Director: Assoc. Prof. Virginia Tilley
NOTE: TERM I 2013 SPECIAL ADVISING SESSION
SATURDAY FEB 16th, 9 a.m. -12 noon
FBE S218 - top floor of FBE Building.
All new students are encouraged to come consult Prof. Tilley about your courses and Program plans. Experienced students also welcome!
Postgraduate studies in Governance at USP are concerned with understanding the many factors influencing how Pacific societies are governed, including the interplay of identity and culture with formal systems of governance, principles and ethics of citizenship and leadership, and relations between local, state and global governance. The orientation of Governance studies at USP is creative and critical analysis that will serve the best interests of Pacific societies.
Governance is an inter-disciplinary field of academic study, combining history, sociology, politics, law, public administration and development studies. Taking a broad view of Governance as organisation experienced by whole societies, the program encourages research into how culture, indigenous identities and legacies from colonial histories interact with challenges of governance in modern Pacific nation-states. Students are encouraged to develop research agendas that address pragmatic solutions to challenges of governance in the Pacific. In recent years, the Governance program has shifted to consider questions regarding sectors of vital interest to Pacific societies, such as global governance of climate change and the government's role in tourism development.
The Governance Program at USP began in 2003 as an integral component of the Pacific Institute for Advanced Studies in Governance and Development. In 2007 it moved into the new School of Government, Development and International Affairs. Reflecting this legacy, postgraduate courses in Governance are aligned with SGDIA courses in Development Studies.
The Governance Program offers a Certificate, Diploma, MA and PhD degrees. Courses combine training in academic theory and methods with practical training suitable to professionals working in public affairs and in civil society organisations concerned with public governance.
Download WORKSHEETS on requirements for postgraduate degrees in Governance:
Click here to see the full list of courses in Governance (and Development): postgraduate courses are numbered 400 and above.
Click here for the Archive of USP papers on Governance.