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Social Structures in Uganda

  1. Introduction
  2. Institutions, social relationships and values underlying social action.
  3. Religious influence.
  4. Household and social change.  
  5. Community and formal and informal institutions.
  6. Social structure in traditional society. 
  7. Spatial dimensions of social phenomenon.
  8. Land tenure system and development.  Settlement and resettlement schemes. 
  9. Constraints to social change, their implications for development.



An examination of the ethical challenges posed to public administrators in the African context. The course includes a review of classical and contemporary literature on such topics as citizenship, virtue, obligation, divided loyalty, responsibility, the public interest, leadership, and public service. The first part of the course will cover the philosophical underpinnings of ethical reasoning as well as pragmatic techniques for ethical reflection at a personal and organizational level.

Sociology of Work and Industry

This course addresses critical issues of every day life in industrial settings, with particular emphasis on understanding the intra and inter-organizational relations in industry and their effect on production. It also addresses analysis of conceptual models in Sociology concerned with production, distribution, exchange and consumption; analysis of social relations in industrial settings; the effects of technology in work organizations; the structure of management and its influence on industrial relations.   

African Family Studies/Sociology of the Family

This course introduces concepts and methodologies for studying African families, Social change and family life, Livelihoods and intra-household economic relations, kinship marriage, reproduction, childcare and protection, and the youth. The impacts of epidemics and other types of disasters on families, including aging and family support are part of the focus of the course. Others include the role and influence of socio-economic and other policies on the African family.  Students will have to write an extended essay on a case study as part of the course.   

Management of Ethical and Human Rights’ Dilemmas

The course on the management of ethical and human rights dilemmas intends to help students to learn the skills and principles of managing ethical and human rights dilemmas. These are ethical dilemmas like; choosing between ethically unfavorable alternatives, and human right dilemmas like choosing between alternatives that are unfavorable to sound practice of human rights.   

Theories of Ethics

This course describes theories and principles of ethics.  The course concentrates on theories like; utilitarianism, rule based ethics, and virtue ethics. The course will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of these theories.   

Community Development

This course focuses on the concept of Community Development, especially the need for community development (community problems arising from underdevelopment, development process, general poverty, deprivation and inequity). In addition, theoretical explanations of existing community problems and response to community problems through basic services: education, health, agriculture, water and sanitation will be discussed.

Sociology of White Collar Crime

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a variety of topics and issues in the white-collar crime area. The course will examine types, causes and the measurement of white-collar crime. Specifically, this course will review the debate regarding the definition of white-collar crime, overview the costs of white-collar and corporate crime to society, consider competing theories to explain white-collar criminality and explore the use of criminal sanctions to deter the misconduct of corporations, including environmental crime.   

Gender and Crime

The purpose of this course is to examine the extent of female offending in this country as well as discuss its causes. We are also concerned with formal methods of controlling female offending. Because offending by women is often interrelated with victimization, we will also discuss female victimization patterns.   

Criminal Behavior and Social Control

This course examines crime, criminal behavior, and crime control from a sociological perspective. We will study the dominant sociological theories of criminal offending and learn how social forces and situations play a key role in crime and reactions to crime. We will closely examine violent crime and prevention efforts to reduce it. An important component of the course is to understand the way in which sociological theory and research can (and does) play a role in criminal justice and the prevention of criminal victimization.


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