Applicants may qualify if they have:
A Bachelor’s degree (NQF Level 7); or equivalent
Modules & credits
Total programme credits – 60 credits
PADM5243O – Governance, Leadership and Public Value (15 credits)
This course, through a study of contemporary understandings of state and society, aims to develop a deep understanding of how government institutions and agencies function, their relation to civil society and their location in local, national and regional social, economic and political contexts. It examines the characteristics of the public service sector, the complex challenges facing it, and the meaning and implications of governance, leadership and public value for the functioning of state and public institutions. Different models of governance and leadership are explored in relation to how states and societies structure authority, distribute economic, political and social resources, and create public value.
PADM5248O – Development (15 credits)
The course is built around themes in the development field. It reviews current conceptual debates on development and explores political economy notions of development; the state and markets and their role in and implications for policy and socio-economic development prospects, the role of local communities, global actors, private and non-governmental sectors, and the effects of processes of marketisation and deregulation to developing contexts. It also includes gender and development as well as environmental considerations, which are both crucial and indivisible aspects of development thinking, particularly in a decolonised South African context. The course highlights particular development management challenges and considers case studies where developmental programmes and agendas have contributed unevenly to socio-economic change in particular contexts. Overall, the course considers the complexities of development thinking and allows for reflection on the resulting implications for government policy.
PADM5253O – Public Finance and Performance Budgeting (15 credits)
This course is designed to offer an introduction to public economics for practitioners working in the public sector, and its relationship to performance-oriented management and budgeting. The course is designed to provide insight into all the financial elements of government policy decision-making, with a view to the incorporation of performance and results into the consideration and review of policy. This course adopts the view that performance-oriented policy requires that all aspects of the policy process must be rationally considered, implemented, reviewed and revised to contribute to the achievement of public value.
PADM5245O – Public Policy (15 credits)
This course will interrogate conceptual and theoretical frameworks of public policy; examine models of public policy making; offer a framework of public policy analysis; and explore policy contexts in South Africa, Africa, and globally. The course provides candidates with an understanding of the special challenges facing policy development and implementation, and how to overcome them. This will cover the technical skills and requirements for evaluating policy, managing vested interests, consultation, public relations, monitoring and evaluation, and the management of inter-departmental coordination and relations.
Fees are payable in advance of the start date for each module and must be received before the payment deadline in order for students to register successfully.
Fundamentals of Public and Development Management
PADM5243O Governance, Leadership and Public Value – R6 000
PADM5248O Development – R6 000
PADM5253O Public Finance and Performance Budgeting – R6 000
PADM5245O Public Policy – R6 000
Total – R24 000