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 for both 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 FOUR courses.

Courses:

DG400, DG404 plus two 400 level Governance related courses chosen from the following: DG403, DG406, DG407 and DG411

Duration

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

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

                              

Contact Points

Mr. Ilima Finiasi

FBE
Research and Postgraduate Affairs
Tel: 3231747
ilima.finiasi(at)usp.ac.fj

Ms. 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

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 have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma 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 EIGHT courses. Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, 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.

2018 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

DG411 Governance and Government in the South Pacific

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 TWO (2) courses Fulltime and ONE (1) course Part-time per semester.

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.

                              

Contact Points

Mr. Ilima Finiasi
FBE Research and Postgraduate Affairs
Tel: 3231747
ilima.finiasi(at)usp.ac.fj

Ms. 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






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