Dr Donald P. Chimanikire
PhD (International Relations), MA, M.Phil
Key Research Areas: International Relations, International Strategic Studies, Politics & Governance, International Political Economy, Gender Issues, Climate Change, Civil Society
The Department of Political and Administrative Studies was established during the early years of the University’s existence when it was still a College of the University of London. It was then called the Department of Government and it offered a Bachelor of Science Economics degree. In the early 1970s when the University gained full University status and became the University of Rhodesia the Department changed its name to Political Science. The degree it offered was also changed to the Bachelor of Administration. Candidates were required to take a minimum of four courses in political science and another minimum of four in public administration. The programme as a whole consisted of 15 courses pursued over a period of three years.
In 1982 the Department changed its name to Political and Administrative Studies and renamed the degree BSc Politics and Administration (Honours) degree. In 1984 the Department launched its first post – graduate programme by course work, the Master of Science in International Relations degree. In 1987, a second Masters programme, the Master of Public Administration degree was launched. The Department also offers postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral degrees by research. The Masters programmes are available at full and part-time basis. Doctoral degrees by research are also offered in the Department.
The Department is situated in the Faculty of Social Studies. The contact details are:
The Chairperson, Dr D.P. Chimanikire
Department of Political and Administrative Studies
University of Zimbabwe