Introduction to Public and Local Government Administration and Management

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Public and Local Government Administration and Management

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes

    After completion of the module learners should be in a position to:Possess a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of public administration/management from its early days to the present
    Demonstrate an understanding of the role and scope of the activity of public administration or public management and in the context of the contemporary state
    Analyse the patterns of interaction between public administration at work, and other formal political institutions of the state and as well as other components of civil society
    Evaluate the role of public administration in the process of public policy-making
    Examine and evaluate the on-going changing role and scope of the state and it administration
    Understand and analyse the importance of the administration and/or management of public affairs and the role and functions of the public manager within this context

    Main Content

    Public Administration as a field of study
    Government functions and services
    Intergovernmental relations
    The relationship between governance and public management
    Policy implementation, impact and evaluation
    The role of and functions of the public manager
    An introduction to the composition and structure of the local sphere of government.
    The importance, role, functions, structures and process of the local sphere of government in South Africa

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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