Department of Politics and Public Management

Ms Florence Mutasa

Chairperson : Politics and Public Management


Vision

To be a unique and pacesetting political and management studies department that produces innovative and high calibre graduates equipped with quality information on politics, new public management, and peace paradigms.

Background

 The department offers undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, namely, Bachelor of Social Sciences in Politics and Public Management Honours Degree and Master of Science in International Affairs respectively. The Bachelor of Social Sciences in Politics and Public Management Honours Degree was introduced for the first time in Zimbabwe in January 2011 at the Midlands State University, with the Master of Science in International Affairs being transferred from the Department of History and Development Studies where it was introduced in January of 2010. The Bachelor of Social Science in Peace Studies being introduced for the first time in August 2014.

In the study of Politics, as with other disciplines in the Humanities, we are interested in learning about the best that has been thought, said and written about human beings living in political relationships. As the late philosopher Charles Frankel once said, it is through the politics that a society talks to itself about things that matter most.

To study Politics is to learn to argue and defend positions, to critically evaluate the nature of the evidence that people provide for what they believe to be true.  To study Politics is to learn to be an analytical thinker and critical in possession of the complex, higher order literacy capacities that are a requirement in every facet of a world that is increasing driven by the need to interact critically, thoughtfully and knowledgeably with large quantities of information.

To study Politics is to learn to reflect on the origins of human kind and the various processes that have shaped human beings’ political, economic and social behaviour. Politics is as Aristotle called it the “queen of the sciences” or that “politics is the Master Science.”

To study Politics is to learn the distribution of power in human beings’ interaction not only amongst themselves but with the environment around them weather natural or metaphysical. To study politics is to learn the dynamics of human interaction in which individuals and groups compete to achieve their goals. This requires us then to study conflict among competing interests and how these competing interests are compromised through competition and cooperation.

To study Politics is to learn to improve your knowledge, your research and analytical skills, and your ability to express your ideas orally and in writing.  The study of politics prepares one not only for employment, but for life, as an informed citizen ready to participate in political activities within interest groups or political parties; related to community organization and political advocacy; or even service as an elected or appointed official.

To study Politics is not to be trained to be a politician. Politics is categorically far more than the study of boring men in boring suits but  the study of power – the what, who, where, why and when of that phenomenon, event or behaviour. Thus to study Politics is to engage in revealing the relationships underlying political events and conditions, and from these revelations attempt to construct general principles about the way the world of politics works.

The Politics and Public Management Department at MSU is a high quality teaching and research environment. We welcome our students into an environment in which debate is encouraged and interaction between students and lecturers including those at the most senior levels is frequent and ongoing. The Department prides itself on being informal and friendly while at the same time being exceptionally demanding of our students to adhere to the rules and regulations. We believe that these dual aspects of our practice are what make us special in the higher education environment and help in achievement of good results.

The Department of Politics and Public Management 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 judgment around issues of politics in its various subfields, public management and peace issues. For Public management emphasis will be on the New Public Management approach that is shifting emphasis from the Traditional public Administration to New Public Management

The peace studies programme is interested in learning about the best that has been thought said and written about human beings in political and social relations. It illuminates on skills conflict management , conflict analysis, resolution, and transformation at personal,  interpersonal, intergroup, national, regional, continental, and  international level. As such peace studies envisage that;

To study peace is to learn to reflect and to learn processes that have shaped the history of mankind.

  • To study peace is to learn the power dynamics in human interaction
  • To study peace is to enrich oneself through research and analytical skills expressed orally and in written form.
  • To study peace is not only to prepare one for employment but for life and to be able to engage in peace processes from an informed position at all levels of interaction.

Objectives 

The politics and public management programme aims at producing innovative and high quality graduates equipped with qualities of information on politics and New Public Management paradigm. The programmes endeavours to develop students who are relevant to the career demands and challenges of governmental bodies either locally, regionally and internationally and to  equip students with theoretical, conceptual, ideological and practical skills necessary for the developing critical thinking and independent judgement around issues of politics and public management. The peace programme aims at producing innovative and high quality graduates equipped with quality information in Politics and peace paradigms. The program endeavours to develop students who are relevant to their career demands and challenges of governmental and international bodies. It seeks to equip students with theoretical, conceptual ideological and practical skills necessary for the development of critical thinking around issues of peace.

