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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology

Programmes

Public Policy and Management

About the Programme

The Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management is designed as a rigorous programme, which twins Public Policy, as a sub-field of Political Science and Management.  This interdisciplinary programme fosters students’ critical thinking skills to analyse the theoretical foundations of both Political Science (Public Policy) and Management.  This programme is structured so that during the first-year students are exposed to foundational and introductory courses.  In the second year, they will be provided with more in-depth tools for deeper critical analysis.  In the final year, students will be exposed to a blend of theoretical tools and practical courses.

A unique feature of this programme is that in the final semester, students will benefit from a practical component in the form of professional advancement workshops.  This course will consist of a series of training workshops grouped into four thematic strands: (1) technical writing for the public sector and business, (2) public financial management, (3) ethics (4) strategic leadership and governance.
 

What Will I Study?

The overall objectives of this programme are to:
  1. Establish the place of politics as a social science and to develop an understanding of the key concepts in political science.
  2. Conceptualise public policy as a distinct sub-field of political science and in so doing analyse the strengths and limitations of public policy analyses as they relate to the possibilities for the developing world.
  3. Evaluate key theories and concepts of management as a Social Science discipline and critique their relevance for the twenty-first century.
  4. Analyse complex management issues and problems, and develop appropriate solutions to address Caribbean management realities.
  5. Analyse the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) and E-government to advise on the negative and positive effects on society.
  6. Provide students with practical tools to enable them to operate effectively in Caribbean public sector environments.
  7. Generate interdisciplinary linkages between Public Policy and Management in order to foster best practices in the teaching of the social sciences. 
  8. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

Career Opportunities

A bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Management can lead to exciting careers in:
  • government
  • law
  • diplomacy
  • business
  • international organisations
  • nonprofit associations and organisations
  • campaign management and polling
  • journalism
  • electoral politics
  • research
  • university and college teaching

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BSc
  • Duration: 3 or 4 years

Contact


Programme Details

30 courses approved by the Faculty of Social Sciences must be taken

To view the course list in the faculty handbook, click here »

Entry Requirements and How to Apply
Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted All year. Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements and to Apply Now»

Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology
Telephone: (246) 417-4288/4293/4996 Fax:(246) 422-4425 Email: gss@cavehill.uwi.edu