UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (COSS)

department of political science and public administration

 

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration currently offers a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Before 2012, six (6) degree programs namely (1) BA in Political Science and Public Administration, (2) BA in Political Science and Language, (3) BA in Political Science and Sociology, (4) BA in Political Science and Philosophy, (5) BA in Political Science and Economics, (6) BA in History and Political Science were being offered by the department. In order to maintain consistency and quality, the department decided to run only one degree programme namely Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration.

 

Department of Political Science and Public Administration offer bachelor degree in Political Science, Public Administration and International Relations. The postgraduate degrees offered by the department are MA in Political Science, MA Public Administration, MA in International Relations, Master of Research and Public Policy, Master of Arts in Strategy and Peace Studies. Additionally there are PhD programmes in Political Science and Public Administration.

Career Opportunities

Courses in Political Science and Public Administration prepare students for a wide range of careers such as:

  • Public service, such as working for the central or local government
  • Human Resource Management
  • Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Research and Policy Analysis
  • Human Rights
  • International Organizations
  • Regional Integration Specialist
  • Administration of Private Non-Profit Organizations
  • Education/teacher/professor
  • Political Parties
  • Peace Making and Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • Journalism
  • Law enforcement
  • Politician
  • Political analyst
  • Speech writer

 

Admission Requirements

Two or more principal level passes in Arts subjects. For equivalent qualifications, an applicant should hold an appropriate Diploma, recognized by the UDSM Senate, of not less than Second class or Credit standing. General University admission requirements will also apply.

In both second and third years, students will be advised to choose areas of specialization in one of the three subject streams, that is, (i) Public Administration (ii) International Relations and (iii) Politics

Introduction to the department

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Dar es Salaam was established in 1965 to fulfill – among others – the following objectives: To provide education and advanced training, to conduct research in the areas of administration, international affairs and politics and to provide expert professional services to government, international and private organizations.

 

B.A. (Political Science and Public Administration)

Shaded totals represent the minimum required credits per semester from core courses. A student is free to choose one additional optional course where and as provided under a given semester, and not from elsewhere. Compulsory second-year Practical Training (AS 299) conducted for 8 weeks during the long vacation, i.e., outside the two classroom semesters, is not included in the total minimum/maximum count. In both second and third years, students will be advised to choose areas of specialization in one of the three subject streams, that is, (i) Public Administration (ii) International Relations and (iii) Politics. PS 399 (Dissertation) may be opted only upon approval by the Head of Department.

 

Code

Course title

Status

Credits

FIRST YEAR: Semester I

 

 

PS110:

Introduction to Political Science I

core

12

PS122

Political Thought I

core

12*

DS101

Development Perspectives I

core

8

AS102

Introduction to Social Science Research Methods I

core

12

PL111

Introduction to Critical Thinking and Argumentation

core

12

 

A student must choose only one course  from the following

 

 

PL100

Introduction to Philosophical Analysis

optional

12

HI103

Capitalism and Imperialism in World History

optional

12

EC116

Introductory Microeconomic Analysis I

optional

12

EC117

Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis I

optional

12

 

Total

 

68

FIRST YEAR: Semester II

 

 

PS114

Political Thought II

core

12*

PS113

Governments and Politics in Tanzania

core

12

PS111

Introduction to Political Science II

core

12

AS103

Introduction to Social Science Research Methods II

core

12

DS102

Development Perspectives II

core

8

CL106

Communication Skills for Arts and Social Sciences

core

12

 

 

 

68

SECOND YEAR: Semester I

 

 

Specialization I: Public Administration

 

 

PS220

Organization Theory

core

12

PS231

African Political Thought

core

12

PS232

Contemporary Politics in East Africa

core

12

PS233

Introduction to Public Policy

core

12

PS235

African Politics

core

12

 

A student may choose only one course  from the following

 

 

HI265

Neo-colonialism and Revolutionary Movements

optional

12

AS220

PanAfricanism Thought and Practice I

optional

12

AS217

Introduction to Computers

optional

12

SO261

Social Planning and Administration

optional

12

PL211

Theories of Social and Moral Philosophy

optional

12

SO253

Quantitative Research Methods

optional

12

Specialization II: International Relations

 

 

PS220

Organization Theory

core

12

PS222

International Relations I

core

12

PS232

Contemporary Politics in East Africa

core

12

PS233

Introduction to Public Policy

core

12

PS235

African Politics

core

12

 

 

 

60

 

A student may choose only one course  from the following

 

 

HI265

Neo-colonialism and Revolutionary Movements

core

12

AS220

PanAfricanism Thought and Practice I

core

12

AS217

Introduction to Computers

core

12

SO261

Social Planning and Administration

core

12

PL 211

Theories of Social and Moral Philosophy

core

12

SO253

Quantitative Research Methods

core

12

LL170

Advanced French I

core

12

 

 

 

 

Specialization III: Politics

 

 

PS220

Organization Theory

core

12

PS231

African Political Thought

core

12

PS233

Introduction to Public Policy

core

12

PS235

African Politics

core

12

PS222

International Relations I

core

12

 

 

 

60

 

A student may choose only one course from the following

 

 

