University of South Africa, UNISA
Full Time / Part Time
This specialised degree is aimed at students working in or planning a career in local, provincial or national government that deal with development issues such as education, social welfare and basic service delivery. It is a versatile, multidisciplinary programme that combines development studies, public administration and political science, ensuring that students are familiar with the broad workings of government and administration, as well as major development challenges and solutions.

Type: undergraduate degree

Duration: 3 years part time

Compulsory Subjects

First year subjects:

  • The nature, content and scope of public administration

  • Introduction to development studies

  • Politics as social activity

  • Understanding the State

  • English for academic purposes

Second year subjects:

  • Projects and programmes as instruments of development

  • Community development and the basic needs approach

  • Understanding political behaviour and participation

  • Foundations of public administration

Third year subjects:

  • Public policy

  • Public financial administration and management

  • Ethics in public administration and administrative justice

Careers: development practitioner, development planner, public administrator, public official, parliament member.



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