Mission Statement

  • Commitment to producing students who need to be aware of what is transpiring in the contemporary political and conflict environment so as to have an informed standpoint on persona, local, regional and international issues.
  • Commitment to cutting edge research on political, peace, and public management studies and international issues and to be trend setting in the training of future politicians, corporate managers, researchers, peace makers, responsible international citizens and internationalists.
  • Commitment to the full utilisation of Information Communication Technology in teaching and research.
  • Commitment to producing competent and well-informed players in the globalising and ever competitive knowledge economy.
  • Commitment to generation of new knowledge through research.

Going into The Future

The department looks forward to developing other subfield of politics which are critical in responding to the ever changing world. Specifically, the department envisage the coming up of the Master of Science of Science in Public Management and Leadership, Master of Peace and Security Studies, Honours in Global and Regional studies, among other relevant political science disciplines.

What Students Say About the Programmes in the Department

Studying PPM at MSU is the start of a lifelong journey were one learns how to understand the human mind and how human beings operate. Shammah Muneta. Level 2.1 Honours in Politics and Public Management

It is an insightful journey that sheds light on the past, present and the future of Zimbabwe, Southern Africa and the World. PPM creates Pan-African mentality that engenders feelings of pride and understanding as to how resilient that African people are. It makes me want to be a game changer in the political arena. Alinafe K. M. Seyani Level 2.1 Honours in Politics and Public Management

Studying PPM at MSU is high empowering platform giving room to a high level grilled intellectual mentality and competent intellectual capable of addressing concerns of society. Richard Boozai Level 2.1 Honours in Politics and Public Management

Studying PPM has been more than general academic exposure. It has inculcated, empowered and enriched my opinions and perspectives on what politics is. I now have a more integrated, advanced and more sighted understanding of society. Tomy Ncube Level 2.1 Honours in Politics and Public Management

Studying politics at Midlands State University has been wonderful and educative experience. In the time I have been at the institution I have learnt to the utmost fact that I should be able to predict events. Ebinezal Oscar Muchadenyika Level 2.1 Honours in Politics and Public Management

Studying PPM enlightens you in almost every aspect of life. Socially, politically and economically makes you know and understand human behaviour, what motivates and inspires it. It is the hallmark of enlightment. Tererai Chiriga Level 4.1 Honours in Politics and Public Management

Studying International Affairs at MSU is both an eye opening and scope widening endeavour, equipping one in understanding international system and juxtaposing events in the global system with the Zimbabwean experience.  Gorogodo Evans, Master of Science International Affairs,  Level 1 Semester 1

The International Affairs programme at MSU has been an eye opening experience that provides a deeper understanding and Appreciation of the dynamics in contemporary international politics. Maraire Fungai Promote, Master of Science International Affairs,  Level 1 Semester 1

A thought- provoking and objective programme that is designed to comprehend engagements in the international system. It is introducing a dynamic and new wave of political thinking that will definitely produce diplomats with a difference. Justice Makanza, Master of Science International Affairs,  Level 1 Semester 1

Studying International Affairs at Midlands State University is quite an insightful experience. The programme offers interesting and factual concepts that are fundamental in understanding the world order. The international Affairs programme is an eye opener as it captures contemporary issues vital in the comprehension of the global world. Cathrine Matemba, Master of Science International Affairs, Level 1 Semester 1

Studying HPS at MSU equips one’s intellectual capacity to conduct research in preparation for greater heights. Tafadzwa Chitifa level 2.1 .Honours in Peace Studies

Studying HPS at MSU builds the ability to know how to engage with the community. Crispen Tshuma level 2.1. Honours in Peace Studies

Research

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Contact Us

Midlands State University

Zvishavane Campus

Faculty of Social Science

Department of Politics and Public Management

Old Shabani Mine Offices

Box 100

Zvishavane

Zimbabwe