Julius Nyerere School Of Social Sciences

Julius Nyerere School Of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Science Honours(BSc Hons) Degree in Politics and Public Administration



  • These regulations should be read in conjunction with the Faculty and General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degree Programmes, which have precedence over Departmental Regulations.
  • A student who has started a programme following one set of regulations will not be affected by regulations adopted subsequently unless agreed to in writing by the student.
  • The Senate has the authority to exempt a student from any of these regulations.

General Description of the Programme
The programme seeks to develop students who are relevant to the career demands and challenges of governmental and quasi-governmental bodies either locally, regionally and internationally, through teaching and research, by developing critical thinking and independent judgement around issues of politics, public management and corporate governance issues. The programme will enable graduates to be in a position to efficiently and effectively run the administration function of an organization. They would be able to apply theory into practice in any form of organization, be it private or public. Key elements in politics and administration includes various forms of decentralising management of public services, increasing use of markets and competition in the provision of public services and increasing emphasis on the performance, output and customer orientation.


  • The degree seeks to fill the existing gaps in the training and development of career public servants/ employees, who are relevant to the demands of governmental and quasi-governmental bodies for example central government, Local government, NGOs and International Organisations
  • The degree will create career opportunities in the area of Foreign Relations, Public Management (Central and Local Government Management), and International Organisations Management, National Politics, Academia, Consultancy, NGO Sector and Civil Society.
  • The program prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, provincial and national government and also in non profit sectors. It provides training in the public policy field since public management institutions are evolving, maturing and overlapping in services. The program therefore prepares students to excel even in turbulent macroeconomic environments.



The programme attempts to advise the following objectives:

  • To prepare students for graduate studies and or careers in public service, business, education or law.
  • To help students understand the changing political environment and prepare them to take responsibility in their community, nation and world at large.
  • To help students communicate clearly and think critically about the role of public organisations in a democratic society.
  • To allow students to gain a critical understanding of problems, challenges and dilemmas in contemporary public management.

Career Prospects


  • Administrative Officers
  • Public Service Commissioners
  • Public Service Inspector
  • Manager
  • Central Government Ministries
  • Local Authorities (Rural and Urban)
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • International Organisations
  • Consultancy Firms
  • National Political Parties
  • Academia
  • Trade Union Movement

Civil service Commission
University of Zimbabwe
University of Venda
Ministry of Local Government

Entry Requirements
Normal Entry

  • At least five (5) ‘O’ levels including English Language.
  • A minimum of two  (2) ‘A’ Level passes

Special Entry
A candidate who does not meet normal entry requirements may subject to the approval of the Senate be admitted to a programme on special grounds.

Mature Entry
Shall be obtained by applicants who have five (5) ‘O’ levels including English Language and have a demonstrable work experience during the last five years before the academic year in which admission is sought, and aged 25 years and above.  They may be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability for University education.

Structure of the Programme
The normal duration of the BSc Honours Degree in Public Administration shall be     four (4) years.

Degree Structure

  • The Degree follows a structure.
  • Each student will be required to take a minimum of forty-two (42) modules in accordance with the following breakdown:
  • At part one a student shall register for a minimum of fourteen (14) modules.
  • At part two a student shall register for a minimum of twelve (12) modules.
  • At part three a student shall register for two (2) double modules and is required to spend a minimum of 10 months on work related learning experience.
  • At Part  four  a student shall register for a minimum of  twelve (12) modules
  • A module shall be taught in at least thirty-six (36) contact hours a semester.
  • Not all optional modules may be on offer at any one given time.
  • New modules may be added from time to time.

Part I     Semester I

Core Modules

Code             Module Description     
HPML101        Introduction to Public Management
HPML102        Introduction to Political Science
BHS110          Introduction to Zimbabwean Cultures & Heritage
HCESDM101   Communication Skills
HHRM101       Human Resource Management
HPML104        Administrative Law
HIR101          Industrial Relations I

Part I   Semester II

Core Modules

Code            Module Description  
HPLM106        Public Sector Accounting
HPLM107        Economics I (Microeconomics)
HPLM108        Introduction to Development Studies
BAC101         African Philosophy & Thought
HPLM105        International Relations
HIR102          Industrial Relations II
HPML109        Public Policy and Analysis

Part II   Semester II

Core Modules

Code            Module Description    
HPLM201        Economics II (Macroeconomics)
HHRM208       Introduction to Information and Communication Technologies
HRSMP204     Research Methods & Statistics
HPLM205        Planning and development
HPLM212        Corruption and other pathologies of Government

Optional Modules

A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:
Code              Module Description 
HPLM204         The State, Democracy & Development in Africa
HPLM202         Planning Theory
HHRM206        Training and Development
HPLM 213        Diplomacy

Part II   Semester II

Core Modules

Code            Module Description 
HHRM203        Managing Change
HPLM208        Project Management
HPLM211        Regional Economic Development
HPLM 214       Social Development
HIR204          Labour Law

Optional Modules
A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:
Code             Module Description  
HPLM207        Political Institutions and Analysis
HPLM209        Management of Non-Profit Organisations
HPLM210        Regional and Local Government

Part III  


Core Modules

Code             Module Description
HPLM301        Work Related Learning Report

HPLM302        Continuous Work Related Learning Assessment

Part IV    Semester I

Core Modules

Code            Module Description  
HPLM412        Social Welfare Policy
HPLM401        Ethics and Public Management
HPLM404        Public Sector Finance
HPLM405        Leadership in the Public Sector
Optional Modules

A student may choose any two (2) modules from the following:
Code            Module Description 
HPLM403        Comparative Public Management
HPLM406        Entrepreneurship
HPLM416        Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power
HPLM417        International Administration
HPLM402        Public Private Partnership Management

Part IV     Semester II

Core Modules

Code            Module Description    
HPLM407        Comparative Local Government Systems
HPLM408        The Civil Service
HPLM411        E-Governance
HPLM418        Dissertation

Optional Modules

A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:
Code              Module Description  
HPLM 414        Public Taxation & Fiscal Policy
HPLM415         Public Budgeting Systems
HPLM410        Public Sector Corporate Governance



  • To be admitted to an examination a candidate must have been registered for that     module with the University and completed the coursework in accordance with the     General Academic Regulations.
  • Each module in the programme is assessed on the basis of a three (3) hour written examination and by course work undertaken during the period of   study.
  • The research project must be completed and submitted for examination by end of the     Semester (s) in which the module is taken. Usually the research project submission date will be announced by the Department before the start of the final examination.



Each taught course shall be given a percentage mark.  The weighting shall be:
Coursework    30%
Examination    70%

Determination of Results


  • To successfully complete a part a candidate must pass all the modules examined in the two semesters of that Part.
  • A candidate who fails one (1) or two (2) modules in Part I or Part II may be allowed to proceed to the next Part carrying the failed module(s).
  • A carried module may be repeated when next on offer.
  • A candidate who fails three (3) or more modules in Part I or Part II shall be deemed to have failed that Part and may be allowed to repeat the failed modules in that Part.
  • A candidate who fails one or two modules within the supplementable range in Part IV will be allowed to sit for a supplementary examination. A candidate who fails a supplementary examination within the supplementable range may be allowed to     repeat     the module when next on offer.
  • A candidate who fails a supplementary examination below the supplementable range may be asked to withdraw.
  • No candidate will be allowed to carry a Part I module to Part IV.
  • The results for each examination shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the General Academic Regulations.

Degree Classification

The final classification for the degree shall be calculated by averaging Part II, Part III and Part IV module marks.

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