WELCOME AND BACKGROUND

The Department of Political Science was only established in August 2014, it may be said to have a long history at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies. In the 1960s when there was only a Division rather than a Faculty of Social Sciences, there was a Government Unit. When the Faculty was created the Department of Government was established and that Department operated until 1996 when it was merged with the Department of Sociology to form a new Department of Behavioural Sciences. For the next 19 years, new sub-disciplines in Behavioural Sciences were added to the Department. Thus, after 15 years, the Department now comprised six “units”, namely Government, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Mediation and Criminology. Moreover, with Government embarking on developing its own sub disciplines, the Government Unit sought and was given its autonomy once more, under the banner of the Department of Political Science.

In 2003 there was further expansion with the start of a new undergraduate degree programme, namely the B.Sc. Public Sector Management. This was followed four years later with the introduction of the B.Sc. International Relations. Minors in these sub-disciplines were also launched. It may also be instructive to note that all the programmes were offered twice, i.e. a full-time (day) programme and an Evening programme.

The B.Sc. Governance and Local Government was developed and offered in 2013. In that same year the Department started offering the Certificate in Public Administration through the South Initiative - this is where all the courses in a programme are offered in San Fernando, meaning that these students are no longer required to attend any classes at the main Campus here in St. Augustine. In furthering offerings via the South Initiative, as of January 2015, another programme, the B.Sc. Public Sector Management has been offered. 

 

MISSION/VISION

“To assist the University in fulfilling its larger mission” to propel the economic, social, political and cultural development of the West Indian Society through teaching, research, innovation, advisory and community services and intellectual leadership.”

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To continue to offer multiple sections of quality courses to contribute to the overall mission of the University to provide an education for our students.
  • To facilitate the comprehensive attainment of knowledge in different disciplines in Politics and Government. The Department will provide students with a foundation and the tools for life-long learning as participants in political processes.
  • To continue to offer students in all the sub-disciplines a curriculum that reflects the current standards of the discipline, as well as to prepare them for the workplace. To that end students will develop a capacity for analysis based on research and critical thinking and writing proficiency.
  • To increase the use of technology in instruction particularly through the use of computers for data analysis and the use of the Internet for data sources and other information resources including published articles, monographs, and public documents.
  • To maintain our strong intern program and increase intern opportunities as much as possible to provide this educational experience available for an increasing number of students.
  • To maintain efficient staff and provide training and development to increase their capacity to perform their duties.
  • To continue to support the research agendas of faculty members to encourage professional visibility through delivering papers at professional conferences and through publication.

 

Department of Political Science

Courses Offered

SEMESTER 1 2016/2017

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

PRE-REQUISITE

GOVT 1000

Introduction to Political Institutions & Analysis

None

GOVT 1006

Introduction to Public Administration

None

GOVT 1009

Ethics, Integrity and Corruption

None

GOVT 2011

Criminal Justice Systems

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 AND SOCI 1002 or SOCI 1000

GOVT 2019

Comparative Politics

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2051

Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in the Public Sector

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 AND GOVT 1005

GOVT 2053

Introduction to Public Information Systems

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2060

International Relations: Theories and Approaches

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2063

Cyber Politics

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2070

Anti-Corruption Strategies in Developing Countries

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 AND GOVT 1006

GOVT 2071

Organizational Behaviour

None

GOVT 3004

Scope and Methods in Political Analysis

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3019

Latin American Politics & Development

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3021

Public Policy Analysis

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001, AND GOVT 1006 AND GOVT 1005

GOVT 3023

Administrative Law I

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3037

Public Administration

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 AND GOVT 1006

GOVT 3046

International Organization

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

PRE-REQUISITE

GOVT 3052

Contemporary Issues in International Relations

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3053

Introduction to International Politics

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3055

Theory and Practices of International Negotiations

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3066

International Law and Development

GOVT 2060

GOVT 3122

Public Sector Management

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 4004

Administrative Law I (Diploma)

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 4014

Business and Society in the Caribbean

None

GOVT 0401

Organisational Theory and Behaviour I

None

GOVT 0413

Human Resource Management

None

Post Graduate Courses

Semester 1

2016/2017

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

PROGRAMMEM.Sc GOVT/PSMA

GOVT 6002

Methods of Political Research

GOVT & PSMA

GOVT 6003

Political Sociology I

GOVT

GOVT 6076

Public Administration I

GOVT

GOVT 6081

Caribbean Politics I

GOVT

GOVT 6090

Contemporary International Politics I

GOVT

GOVT 6102

Public Policy

GOVT

PSMA 6000

Management Information Systems (SLM)

PSMA

PSMA 6001

Human Resource Management

PSMA

PSMA 6003

Comparative Practices and Developments in Public Sector Management

PSMA

PSMA 6104

Accounting Budgeting and Financial Management

PSMA

Department of Political Science

Courses Offered

SEMESTER 2

2016/2017

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

PRE-REQUISITE

GOVT 1001

Introduction to Political Philosophy

None

GOVT 1005

Introduction to Public Policy Analysis

None

GOVT 1007

Issues in Caribbean Public Administration

None.

Co-requisites: GOVT 1006

GOVT 2015

Modern Political Thought

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2023

Issues in Government & Politics of the West Indies

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2034

Public Sector Human Resource Management

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 AND GOVT 1005

GOVT 2030

Project Administration

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 AND GOVT 1005

GOVT 2034

Public Sector Human Resource Management

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 AND GOVT 1005

GOVT 2053

Introduction to Public Information Systems

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2061 (2047)

Principles of Public International Law

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2049

International Political Economy

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2052

Public Sector Accounting

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2054

Introduction to E-Government

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 2062

International Security

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3003

Foreign Policy Analysis

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3004

Scope and Methods in Political Analysis

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3047

International Financial Organizations

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

GOVT 3035

Comparative Public Policy

GOVT1000 or GOVT 1001 AND GOVT1005 AND GOVT 1006

GOVT 3054

Introduction to International Relations in the Caribbean

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

PRE-REQUISITE

GOVT 3065

Religion and World Politics

GOVT 1000 and GOVT 2060

GOVT 3067

CSME: International and External Relations

GOVT 1000 or GOVT 1001 and ECON 1001 or ECON 1002

GOVT 3118

Policy Analysis & Evaluation

GOVT 1000 and GOVT 1005

GOVT 0401

Organisational Theory and Behaviour I

None

GOVT 0402

Organisational Theory and Behavioural II

None

GOVT 0412

A Study of Industrial Relations

None

Post Graduate Courses

Semester 2 – 2016/2017

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

PROGRAMME M.Sc GOVT/PSMA

GOVT 6004

Political Sociology II

GOVT

GOVT 6005

Political Theory

GOVT

GOVT 6082

Caribbean Politics II

GOVT

GOVT 6017

Public Administration II

GOVT

PSMA 6000

Management Information Systems (PSM)

PSMA

PSMA 6004

Political Analysis and Management

PSMA

MGMT 6103

Organizational Behaviour and Development

PSMA

MGMT 6105

Enhancing Leadership and Team Effectiveness

PSMA