Human Security & Development (Online | Abroad)

Examine Uganda’s prioritization of human security, a fundamental element in the planning and execution of development initiatives.

At a Glance


3 (+3)


None, but online component is required to enroll in the J-Term.

Courses taught in



Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

In-Country J-Term (optional)

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Online, Kampala, Uganda

Critical Global Issue of Study

Development & Inequality

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term.

The central debate throughout this program will be whether neo-liberal development paradigms should take precedence over human-centered security and sustainable development approaches. During this course, you will engage with practitioners in a variety of fields to learn how the Sustainable Development Goals are embedded in different development sectors. Your online coursework will help you develop foundational knowledge of human security issues and how these connect to other fields, including health, development, education, and environment.

In Uganda, you will spend two days with Uganda’s National Planning Authority practicing how to design policies for a variety of sectors focused on human security frameworks such as food and nutrition security, health security, environment, and human and community development. You will also learn how to carry out environmental and social impact assessments and anticipatory planning for environmental disasters, epidemics, and civil unrest. Other human security issues you will discuss include political security, enjoyment of rights, as well as personal security free from any forms of violence. Organized around three modules, the course will focus on how human development indices are considered to measure the well-being of people, using Uganda as a case study. Your course will also include relevant site visits and community activities.


  • Develop foundational knowledge of human security and how it impacts other sectors.
  • Apply theory to practice as you design development projects with Uganda’s National Planning Authority. (J-term)
  • Visit human development project sites and learn about USAID funded projects at the U.S. Embassy (J-term)
  • Go on safari to Murchison’s National Park to see the big five. (J-term)


Students are required to complete summer online portion of this program before proceeding to the J-term.

Program Terms

Online Term Details

The course will commence online with introductory coverage of Uganda’s history and discussion sessions on competing theories, concepts and debates on human security. You will study different sectors, including health, environment, education, agriculture and the salient role they play in human security. You will also have the chance to go on virtual visits to community development sites to learn how human security is embedded in development projects. Your sessions will be augmented with readings deliberately selected to cover this broad range of intellectual debates and contradictions within human security.

In Country (J-term) Details

In Uganda, the nexus between development and human security will be contextualized with a special focus on how global processes have shaped it. The brief coverage of the right to development popularized by Amartya Sen will be covered within the different human and community development frameworks. You will have site visits and excursions to a variety of people-centered development projects. At these sites, you will examine the evolution of concepts of human security and human development through multiple indicators. Development practitioners and professionals will join SIT faculty to direct this onsite course.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Explore gender-based issues and intersectionality through discussions, case-studies, and site visits.
  • Examine mental health management by visiting health facilities that focus specifically on psychological care.
  • Learn from those most impacted by conflict during site visits to development induced displacement and conflict management centers and refugee settlements.
  • Analyze state food security and health security through the Sustainable Development Goals framework.

Uganda: Human Security & Development Theory (Online)

Faculty & Staff

Uganda: Human Security & Development (Online | Abroad)

Charlotte Karungi Mafumbo, PhD
Hellen Lwemamu, MA

Discover the Possibilities


    The total cost for the online program is $960. The cost for the in-country term is $3,500, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.