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BSc Political Science with Minor in Economics

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The relationship between politics and economics is becoming increasingly important in societies across the world. As we are aware, economic conditions do influence politics, and politics also impact the economy since both represent the ways by which societies make decisions. If you intend to pursue a political career or if you are presently involved in political leadership and management, this programme is specially designed for you.

About the Programme

The programme is designed to introduce key political science and economic concepts and ideas that would enable students to develop the intellectual capacity to understand, articulate and put into practice the skills of good governance, political management and economic development of a country or system so as to adequately utilize human, infrastructural and natural resources.

Who is this programme for?

The programme targets persons who work in the fields of politics, economic development, teaching, international relations, community development, youth development, social welfare, as well as any other persons who are interested in entering a career in public, private or not-for-profit organisations in the areas of politics and economics.

Programme Structure

Duration of Programme
The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree
In order to be awarded the BSc Political Science with a Minor in Economics degree, students must successfully complete 90 credits with at least 30 credits at Levels II and III for the Major and at least 15 credits at Levels II and III for the Minor

Delivery Mode
All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.

When will the programme start?

This offering of the programme begins in August 2016.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a)    Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:

  • An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND
  • An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
  • One of the following minimum qualifications:

o    either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR

o    four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level

Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998      

(b)   Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting

(c)    Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution, having attained a B+ average or a minimum GPA of 3.3

(d)   Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments

English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.


Academic Preparation

OOL1001 Orientation to Online

IYRS1001 Improving your Reading Skills

IYSS1001 Improving your Study Skills

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
Introduction to Political Analysis
Introduction to Psychology
Logic of Social Inquiry
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
Mathematics for Social Sciences I
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
English for Academic Purposes
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
International Economic Relations I
Intermediate Microeconomics I
Research Methods in Behavioural Sciences
Political Management and Mobilisation
Political Leadership and Public Governance
Professional Development in Political Science
International Politics and Political Economy
Research Study I
Comparative Politics
EGovernance for Small Island Developing States I
Foundations of Caribbean Politics
International Relations: Theories and Approaches
Western Political Thought
Level 3 
Principles of Sustainable Development
Intermediate Microeconomics II
Public Finance
Monetary Theory and Policy
Intermediate Macroeconomics II
Ethical Literacy in Behavioral Sciences
Global Environmental Politics
Ethics and Global Justice
Latin American Government, Politics and Development
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Economic Development I