List of first year courses

FOUN1301: LAW, ECONOMY, GOVERNANCE AND SOCIETY

This is a multi‐disciplinary course of the Faculty of Social Sciences, designed mainly for non‐Social Sciences students. This course will introduce students to some of the major institutions in Caribbean society with exposure to both the historical and contemporary aspects of Caribbean society, including Caribbean legal, political and economic systems. In addition, Caribbean culture and Caribbean social problems are discussed.

GOVT1000: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ANALYSIS

This course is required for all students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. It introduces students to the definition of politics and political science, to basic concepts in the discipline such as political culture, power, authority and to the key elements of the State in Anglo‐American Democracy, the former Soviet Union, the Third World and the Caribbean. Global and Regional issues which affect politics such as the debt problem are also discussed.

GOVT1001: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

The aim of this introductory course in Political Philosophy is to initiate a discussion on some basic concepts in political discourse, including justice, rights, ethics, political obligation, notions of the social contract, freedom, democracy, authority, power and the state. The approach is to examine the epistemological and ontological bases and historiography of Western political philosophy as well as to trace the historical debate, through a review of a selection of important Western philosophers, from the Greek city states, through the middle ages to the European Renaissance, and to conclude by looking at some of the major theoretical positions which emerged out of the revolutions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe and the European diaspora. The philosophical roots and expressions of racism, a main branch of modern western philosophy, which is ignored as such by mainstream scholars, will be included as a closeted stream of the modern west. The direction in which the debate will proceed throughout this course will be shaped and guided by a radical critique of Western political philosophy and its historiography by non‐European philosophers in the European colonial and former colonial empire as well as by European scholars critical of aspects of Western philosophy.

GOVT1006: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT

This is a core course for students registered in the Public Sector Management option and a pre‐requisite for all other courses in Public Sector Management. It introduces students to the basic concept of management within the context of the public sector and provides opportunities for demonstrating their practical application. The course will trace the historical evolution of the public bureaucracy and public management systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean and will discuss the political, economic and social context in which contemporary public management takes place. It will also examine the concept of government as a series of interactions among and between various groups in the polity.

GOVT1008: INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This course offers a kaleidoscopic overview of the subject matter of International Relations ‐ ideas and concepts, actors and policies and issues and trends. It incorporates the study of history, theory and current events in order to afford students basic knowledge about the world of states