University of South Africa, UNISA
3 Years Full Time / Full Time / Part Time
The purpose of this programme is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the causes and consequences of policy decisions; how public policy is formulated, implemented and analysed; how inputs into the policy-making process can be made; and how feedback to policy-makers is provided.

Type: undergraduate degree

Duration: 3 years part time

Compulsory Subjects

First year subjects:

  • Understanding the State

  • South Africa in International Politics

  • The nature, content and scope of public administration

  • English for academic purposes

Second year subjects:

  • Understanding political behaviour and participation

  • Politics and public policy

  • South African politics

  • Research in the social sciences

Third year subjects:

  • Democracy and other forms of regime

  • Political conflict and conflict resolution

  • Contemporary issues in politics: capita selecta

  • 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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