Department of Government, Sociology & Social Work
Graduate Programmes: MSc E-Governance in Developing States

Introduction
The MSc e-Governance in Developing States degree programme is about the use of information and communication technology (ICTs) to better deliver services and democracy. The programme also seeks to analyse and describe the linkages between government, the business world and civil society and their use of the internet and other digital devices to facilitate effective decision making. The programme will fundamentally examine the very nature of the transformative changes occurring in public life and how they are redefined, managed and negotiated for citizens and the way they live, communicate and work. The MSc in eGovernance in Developing States will present the historical, institutional, legal, organizational, functional, policy, and theoretical background that are critical for assisting in the preparation and career-readiness of public administration scholars and practitioners of information and communication technologies (ICTS).

Objectives
Core questions to be addressed by this programme will include inter alia: what government functions and practices are changed by e-Governance initiatives; what are the socio-political implications of e-Governance; how are e-Governance initiatives designed and evaluated; how are public administrators challenged by such initiatives; and what are the consequences for the relationships between public and private institutions as well as citizens. The programme also has as its objectives: an examination of the evolution of information policy in the Caribbean and other developing states such as, India, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore; a look at industrial countries such as North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia and the search for best practice.

Entry Requirements
To qualify for entry applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class honours or equivalent. Non-degreed applicants with substantial experience in middle to senior executive managerial capacity would be considered, but would be required to audit the undergraduate courses GOVT 2057 and GOVT 3058: e-Governance for Small Island Developing States I and II.

Duration
The programme can be completed in 15 months of full-time study or 21 months of part-time study.

Programme Structure/Course of Study
Students are required to gain 39 credits through successful completion of 4 compulsory and 4 elective courses (3 credits each); a practicum (6 credits); and a research paper (9 credits). The practicum and research paper are undertaken after completion of the taught courses.

 

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Duration: 15 months (consisting of 3 semesters) if full time,
                 21 months (consisting of 6 semesters) if part time
Special Notes: there is an internship that takes place after the successful completion of the taught courses.
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