Master In Public Policy And Governance

About the Programme

This course in public policy, governance and civil society is designed to provide basic fundamentals of public policy analysis to practitioners working in civil society organizations, public service and the private sector. To face the challenges of the new millennium, Africa needs leaders who can inspire those they lead; work and learn collaboratively; transform mindsets; act with integrity; facilitate constructive dialogue, think strategically; and formulate and implement public policy with skill and resolve. Recognizing that public policy is best formed and implemented by informed leaders, the course seeks to enhance these leadership skills. The emphasis of the course is on how public policy may be viewed as a governance tool essential for political and institutional development. Why is this course necessary? Quite often there is inadequate attention to the problems and issues in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation and strategies that constantly challenge stakeholders to reach the ‘analytical level’ in public policy making process. In that context, this course will provide a conceptual understanding of the key issues and complexities related to processes of public policy planning and analysis. The course is designed to empower emerging leaders in civil society, private and public sector organizations in their roles as service providers, analysts and policy makers. An understanding of the structures and mechanisms of policy making will enhance the potential for civil society, public and private sector actors to be involved in the decision making processes and to view it with an informed analytical eye. Participants in the course will examine processes of public policy formulation and implementation from a public, private and civil society organizational perspective. Content coverage will focus on facilitating the creation of new knowledge and skills with a view to developing informed policy for effective implementation by public, private and civil society organizations. The course will also look at how civil society organizations can effectively influence policy change strategies that take into account policy making, organizational structures, political systems, leadership and cultural dynamics of society. The course is designed to integrate an understanding of theoretical concepts and their practical application in public, private and non-governmental contexts. Duration The duration of the programme shall be 18 months and the maximum period allowed for a student to complete the requirements for the award of the Master in Public Policy and Governance shall be in accordance with the University general regulations for graduate part-time programmes.

Year 1 Semester 1

6 courses (18 credit hours)

  1. PPG500 Introduction to Public Policy(3 credits)
  2. PPG501 Public Policy Analysis(3 credits)
  3. PPG502 Public Policy Research (3 credits)
  4. PPG503 Architecture of Governance in Africa(3 credits)
  5. PPG504 Environmental Policy and Peace Building(3 credits)
  6. PPG505 Leadership and Public Policy in Africa(3 credits)

Year 1 Semester 2

4 courses (12 credit hours)

For the purposes of specializations students are required to take four additional courses from any of the following areas:

Development Policy and Governance:
  1. PGP510 Foundations of Development Policy(3 credits)
  2. PGP511 Dynamics of Governance in Africa(3 credits)
  3. PGP513 Economic Analysis and Public Policy(3 credits)
  4. PGP514 Globalization and International Political Economic Policy(3 credits)
  5. PGP515 Local Governance and Policy Development(3 credits)
  6. PGP516 Health Policy and Health Care in Africa(3 credits)
Leadership and Policy Development:
  1. PLP511 Leadership: Theory and Practice(3 credits)
  2. PLP512 Transformational Leadership and Policy Making(3 credits)
  3. PLP513 Leadership and Emergency Management(3 credits)
  4. PLP514 Comparative Leadership and Policy Development(3 credits)
  5. PLP515 Citizen Engagement in Policy Development(3 credits)
Environmental Policy, Peace and Governance:
  1. PEP511 Peace, Conflict and Development(3 credits)
  2. PEP512 African Perspectives on Environmental Policy(3 credits)
  3. PEP513 Policy Impact on the Environment(3 credits)
  4. PEP514 Community Stewardship of the Environment(3 credits)
  5. PEP515 Ethics and Natural Resources Management(3 credits)

Year 1 Semester 1

Dissertation (6 credit hours)

Career and Job Opportunities

Researcher ,Academic ,NGOs - (FAO UNDP UNEP) ,Self-employment and Consultancy .