School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)

SGDIA



Undergraduate Studies in Politics and International Affairs (BA program)

Program Director: Assoc. Professor Sandra Tarte


Why study politics and international affairs?

Politics and International Affairs are fascinating and important subjects to study because they have a huge impact on peoples everyday lives. Studying politics and international affairs involves looking at the nature of power, who exercises it, and in whose interests.  It involves learning about how states, regions and the international system operate, and about competition and conflict, cooperation and compromise.

The Politics and International Affairs Program is the place for you if you want to understand more about the way in which individuals, groups and states pursue their visions, values and interests, and the effect that this has had on national, regional and global well-being and stability.

What jobs does it prepare me for?

There are numerous fields you could work in with a BA in Politics and International Affairs. Some of those are: Diplomacy, Civil Service, Journalism, Politics, Advocacy, Policy, Consultancy, Advice/Analysis, Teaching, Research, Public Relations, Mediation and Peace-Building, History, Public Administration, Communications, Sustainable Development.

What Courses Could I do?

This undergraduate program introduces students to the contemporary politics of the Pacific region. Courses consider a wide range of topics, from systems of Pacific governance to the role of regional and global institutions, such as the Pacific Islands Forum and the United Nations in the Pacific. Special topics in this field include democracy and governance, the politics of development, human rights, climate change, security, gender, and other subjects of particular concern to the Pacific region.

Below are the courses that you can take as part of the program:

  PL100   Politics and Government

  PL101   Politics of Development

  PL200   Pacific in a Changing World Order

  PL201   International Politics

  PL202   Political Ideologies

  PL203   Governance and Development in the Pacific

  PL300   Parties, Electoral Politics and Democracy

  PL302   International Politics of the Asia Pacific

  PL305   Politics of Human Rights

  PL307   Political Leadership  

How do I get into the programme?

We welcome students from ALL backgrounds. You need not have studied Politics before you get into the programme. However you will need at least one of the following to get into USP:

  Pass your Form 7 school leaving exams with the minimum mark required by USP, OR

  Complete USPs foundation programme, OR

  Get admitted into the degree programme as a mature age student (23+ years)

What degree pathways can I take?

You can undertake a Politics major (double or single) or minor as part of your Bachelor of Arts, BA/Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce degree.

How do I find out more?

Contact:

School of Government, Development and International Affairs

Faculty of Business and Economics

Prashila Narayan aka (Shila) 3232382

Email: narayan_p(at)usp.ac.fj

 

Web Address; http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=7315


Download the Undergraduate Admission Application Form

For further information on undergraduate study at USP, see the USP Handbook, available on the USP Home Page.


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