Courses Catalogue

Decentralization And Local Governance

COURSE CODE: PAD 1203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Public Adminstration, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course of decentralization and Local Government Management has been designed to meet the growing need for a firm understanding a good governance and effective service delivery among the local populace. It arises out of the growing need for a people centered mode of governance spearheaded by internal and external actors.

The main objective of this course is to provide Undergraduate students with a strong foundation of the concepts and issues that relate to “decentralization” and “Local Government”. The entire course will deal majorly with issues related to decentralization, both as a condition and a process.  Deeper emphasis will be put to issues related to political, personnel, financial decentralization, all of which analyzed from the institutional and legal frameworks. Uganda’s decentralization strategy will be unearthed in a bid to stimulate students’ curiosity and intellectual understanding of the possibilities involved in its implementation as well as development.

The course will also cover the main conceptions and /or dimensions of decentralization and how it relates to good governance and development. Further interest will be focused on attempting to situate decentralization within the contemporary development discourse. More specifically, here, attention will be paid to decentralization as a development paradigm and why it has taken stage in the development process. Finally, participants will be expected to deal with the question of the practical orientation of decentralization to good governance and development as highlighted in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and currently Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The course is aimed at;

  • Providing students with a strong foundation of the concepts and issues that relate to decentralisation in local governance in relation to service delivery.
  • Enabling students appreciate key concepts in decentralization and local governance
  • Enabling students identify the various forms and of decentralization
  • Making students understand why local governments are essential and their functions
  • Enabling students acknowledge changing trends in local governments

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end this course, candidate should be able to:

  • Appreciate key concepts in decentralization and local governance
  • Identify the various forms and of decentralization
  • Understand why local governments are essential and their functions
  • Acknowledge changing trends in local governments