About the Faculty

Faculty of Social Culture and Development Studies believes in professional programmes in its own identity and acknowledges Social Humanities. It is an entry point for capacity building and strengthening the functioning’s of the capabilities of not only the local but also international communities. Social culture and development studies courses have been holding a central place in official, academic and popular discourses about development of; Social Work, Development Studies, Tourism, Mass communication, Counseling and Guidance, Gender and Journalism in the world. As such, we offer a comprehensive and representative understanding of these courses particularly in the context of developing countries. This enhances the faculty to produce experienced planners and practitioners at the end of the course.

We do not only link knowledge and share experiences about the nature; growth and functioning of human societies but also; offer a deeper multi-disciplinary holistic development approach that covers the increasing gaps in appropriate policies and processes necessary for promotion of equitable and sustainable social culture and development programmes. Our cosmopolitan students learn not only to critically examine, analyze and interpret the conditions that constraint human lives, but also being empowered with and solving complex challenges in a dynamic and evolving multi-disciplinary and cultural society.

The curriculum focuses on the quest for a renegotiation for sustainable human development stemming from the conventional shortcomings in understanding the corpus totality of Social Culture and Development processes. Our students are privileged with a rich curriculum which touches all spheres of practical empowerment including;

  1. Community work such as field work, research, sensitization programmes, public debates, and volunteering.
  2. Entrepreneurship such as soap, candle, energy saving stoves, hand crafting etc.
  3. Leisure and hospitality such as games including soccer, performing arts and music, dance and drama.


To be a centre of knowledge and practical empowerment that focuses on holistic approach to social, cultural and national development based on the core socio-economic factors that dictate the changing global discourses.


Building local capacity and strengthening student’s potential to be able to come up with solutions to the challenges of the social world. This is achieved through facilitating the education and training of individual practitioners and groups.

Objectives of the Faculty

General Objective

  1. To form a competent, vibrant and dynamic human resource with a deeper critical and analytical understanding of complex social, culture and development processes that focuses on planning, implementing, designing interventions based on specific programmes that will enhance equitable sustainable development for the world at large.

Specific Objectives

  1. To provide high quality, and relevant practical aimed at really empowering the faculty’s students with skills that help them solve complex social and cultural phenomena.
  2. To design a robust curriculum that stands the test of time in addressing the universities key educational needs and plans.
  3. To produce a vibrant group of professionals who are innovative, enterprising and job creators ready to address the evolving challenges of society and the nation at large..
  4. Partnering with government, cultural leadership, civil society and other stakeholders in aligning national development goals with the Millennium Development Goals.
  5. To provide opportunities for students and staff development and generation of knowledge for professional growth.

Administrative Structure of the Faculty

The Faculty is headed by the Dean, who is assisted by Heads of departments, an Administrative Assistant and the Secretary. The Faculty Board is the highest administrative organ of the Faculty. It consists of all Academic Staff, representatives of the Administrative staff and support staff. Under the Board, there are sub-committees that make important decisions on several matters of the Faculty. These include Heads of Departments Committee, Examinations Committee, Research Committee, Field Work committee, and Disciplinary Committee. The Faculty Board decisions are transmitted to the University Senate for discussion, confirmation and recommendation to the University Council.


The Faculty of Social Culture and Development studies is one of the biggest Faculties in Muteesa 1 Royal University, in terms of number of students and members of staff. It offers undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses under the following Departments;

  1. Department of Development Studies
  2. Department of Mass Communication
  3. Department of Social Work and Social Administration
  4. Department of Tourism and Hotel Management
  5. Department of Guidance and counseling
  6. Department of Gender and Ethics