Courses Catalogue

Decentralisation And Local Government

COURSE CODE: PAM 7102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Master of arts in development studies
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

  Decentralization and Local Governments

  • The concept of decentralization
  • Modes of decentralization
  • Purposes  for Decentralization
  • Decentralization Challenges  and methodological problems

Theories of Local Governments

  • Orthodox  Debates
  • Local Governments and Democracy
  • Public Services, Efficiency and Local Governance
  • Arguments on the value  the locality
  • Women and the Local Democracy

Local Government Structures 

  • Local council structures 
  • Council Composition
  • Council Political leadership
  • Non Political leadership in the Local councils
  • Relationships between political leadership and the bureaucrats

Local Electoral Politics and Political Participation 

  • Defining Participation
  • Modes of Participation
  • Factors Influencing Participation
  • Political representation
  • The Career of Councilors 

Rethinking Local Governance

  • Current Practices in Uganda
  • Interest Groups, Media  and other stakeholders
  • Alternatives of Local democracy
  • Re-shaping Local governments & Re-inventing Local Democracy

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Field trips
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes