Julius Nyerere School Of Social Sciences

Julius Nyerere School Of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons) Degree in Local Governance Studies

Preamble

  • These regulations should be read in conjunction with the Faculty Regulations and General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degree Programmes which have precedence over Departmental Regulations.
  • The student who has started a programme following one set of regulations will not be affected by regulations adopted subsequently unless agreed to in writing by the student.
  • The Senate has the authority to exempt a student from any of these regulations.

General Description of the Programme

As people become more politically active, they need to know how government works.  Most people seek to make an impact at the national level and local level.  Prior to attempting to influence local government systems, it is necessary to understand how local government operate and the statutes which guide them, local government structures and how they compare to other governing styles as well as how local governments can generate their funds for their operations.  These issues are the focus of this programme.

Rationale

There are ninety five (95) local authorities in Zimbabwe and only one University is offering the programme. These local authorities are experiencing problems of governance and administration. Due to the demand in this programme, there is need for Great Zimbabwe University to introduce Local Governance so that students, practitioners, like councillors and local administrators understand local government administration, elections, local government financing, socio-economic transformation, traditional authorities, local government functions and supervision of local government operations so that there is efficiency and effective management of local authorities.

Objectives

        The programme attempts to achieve the following objectives:-

•    To enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of local authorities.

•    To foster stakeholder participation in the governance of local authorities.

•    To capacitate institutions in local governance with the theoretical and practical understanding of local governance system.

Career Prospects

 Local Government Practitioners, Disaster Management Project Officers, GIS and Remote Sensing Practitioners, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Policy Development Practitioners, Environmental Management Officers, Research Officers

Consultations

 Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Department of Physical Planning
University of Venda
North West University – Department of Local Governance
UNISA – Department of Development Studies
Midlands State University – Department of Local Governance

Entry Requirements

Normal Entry

  • At least five (5) ‘O’ level passes with Grade C or better including English Language.
  • At least two  (2) ‘A’ Level passes

Special Entry

A candidate who does not meet normal entry requirements may subject to the approval of the Senate be admitted to a programme on special grounds.
Mature Entry
Shall be obtained by applicants who have five (5) ‘O’ levels including English Language and have a demonstrable work experience during the last five years before the academic year in which admission is sought, and aged 25 years and above.  They may be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability for University education.

Structure of the Programme

 Duration

The normal duration of the BSc Honours Degree in Local Governance Studies shall be four (4) years.

Degree Structure

The Degree follows a 1.1.1.1 structure.

Each student will be required to take a minimum of forty-two (42) modules in accordance with the following breakdown:

•    At part one a student shall register for a minimum of fourteen (14) modules.

•    At part two a student shall register for at least 12 modules.

•    At part three a student shall register for two (2) double modules and is required to spend a minimum of 10 months on work related learning experience.

•    At Part four a student shall register for a minimum of twelve (12) modules.

•    A module shall be taught in at least thirty-six (36) contact hours a semester.

•    Not all optional modules may be on offer at any one given time.

•    New modules may be added from time to time.
Part I Semester I

Core Modules

Code                       Module Description     
HLGS101                  Introduction to Public Administration
HCESDM101             Communication Skills
HLGS102                  Principles of Local Government Administration
HLGS103                  Principles of Economics
HLGS104                  Gender and Local Governance
BHS110                    Introduction to Zimbabwean Cultures and Heritage
HLGS106                  Traditional leadership Systems and Local Governance
Part I Semester II

Core Modules

Code            Module Description
BAC 101        African Philosophy and Thought
HLGS107        Public Sector Accounting
HLGS109        Local Governance and Development
HLGS111        Democracy and Human Rights
HLGS112        Environmental Health
HLGS113        Introduction to Rural and Urban Development
HUPD108        Development Theory

Part II Semester I

Core Modules

Code              Module Description      
HLGS201        Comparative Local Governance Systems
HLGS202        Rural and Urban Structures and Policy
HLGS203        Project Planning and Development
HLGS205        Local Governance Legislations
HRMSP205      Research Methods and Statistics

Optional Modules

A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:
Code            Module Description   
HLGS206        Principles of Public Relations

Part II Semester II

Core Modules

Code             Module Description
HLGS207        Local Government Finance
HLGS208        Civic Society and Local Governance
HLGS209        Public Policy Analysis
HLGS210        Spatial Analysis

Optional Modules

A student may choose any two (2) modules from the following:
Code             Module Description
HLGS211        Human Resources Management
HLGS204        Public Sector Auditing
HLGS212        Local Governance and Land Management
HLGS213        Participatory Planning and Administration

Part III

Core Modules

Code             Module Description   
HLGS301        Work Related Learning Report
HLGS302        Continuous Work Related Learning Assessment

Part IV Semester I

Core Modules

Code            Module Description   
HLGS401        Administration Law
HLGS402        Local Economic Development
HLGS403        Disaster Management
HLGS404        Public Sector Corporate Governance
HLGS406        Local Government Institutions

Optional Modules

A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:

Code              Module Description  
HLGS405        Human Rights and Culture
HLGS407        Strategic Management

Part IV Semester II

Core Modules

Code             Module Description   
HLGS408        Local Governance Ethics
HLGS409        Recreation and Amenities
HLGS410        Housing and Governance
HLGS411        Development Planning and Administration
HLGS412        Research Project

Optional Modules

A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:
Code             Module Description
HLGS413        Politics and Governance
HLGS414        Contemporary Issues in Local Governance

Assessment

To be admitted to an examination a candidate must have been registered for that module with the University and completed the module work in accordance with the
General Academic Regulations.

 Each module in the programme is assessed on the basis of a three (3) hour written examination and by module work undertaken during the period of study.

  • The Research Project must be completed and submitted for examination by end of the semester in which the module is taken.  Usually the Research Project submission date will be announced by the Department before the start of the final examinations.

Weighting

 Each taught module shall be given a percentage mark.  The weighting shall be:
Module work    30%
Examination    70%

Determination of Results

 To successfully complete a part a candidate must pass all the modules examined in the two semesters of that Part.

A candidate who fails one (1) or two (2) modules in Part I or Part II may be allowed to proceed to the next Part carrying the failed module(s).

A carried module may be repeated when next on offer.

A candidate who fails three (3) or more modules in Part I or Part II shall be deemed to have failed that Part and may be allowed to repeat the failed modules in that Part.

A candidate who fails one or two modules within the supplementable range in Part 1V will be allowed to sit for a supplementary examination.  A candidate who fails a supplementary examination within the supplementable range may be allowed to repeat the module when next on offer.

A candidate who fails a supplementary examination below the supplementable range may be asked to withdraw.

No candidate will be allowed to carry a Part I module to Part 1V.

The results for each examination shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the General Academic Regulations.

Degree Classification

The final classification for the degree shall be calculated by averaging Part II, Part III and Part 1V module marks.

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