of human rights in Africa. Finally, the module addresses the question of remediation and accountability.

LGHR 107: Administrative Law and Practice

The module gives an introduction to some of the legal concepts and principles that are of use in practice in local governance and NGOs to shape public outcomes in relation to planning, growth management, land use and the environment. It is directed to the law relating to public decision-making and the exercise of decision-making power by public officials. It focuses on public law in the context of growth management, planning, land use legislation and authority.

LGHR 108: Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration

Ethics has become one of the most debated topics in public as well as the private life. This module gives an introduction to ethics, the philosophy of ethics, the various theories, professional codes of ethics and conflict of interest. It addresses the issue of corruption and various case studies are given. It emphasizes the need to have ethical standards that are consistent across society, especially among the leaders.

LGHR 109: Research Methodology I

This module will take you through the research procedures and process. The module emphasises the fact that research is understood differently in different disciplines and therefore takes different approaches. The methods used in carrying out research are varied depending on the individual discipline. This module therefore has been prepared to suit the research needs and requirements of students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts Local Governance and Human Rights.

LGHR 110: Communication Skills for Administrators

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 the students will have to academically appreciate through critiquing and tabling their criticisms through an academic style of writing