Wits School of Governance is committed to improving governance and development in Africa. To achieve this it offers two linked and progressive qualifications in the field of security: a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters degree.
The PDM-S is a one-year programme aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of current security sector administrators and practitioners from across the continent, enabling them to advance their careers and contribute to good governance and effective development in their organisations and communities. It provides them with an opportunity to explore new ideas, expand their analytical and managerial skills, interact with leading academics and practitioners, and reflect on their values, goals and careers.
It is also aimed at graduates with some work experience who wish to embark on a career in the security sector, equipping them with the skills they need to become effective public administrators and security sector practitioners. Lastly, it is aimed at providing students who wish to proceed to the Masters programme with a solid foundation.
Content and Course Structure
PADM 5243 Governance, Leadership & Public Value
This course deals with contemporary conceptions of state and society. It seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of the government functioning and administration, government relations with the private sector and civil society, and government interaction within local, national and regional contexts. It examines the public sector and the complex challenges surrounding public administration, as well as the impact of different models of governance and leadership on the distribution of economic and other resources and creation of public value.
PADM 5247 Analytical Methods
The course covers the analysis and interpretation of secondary quantitative data on a variety of topics in the public sector. Students make decisions and communicate their strategies based on statistical methodology and appropriate graphics in MS Office and statistical software.
PADM 5249 Economics for Public Managers
This course introduces students to basic economic concepts and improves their understanding of the functioning of modern economies. Aspects include macroeconomics, including economic growth, unemployment, and inflation; microeconomics, including costs, production and consumption, and supply and demand; fiscal and monetary policy; the role of the state in economic management; and economic policy in South Africa since 1994.
PADM5254A Approaches to Security
This course introduces participants to key concepts in security and governance, such as human security and security sector approaches. It introduces concepts and paradigms of security and human security, in international and African contexts. Concepts of international relations and politics, conflict prevention, management and resolution, issues in peace studies and concepts of security and the security sector are examined. In addition, contemporary debates and development in the terrain of civil-military relations are explored, exposing participants to a range of perspectives on civil-military relations and the organisation of defence and civilian structures particularly in Africa.
PADM5255A International and Regional Security
This course explores the changing definition of security, and how security institutions respond to these changing understandings. It examines the principal security features in the global, regional and sub-regional contexts and considers the institutional and policy capacity at those levels to respond to such features.
PADM5256A Public Security, Justice and Rule of Law
This course examines issues related to combating crime nationally and trans-nationally, oversight and reform of policing, transitional justice and reform of the justice system. Problems of policing in Africa, political control, oversight and accountability of policing, are explored, as well as public safety, law and order.
PADM5257A Security Sector Governance
This course assists participants to contribute to enhancing democratic management of the security sector in South Africa and the continent through deepening understanding of the inter-relationships between the justice, public safety, intelligence and defence sectors. It deals with concepts and principles of governance and their application to the security sector. The roles of the executive, the legislature, ministries and government departments in governance, oversight and management, security policy-making, implementation and monitoring and political transitions, peace building and reconstruction are examined.
PADM5245 Public Policy
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 include technical and skills requirements for evaluating policy, managing vested interests, consultation and public relations, monitoring and evaluation, and the management of inter-departmental coordination and relations.