Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Master of Arts in Management de l’Action publique

(Management of Public Action)

Name of the HEI offering the course: University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

Type of academic programme: Masters

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Management de l’Action publique (Management of Public Action)

Duration (in semesters): Four Semesters (A Semester is covered in 16 weeks/4 months)

Study credits/hours (per semester): Minimum of 20 – Maximum 25hours
Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

This program is related to the thematic area Governance and Social Sciences since the Master of Arts in Management of Public Action has a main objective and specific objectives ; to enable the graduates to design and implement actions towards the animation and the development of associations/structures/organizations and networks of social and solidarity economy consistently with the political, economic, cultural and worship environment at national, sub-regional and international levels; specifically, to provide highly trained human resources with skills in analysing stakes associated with the social and solidarity entrepreneurship and governance in the contemporary society, analysing the complexity of the interfaces becoming more and more numerous between government organizations and the civil society for the development; to conduct researches with new research procedures of action helping humanitarian and public action for a sustainable and equitable development; to identify and resolve dysfunctions in the field of social entrepreneurship and organizations. Eventually, students on the program can tackle challenges relating to social and solidarity development
Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

The Masters of Arts in the management of public action is undertaken in two years (four semesters) by coursework, examination and thesis defence. The course is delivered by lectures (from full and associate professors from UAC and African and European universities), assignments, seminars, tutorial presentations and using computers and LCD projectors. The program is assessed and monitored using various tools including students class attendance lists, supervision, continuous assessment tests, individual and collective assignments, field work, end of semester examinations, training course for the students. A combined use of these tools also ensures quality delivery of the programme backed up by theoretical and practical knowledge. Students at the end of the courses must score 12/20 to pass which is the University course grading standard applied to all postgraduate courses. The programme subsumes twenty-seven (27) courses necessary for the shaping and the strengthening of specialists to operate changes in Benin and Africa in the context of management of public governance as well as social and solidarity economy for a sustainable economic development of Africa Continent. These courses are Entrepreneurship: Paradigm and Rationale; Biographical method and entrepreneurship; Social and Solidarity Entrepreneurship, Cooperative Entrepreneurship; Succeeding in Assertiveness and the Synchronisation; Position of Life Profit Accumulation; How to better Manage ones “Stress’’ and Find ones Energy; Socio-Anthropology of Social and Solidarity Economy; Social Dialogue in Social and Solidarity Enterprise; Documentary Research; Essay Writing Technics; Survey Technics in Social Sciences; Research Practices in Social Sciences; Construction of Data Basis; Exploitation of Data Basis; Speaking and Writing Technics in English; Ethics and Enterprise; International Relations and Cooperation; Sociology of Public Action: New Theories; Sociology of Organizations; Institution and Public Action; Public Policies in Benin from 1960 to the present Day: Conception and Implementation; Methods of Analysing Public Policies; Assessment of Public Policies and Definition of Strategy for Public Action; Social Enterprise and Local Development; Socio-Anthropology of Local Associative Dynamics; Local Authorities and Development of Social and Solidarity Economy; Beginning a Business in Social and Solidarity Economy: Leading of Change; Preparation for Training Course; Internship; Internship Report; Business English; Contemporary Social Culture; Gender Theories; Gender and Local Realities in Benin. Content: The concept of management of public action: effective analytical tools and perspectives of public policies; Involvement in decision-making about government organizations; Participation and commitment in local and civil society development; Development of initiatives of social and solidarity economy, responsibility and leadership in entrepreneurship; Theories of social change and dynamics of solidarity economy at the local level; Theoretical basis to social and solidarity economy development, entrepreneurs and NGOs in development
Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

This training program aims at producing highly trained specialists in the field of management of public action able to intervene in civil service, private and collective initiatives whether these are profit or non-profit making enterprises with sociological tools and perspectives to tackle a wide range of contemporary social issues facing African society and mostly Benin including mismanagement of public policies, youths unemployment, grassroots and community development. They can impact by giving insightful advice about any government or international policies targeting the reduction and kicking out of poverty in poor population as well in urban and rural areas to ease chronic needs in the field of drinking water provision, children mostly girls education, mutual health organization development, solidarity savings accounts promotion. They can offer technical supports to business launching, creation of solidarity and association projects, NGOs, the implementation and monitoring of development projects, environment and humanity programs. They will be bearers and actors of initiatives and projects of development at local, continental and international scales. They (national students as well as beneficiaries of the Academic Mobility project) are then sensors, implementing actors, advisors, monitors of projects development whatever the spheres and the scale, targeting the human welfare.
Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:

Faculty of Letters, Arts and Human Sciences Deanship Approval, FLASH, University of Abomey-Calavi

University of Abomey-Calavi, Board of Education Offices Approval act N°026-16/UAC/SG/VR-AARU/SE-CTVOF/SEOU on 09th March 2016

Period of validity of accreditation:
Five Years (2016 – 2011)


 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.