POSTGRADUATE GOVERNANCE PROGRAM -  School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)



Postgraduate Governance Program

We live in an increasingly complex and rapidly-changing world but who governs it? Who gets to make public interest decisions and why? Who runs the country, the province, the city? By what rule and authority? Who wrote the rules? Who benefits from them? How is the power to make public decisions accumulated and exercised? And who speaks for those who are constituted, regulated and reorganized by decisions largely beyond their control?

The Postgraduate Governance Program addresses these questions from local, regional and international perspectives. It focuses on a critical understanding of the institutions both public and private, the structures, processes, values and assumptions that shape governance, rule and collective decision-making across changing local, national, and global political contexts.

The program is broadly inter-disciplinary in outlook and aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of the issues and challenges arising from the way people, places and societies in the Pacific are organized and governed.

 

Inquiries to:

Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie

Director of Governance Program

School of Government, Development and International Affairs

Email: paul.carnegie(at)usp.ac.fj

 

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN GOVERNANCE (PGDG)

Program

The Postgraduate Diploma in Governance program is intended for students who have recently completed their degrees and those who are already in the workforce. It is an ideal program for people in senior or middle-level management positions in government departments and statutory corporations as well as those employed by non-government organisations who feel they would benefit from an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges associated with ‘governance’.

Admission Requirements:

 

A full time candidate shall have a Bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a GPA of at least 3. Candidates with GPAs above 2.5 may be considered in exceptional cases. Factors relevant for such consideration may include professional experience and related training in judging equivalence.

Program Requirements:

Consists of FIVE courses.

Courses:

DG400; plus DG404 or DG406; plus one 400-level Governance course (DG403 is recommended but not required); plus two 400-level elective courses that may be in Governance or related fields, i.e. DG420; DG407; DG415; DG422; PL409; PL410; EC416; PL400; PL401

2017 Program

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

DG400 Advanced Research Methodology

DG400 Advanced Research Methodology

DG406 Theories of Governance

DG404 Ethics of Governance

DG403 Public Financial Management

DG420 Regionalism and Policy Development

 

Duration

·         One year on a Fulltime basis

·         Two years on a Part-time basis

Recommended Course Load

·         Fulltime: two courses per semester

·         Part-time: one course per semester

PLEASE NOTE you can only register for 2 courses per semester Fulltime and 1 course Part-time

Teaching delivery:

Classes are held once a week in the evening (5-7.30). The class typically comprises a lecture and interactive discussion.

Assessment

Typically a combination of participation, essays and an examination in each course

Fee Cost (FOR CITIZENS OF USP MEMBER COUNTRIES)

·         $1,225 per course (indicative 2017)

·         Total Program Fee: $6, 125

 

MA IN GOVERNANCE (MAGOV)

 

Program and Admission Requirements

The Master’s program in Governance may be completed in three ways, subject to approval:

(1)   MA thesis (DG700, thesis only), an option reserved for applicants fitting two circumstances: they have completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of the South Pacific with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in courses at the 200 and 300 level; or they are students of the Postgraduate Diploma who have completed DG400, DG404 or DG406, and one additional 400-level course in Governance with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

                                            

(2)   Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Governance (PGDG), Students successfully complete TWO additional postgraduate courses in Governance, or another approved field, plus a Supervised Research Project (DG600).

 

(3)   The MA in Governance by Coursework consists of NINE courses. Following successful completion of the PGDG students must complete FOUR additional courses: one 400-level course in Governance (must be DG403 if not taken before); PL400 or PL402; plus TWO ELECTIVE 400-level courses in Governance or related fields, (i.e. DG407; DG415; DG417; DG422; PL409; PL410; EC416; EV414; MS304 on approval by Program Director)

 

2017 Program

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

DG400 Advanced Research Methodologies

DG400 Advanced Research Methodologies

DG406 Theories of Governance

DG404 Ethics of Governance

DG403 Public Financial Management

DG420 Regionalism and Policy Development

DG600 Supervised Research Project

DG600 Supervised Research Project

Duration

·         Two years on a Fulltime basis

·         Four years on a Part-time basis

Recommended Course Load

·         Fulltime: two courses per semester

·         Part-time: one course per semester

PLEASE NOTE you can only register for 2 courses per semester Fulltime and 1 course Part-time

Teaching delivery:

Classes are held once a week in the evening (5-7.30). The class typically comprises a lecture and interactive discussion.

Assessment

Typically a combination of participation, essays and an examination in each course

 

Fee Cost (FOR CITIZENS OF USP MEMBER COUNTRIES)

·         $1,225 per course (indicative -2017)

·         Total Program Fee: $11,025

 

 

Application Procedure


1.      Download USP Postgraduate application form from http://www.usp.ac.fj/fileadmin/files/academic/current_stud/student/Standard_SAS_Forms/SAS.3.32.01B_-_Application_for_Admission_-_Postgraduate_Programme.pdf

2.      Submit completed form to:

Research and Postgraduate Affairs

Faculty of Business & Economics

The University of the South Pacific

Laucala Campus, Private Mail Bag

Suva, FIJI

 

3.      After receiving an offer of admission to the program follow instructions to register for the relevant courses.

Contact Points

Ilima Finiasi

FBE Research and Postgraduate Affairs

Tel: 3231747

 ilima.finiasi(at)usp.ac.fj

 Prashila Narayan

School Secretary

School of Government, Development and International Affairs

Faculty of Business and Economics

Tel: 3232297

prashila.narayan(at)usp.ac.fj

 

Assoc. Prof. Paul J. Carnegie

Director of Governance Program

School of Government, Development and International Affairs

paul.carnegie(at)usp.ac.fj

Website

http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=846

 

 






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