2005-2006 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm)

Public Management (PMGT)

Department of Political Science, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

The Public Management program is designed to lead to an understanding of public sector administration and management from the "inside" - as an integrated enterprise - as well as from the outside - as a series of policy decisions and outcomes. Characterized by a multi-disciplinary approach employing both political and business-oriented analysis, students will confront questions of why politicians and public servants behave the way they do, and how their policy choices and processes can be optimized. Management of public entities features a unique set of challenges that arise from and interact with basic political issues like democracy, accountability, equity, fairness, and justice. At the same time it necessarily faces concerns common to all organizations, such as efficiency, human and capital resource management, morale, planning, and adaptation to change.

The program will appeal to students interested in the public service, public sector businesses or business-government relations. A co-ordinated sequence of courses is capped in the final year by a year long research project and thesis.

For this major, 15.00 of the 20.00 credits are specified as core requirements and the remaining 5.00 as electives. A list of suggested electives follows the description of required courses.


Semester 1
COST*1000 [0.50] Introduction to Marketing Management
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
POLS*1400 [0.50] Public Management and Administration
PSYC*1200 [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
0.50 elective
Semester 2
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration
POLS*2300 [0.50] Canadian Government
1.00 elective
Semester 3
AGEC*2220 [0.50] Financial Accounting
ECON*2200 [0.50] Industrial Relations
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
POLS*3250 [0.50] Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
0.50 elective
Semester 4
AGEC*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
COST*2600 [0.50] Fundamentals of Consumer Behaviour
POLS*3270 [0.50] Local Government in Ontario
STAT*2060 [0.50] Statistics for Business Decisions
0.50 elective
Semester 5
AGEC*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
COST*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
POLS*3110 [0.50] Politics of Ontario
POLS*3210 [0.50] The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
0.50 elective
Semester 6
AGEC*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
ECON*3610 [0.50] Public Economics
PHIL*2600 [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
POLS*3670 [0.50] Comparative Public Policy and Administration
0.50 elective
Semester 7
ECON*3560 [0.50] Theory of Finance
HTM*3000 [0.50] Human Resources Management
POLS*3470 [0.50] Business-Government Relations in Canada
POLS*4970 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research I
0.50 elective
Semester 8
AGEC*4250 [0.50] Business Policy
POLS*4250 [0.50] Problems in Public Administration and Public Policy
POLS*4980 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research II
1.00 elective

The following is a list of courses which may be of interest to students selecting their electives.

COST*2020 [0.50] Information Management
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
HTM*4390 [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
ISS*2500 [0.50] Management in Organizations
POLS*3330 [0.50] Politics and Trade Liberalization in the Americas
POLS*3370 [0.50] Environmental Policy Formation and Administration
POLS*3440 [0.50] Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics
POLS*3790 [0.50] The Political Economy of International Relations
POLS*3930 [0.50] Politics of the Agri-Food System
SOAN*2040 [0.50] Globalization of Work and Organizations