States and Governments

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Nation, State and Philosophy

The family and the assumed inequality of sexes, historical function of ethnic groups. The concept and moulding of a nation; monolithic and heterogeneous nations. The sacred symbols and characteristics of the Uganda nation.

The Building of the Uganda Nation

Development and background to the present situation; the philosophy guiding the building of the Uganda nation, the dangers of parochialism and chauvinism to a nation.

The State and Its Philosophy

The concept of a state; the characteristics and components of a state; functions of a state; executive powers of a state and its control; review of types of states: slave, feudal, capitalist, socialist, and communist. Review of various types of government: monarchy (hereditary and constitutional), republic, single and multiparty, military, federal and unitary; present situation in Uganda.


The concept of democracy; historical development and practice of democracy in the following societies - primitive, slave and feudal; capitalist, socialist; application to present situation in Uganda.


Concept of leadership: African traditional concept of leadership; characteristics of good leadership.

Uganda's Struggle for Freedom and Independence Since 1900

Resistance to the establishment of colonial rule; the 1900 Agreement; colonialism and colonial rule; non-political forms of resistance, formation of political parties and their activities.

The First Eight Years of Independence

Economic and social development. Reasons for the constitutional changes of 1966-67; the republican constitution.

Amin's Regime

Background to the coup; the 18 reasons (points; honeymoon; fall-out with Israel; expulsion of Asians; territorial claims; Fascist suppression; exile resistance; invasion of the Kagera salient; the Moshi Conference; the role of Dr. Obote, Dr. Nyerere and Tanzanians in the resistance and defeat of Amin's regime.

The UNLF Government

The 68 days of Lule, the Binaisa Government, the Military Commission and the fall of Binaisa; the resumption of political activities; from general elections (December 1980) to present.

Parliamentary Democracy in Uganda

Concept and purpose; how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament; role and responsibilities of the ruling and opposition parliamentary parties; election procedures.

One-Party System

Concept causes and justifications; review of some of the one-party systems: PAIGC; CCM - the Tanzania case; KANU - the Kenyan case.

Education and Nation Building

Meaning of education; formal and informal education; aims of education and African traditional education.

Education and the Present Situation in Uganda

Costs of Education; role and contribution to national rehabilitation and development.

Education and Use of Leisure

Concept of leisure; leisure in traditional African societies; leisure in capitalist and socialist societies; present situation in Uganda.