Bachelor Of Arts In Community Development

Bachelor Of Arts In Community Development

Description of the Programme:

The Bachelor of Arts in Community Development programme is aimed at equipping
students with relevant theoretical knowledge and practical skills for holistic community
development. This is achieved through emphasizing research on contemporary development
issues and how this research can inform our practice. Basic to this programme is the
understanding that to be truly transformational, community development interventions
must be holistic, involving all aspects of community life: social, spiritual, economic
and political. Students will be equipped to integrate all these aspects of society so as
to model community development for holistic transformation of society.


Programme Rationale

This programme is intended to raise development practitioners who through dynamic
leadership will mobilise communities, create awareness and set an agenda for development
that is holistic, equitable and sustainable. These leaders will spearhead change in
communities by empowering people to recognize their potential and utilize it in ways that
bring about transformation. Although the subject of transforming society has dominated the
development agendas of many African countries since independence, success remains elusive.
Poverty has become endemic and Africa’s hope for a brighter future is under threat.
Therefore, a more concerted approach to community transformation, one that focuses on
empowering people themselves to become agents of the change they want is our greatest hope.


Program Objectives

The programme is specifically designed to:
• Enable the student to model a Christ-like character in leadership by exercising integrity, servant-hood, and compassion.
• Equip the student with a clear understanding of factors that influence community development, thus enabling him/her work with communities to identify, analyze and apply appropriate development strategies that lead to community well-being.
• Acquaint the student with issues of governance in relation to development and the mechanisms government employs to accomplish its community development programmes. This will enable him/her to liaise between government and the community to realize development.
• Enable the student to acquire cutting-edge knowledge and skills on community development interventions so that they can pursue excellence in the holistic development of communities.
• Equip the student to demonstrate an understanding of civil society organizations and their role in influencing community development.
• Enable the student to acquire appropriate skills and knowledge for resource identification, mobilization and utilization so as to facilitate sustainable community development.
• Ground the student with knowledge regarding the multi-faceted causes of poverty and underdevelopment from a global perspective.
• Enable the student to integrate the Christian faith into community development from a biblical perspective that seeks to meet the needs of the whole person.
• Equip the student to play a role in influencing the formulation and application of appropriate policies that facilitate community transformation.
• Adequately equip the student with skills for social research that can be used as a basis for community interventions.


Requirements for Direct Entry Scheme

• Uganda Certificate of Education (O’ Level) with a minimum of five (5)
passes and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (A’ Level) with a minimum of two (2)
principal passes (preferred but not limited to economics, geography, entrepreneurship,
and agriculture) obtained at the same sitting.
• The minimum requirement for direct entry from the 8-4-4 system shall be
C+ or its equivalent.

Requirements for the Diploma Holders’ Entry Scheme:
• A relevant diploma (with an upper second) or credit obtained from an institution recognized by National Council for Higher Education.

Requirements for Mature Age Entry Scheme
• A pass of 50 percent or higher in Mature Age examination, obtained and certified from a center recognized by National Council for Higher Education.


Program Structure

Introduction to Psychology
Computer Literacy I
Spiritual Formation
Research and Writing Skills
Introduction to Community Development
Community Development Theories and Approaches
Old Testament Survey
Computer Literacy II
Community Advocacy and Social Change
Development Economics
New Testament Survey
Transformational Leadership
Sustainable Community Development
Community Based Rehabilitation
Introduction to Sociology
Communication Skills
Comparative world Views
Management of Organisations
Gender and Community Development
Environment and Community Development
Social Psychology
Research Methods
Community Development Planning
Sociology of Rural and Urban Development
Internship I
Monitoring and Evaluation of community projects
Christian Response to contemporary Social Issues
Human Resource Management
Financial Management
Logic and Critical thinking
The Church and Community Development
Human Rights
Health and Community Development
Rural Development and Agricultural Extension
Decentralization and Local Gov’t administration
Project Planning and management
Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Internship II