HI265

Neo-colonialism and Revolutionary Movements

optional

12

AS220

PanAfricanism Thought and Practice I

optional

12

AS217

Introduction to Computers

optional

12

SO261

Social Planning and Administration

optional

12

PL 211

Theories of Social and Moral Philosophy

optional

12

SO253

Quantitative Research Methods

optional

12

 

 

 

 

SECONDYEAR: Semester II

 

 

Specialization I: Public Administration

 

 

PS236

Public Administration and Bureaucracies

core

12

PS225

Local Government

core

12

PS226

Legislature and Legislative Processes

core

12

PS227

International organizations

core

12

PS234

International Political Economy

core

12

 

 

 

60

 

A student may choose one course from the following

 

 

FN202

Introduction to Financial Management

optional

12

AS221

PanAfricanism: Thought and Practice II

optional

12

DS216

Social Services Delivery and Development

optional

12

HI 266

War and Warfare in World History

optional

12

DS211

Entrepreneurship, SMEs and development

optional

12

SO282

Qualitative Research Methods

optional

12

 

 

 

 

Specialization II: International Relations

 

 

PS223

International Relations II

core

12

PS224

Comparative Political Systems: Developing Areas

core

12

PS227

International Organizations

core

12

PS229

Basic Concepts in International Law

core

12

PS234

International Political Economy

core

12

 

 

 

60

 

A student may choose one course from the following

 

 

FN202

Introduction to Financial Management

optional

12

AS221

PanAfricanism: Thought and Practice II

optional

12

DS212

Globalization and Development

optional

12

HI 266

War and Warfare in World History

optional

12

SO282

Qualitative Research Methods

optional

12

LL  171

Advanced French II

optional

12

 

 

 

 

 

Specialization III: Politics

 

 

PS224

Comparative Political Systems: Developing Areas

core

12

PS226

Legislature and Legislative Processes

core

12

PS227

International Organizations

core

12

PS234

International Political Economy

core

12

PL212

Applied Philosophy and Development Ethics

core

12

 

 

 

60

 

A student may choose one course from the following

 

 

FN202

Introduction to Financial Management

optional

12

AS221

Pan Africanism: Thought and Practice II

optional

12

DS212

Globalization and Development

optional

12

HI 266

War and Warfare in World History

optional

12

SO282

Qualitative Research Methods

optional

12

AS299

Practical Training (during long vacation)

core

12

 

 

 

 

THIRD YEAR: Semester  I

 

 

Specialization I: Public Administration

 

 

PS332

Theory and Politics of Development

core

12

PS334

Human Rights: Theory and Practice

core

12

PS337

Civil Society and the State

core

12

PS361

Administrative Law

core

12

PS352

Public Human Resource Management

core

12*

 

 

 

60

 

A student may choose one course from the following

 

 

PS344

Study of Selected Issues

optional

12

EC370

Labour Economics and Human Resources

optional

12

 

 

 

 

Specialization II: International Relations

 

 

PS332

Theory and Politics of Development

core

12

PS333

The Politics of North-South Relations

core

12

PS345

Regional Integration

core

12

PS337

Civil Society and the State

core

12

PS350

African International Relations and Foreign Policy

core

12

 

 

 

60

 

A student  may choose one course from the following

 

 

PS344

Study of Selected Issues

optional

12

EC370

Labour Economics and Human Resources

optional

12

LL 270

Advanced French III

optional

12

Specialization III: Politics

 

 

PS332

Theory and Politics of Development

core

12

PS333

The Politics of North-South Relations

core

12

PS334

Human Rights: Theory and Practice

core

12

PS337

Civil Society and the State

core

12

PS361

Administrative Law

core

12

A student may choose one course from the following

PS344

Study of Selected Issues

optional

12

EC370

Labour Economics and Human Resources

optional

12

 

 

 

 

THIRD YEAR: Semester II

 

 

Specialization I: Public Administration

 

 

PS314

Public Finance Management

core

12*

PS335

Democracy: Theory and Practice

core

12

PS341

Public Administration in Tanzania

core

12

PS349

Organizational Management and Development

core

12

 

A student must select one or two courses from the following

 

 

PL311

Professional and Civic Ethics

optional

12

HR308

Industrial Relations and Labour Law

optional

12

PS399

Dissertation++

optional

24

 

Specialization II: International Relations

 

 

PS335

Democracy: Theory and Practice

core

12

PS342

Gender and Politics in Africa

core

12

PS346

Issues in International Law

core

12

PS347

Peace Making and Conflict Resolution

core

12

A student must select one or two courses from the following

PL311

Processional and Civic Ethics

optional

12

HR308

Industrial Relations and Labour Law

optional

12

LL276

Functional French I

optional

12

PS399

Dissertation++

optional

24

 

Minimum

 

60

Specialization III: Politics

 

 

PS335

Democracy: Theory and Practice

core

12

PS341

Public Administration in Tanzania

core

12

PS342

Gender and Politics in Africa

core

12

PS347

Peace Making and Conflict Resolution

core

12

A student must select one or two courses from the following

PL311

Processional and Civic Ethics

optional

12

HR308

Industrial Relations and Labour Law

optional

12

PS399

Dissertation++

optional

24

 

 

 

60

++A student who is invited to register PS 399 (Dissertation) which has 24 credits will have 72 credits. Total minimum number of (core) credits for B.A. (Political Science and Public Administration): 376.