2006-2007 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 may be capped in the final year by a year-long research project and thesis.

For this major, 16.00 of the 20.00 credits are specified as core requirements and the remaining 4.00 as electives. A list of suggested electives follows the description of required courses.

Liberal Education Requirement

As part of the graduation requirement all students within the B.Comm. Program are required to complete 1.50 credits from at least two different subject prefixes as listed under the B.Comm. Program Information section of the undergraduate calendar.


Semester 1
MCS*1000 [0.50] Introductory Marketing
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
POLS*1400 [0.50] Issues in Canadian Politics
PSYC*1200 [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
0.50 electives
Semester 2
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration
POLS*2300 [0.50] Canadian Government
1.00 electives
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 electives
Semester 4
AGEC*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
MCS*2020 [0.50] Information Management
MCS*2600 [0.50] Fundamentals of Consumer Behaviour
POLS*3270 [0.50] Local Government in Ontario
STAT*2060 [0.50] Statistics for Business Decisions
Semester 5
AGEC*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
AGEC*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
MCS*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
POLS*3110 [0.50] Politics of Ontario
0.50 electives
Semester 6
ECON*3610 [0.50] Public Economics
PHIL*2600 [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
POLS*3210 [0.50] The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
POLS*3670 [0.50] Comparative Public Policy and Administration
0.50 electives
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
One of:
POLS*4970 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research I
0.50 credits at the 4000 level in Political Science
0.50 electives
Semester 8
AGEC*4250 [0.50] Business Policy
HTM*4390 [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
POLS*4250 [0.50] Problems in Public Administration and Public Policy
One of:
POLS*4980 [0.50] Honours Political Science Research II
0.50 credits at the 4000 level in Political Science
0.50 electives

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

ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
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*3940 [0.50] Accountability and Canadian Government
SOAN*2040 [0.50] Globalization of Work and Organizations