Department Development Studies

Introduction

The notion of Development Studies, a professional programme in its own identity, was solidified as an international discipline in 1930s. The modern idea of Development Studies emerged in the 21st Century, influenced by conventional shortcomings in understanding the corpus totality of Development processes. The 21st dynamic changes including; social, economic, political, cultural and environmental had far reaching ramifications for poverty, social harmony, economic growth, political stability which quests for a renegotiation for sustainable human development. These challenges have brought about renewed interest in a deeper multi-disciplinary interrogations opening up space for a holistic development and the need to cover increasing gaps in appropriate policies and processes necessary for promotion of equitable and sustainable development. Development Studies has been holding a central place in official, academic and popular discourses about development, democracy and governance in the world. As such, a comprehensive and representative understanding of the role and significance of Development Studies continues to be a major gap particularly in the context of developing countries. The need for such capabilities for development planners and practitioners in the developing countries can best be imparted through a well packaged Degree course in Development Studies in such a ‘Royal’ Muteesa 1Royal University.

Justification

There is an increasing need for development demands to train a critical human resource with context specific capabilities specifically tailored to a better understanding of development challenges in all aspects of developing countries, regional and  developed. There has been an overwhelming demand for this degree programme in Development Studies by development organisations like, Non Government Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Government Departments, and Individual interested students. This Degree reflects areas that are on critical demand by the public and Development Partners as indicated in the table of the course summary.

Vision

  • Building local Capacity and strengthening people’s potential to be able to come up with solutions to the many community, and national development challenges, through effective planning and management of development oriented programs.

Mission

  • Our mission is to offer qualitative and innovative education to our clients using research oriented programmes so as to prepare holistic students with spiritual, cultural as well as sound academic values.

Expected Outcomes

  • The products from this course will be able to understand not only how societies operate, but also to link social structures and development to the various basic social services to achieve equitable sustainable livelihood.
  • The graduates will be able to not only train, but also demonstrate knowledge and skills of accounting in the real business enterprises at community and national levels within community based approaches to bring about sustainable and equitable development in Uganda and the world at large.
  • Those to graduate with a degree in Development studies of Mutesa 1 Royal University will be able to develop strategies and policies that will help to reduce the ever growing North-South divide.
  • Grandaunts will have developed the capacity to deal with the global challenges such as climatic changes, poverty, natural disasters in relation to development. This knowledge can be leveraged with community mobilization and sensitization of the various communities where development work takes place to empower communities with information which is a pre-liquisite for fostering development. 

Intended Participants 

A degree in development studies will target all those men and women who wish to become social agents of development at individual, community, national as well as international levels. The course will specifically target those students fresh from S.6 from any background with at least two principle pass and two subsidiaries at the same sitting or those with the equivalent. The course will also target those with other diploma or degree qualifications who may want to become vast with the dynamics of community development related issues.

Objectives

General Objective

  • To form a competent, vibrant and dynamic human resource with a deeper critical and analytical understanding of complex development processes, conceptualise, design policies, plan, implement interventions, monitor and evaluate programmes that will enhance equitable sustainable development.

Specific Objectives

  1. To have products who will be able to understand not only how societies operate, but also to link social structures and development to the various basic social services to achieve equitable sustainable livelihood.
  2. To have graduates who will be able to not only train, but also demonstrate knowledge and skills of accounting in the real business enterprises at community and national levels within community based approaches to bring about sustainable and equitable development in Uganda and the world at large.
  3. To have grandaunts who can develop strategies and policies that will help to reduce the ever growing North-South divide.
  4. To develop capacity of the students who can deal with the global challenges such as climatic changes, poverty, natural disasters in relation to development. This knowledge can be leveraged with community mobilization and sensitization of the various communities where development work takes place to empower communities with information which is a pre-riquisite for fostering development.

Resources and Scholastic Materials

The Degree in Development Studies is housed in the Faculty of Social Culture and Development. It will therefore share the physical, infrastructure, administrative, academic resource within the Faculty. In addition, the programme will share the structures and services provided by the wider University. The source of the materials will be the University Library.

Space

The programme will use the available space of the Faculty of Social Culture and Development Studies.