Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Professional Arts
Governance, Law and Management Major
Regulations effective September 1, 2006

The Bachelor of Professional Arts Governance, Law and Management major (BPA GLM) is offered by the Centre for State and Legal Studies. The program is designed to prepare innovative managers and professionals for leadership success with public sector organizations in the knowledge-based society and economy. This leading-edge program provides education that promotes vision, creativity, and strategic thinking, as requisite skills for administrators in an era of globalization.

The recent reforms in organizations have led to a shift from “command-and-control” management structures and practices to an organizational context characterized by flexibility, innovation, and lifelong learning. The BPA GLM provides the requisite knowledge and practical know-how needed by professionals for good governance and the successful management of organizational change, particularly the increasing shift to e-governance.

Enrolment Requirements

The Governance, Law and Management major is available to graduates of an approved two-year diploma from an accredited college or technical institute in a public administration-related field (e.g., management, legal studies, policing, security, recreation administration, environmental studies, library and information studies). Sixty credits beyond the approved two-year college diploma, are required for degree completion.

The program provides students with two years of Arts and Administrative Studies courses along with specialized senior-level courses in governance.

Common Core

The common core courses may be taken at any time; however, students are encouraged to complete the common core courses early in their program. The common core addresses skills and knowledge that will help students succeed with the remaining degree requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. For more information regarding this major, contact the program advisor.
  Governance, Law, and Management Major Requirements  
  Common core 12
  Major courses 15
  Focus area courses 27
  Options 6
  Residency requirement
A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University
  Maximum Prior Learning and Assessment Credits None permitted
  Note: In the course of their BPA:GLM program, students must take 15 GOVN credits.  
Complete the BPA common core.
Select a minimum of five courses (15 credits) from among five of the following six groups of required major courses:

Group 1
ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers
ACCT 245 Accounting for Managers of Not-for-Profit Organizations
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3) 

Group 2
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy* or (3)
  *Students who have taken ECON 301 may not take ECON 401.
POEC/GLST 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy or (3)
POEC/GLST 483 International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (3)

Group 3
GOVN 301 Governance, the Public Sector, and Corporate Power


Group 4
GOVN 400 Governance and Leadership
GOVN 405 Innovative Public Management (3) 

Group 5
GOVN 440 Global Governance and Law
LGST 331 Administrative Law (3) 

Group 6
CMNS 308 Understanding Statistical Evidence



There are three focus areas within the BPA: GLM program. The three focus areas are reflected in both the name and structure of the program; students select 9 credits from each focus area.

Courses within the Politics of Governance focus area provide students with an understanding of the social forces and environment that shape modern governance. Courses within the Law, Justice, and Policing focus area illuminate both legal institutions and the differences in power amongst groups within society. The Management and Administrative Studies focus area allows students to acquire the skills they need to assume leadership roles within public sector organizations.


1. The Politics of Governance

Nine credits selected from the following. A maximum of six credits in any one of the following disciplines: ENVS, HADM, INST, POEC, POLI, WMST. All CINP courses are taken online from Ryerson Polytechnic University.

ANTH 362 The First Nations of Canada (3)
CINP 900 Understanding the Nonprofit/ Voluntary Sector (3)
CINP 901 Developing Effective Nonprofit Organizations (3)
CINP 911 Advocacy: Public Governmental Relations (3)
CINP 916 Challenge, Crisis and Change: Public Policy (3)
CINP 920 Critical Issues in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3)
CMNS 401 Cultural Policy in Canada (3)
ECON 321 Economics of Health Care (3)
ECON 385 Money, Banking, and Canadian Financial Institutions (3)
ENVS All courses  
GEOG 302 The Canadian North (3)
GEOG 310 Canadian Urban Development (3)
GLST/POEC 395 Global Development Strategies (3)
GLST/POEC 483 International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (3)
GOVN 301 Governance, Public Sector and Corporate Power (3)
GOVN 380 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Governance (3)
GOVN 390 Public Policy and Administrative Governance (3)
GOVN/GLST 403 Public Policy in a Global Era (3)
HADM All courses  
HIST 328 History of Canadian Social Policy (3)
HIST 329 The Social History of Canada (3)
HSRV 311 Practice and Policy in the Human Services (3)
HSRV 322 Policies in the Human Services (3)
IDRL 201 Labour Unions (3)
IDRL 312 Industrial Relations: A Critical Introduction (3)
INST All courses at the 300/400 level  
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies (3)
LBST 413 Do Unions Do? (3)
LGST 390 Women, Law, and Inequality (in development) (3)
LGST 430 Canadian Legal System (3)
POEC All courses  
POLI All courses  
PSYC 340 Introduction to Applied Social Psychology (3)
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
WMST All courses *  
  *WMST 321 and CINP 911 are equivalent courses. Credit will not be given for both. (3)  
  2. Law, Justice, and Policing

Nine credits selected from the following. A maximum of six credits in any one of the following disciplines: CRJS and IDRL. All CINP courses are taken online from Ryerson Polytechnic University.
CINP 911 Advocacy: Public Government and Relations (3)
CMNS 311 Mass Media and the Law (3)
CRJS All courses  
GOVN/ GLST 440 Global Governance and Law (3)
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour (6)
HRMT 322 Employment Law in Canada (3)
IDRL All courses  
INST 426 Aboriginal Government and Law (3)
LGST All courses  
PHIL 335 Biomedical Ethics (3)
PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, TechWomen, Violence, and Social Changenology and the Environment (3)
PHIL 375 Philosophy of the Environment  
PSYC 395 Psychology and Law  
PSYC 435 Abnormal Psychology (3)
SOCI 305 Sociology and Crime  
SOCI 365 Sociology of Deviance (3)
SOCI 381 The Sociology of Power and Inequality (3)
WMST 422 Women, Violence, and Social Change (3)
  3. Management and Administrative Studies

Nine credits selected from the following. A maximum of six credits in any one of the following disciplines: ADMN, CMIS, ECON, HADM, HRMT, MGSC, MKTG, ORGB. All CINP courses are taken online from Ryerson Polytechnic University.
ADMN All courses  
CNIP 902 Effectiveness and Accountability Through Evaluation (3)
CNIP 910 Strategic Planning and Communications in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
CNIP 912 Marketing and Fundraising in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3)
CNIP 913 Leading Nonprofit Organizations Through Change (3)
CNIP 914 Issues of Diversity: Team Building and Conflict Resolution (3)
CNIP 915 Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3)
CMIS All courses  
CMNS 380 Corporate Communication (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communications in Management (3)
COMM 377 Communications and Problem-Solving in Groups (3)
ECON All courses  
ENVS 305 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)
ENTP 212 Introduction to Small Business Management (3)
GOVN 390 Public Policy and Administrative Governance (3)
GOVN 400 Governance and Leadership (3)
GOVN 405 Innovative Public Management (3)
GOVN/ GLST 450 Public Budgeting and Financial Management in a Globalized World (3)
HADM All courses  
HRMT All courses (3)
IDRL 317 Reengineering the Organization (3)
MGSC All courses (3)
MKTG All courses (3)
ORGB All courses (3)
PSYC 405 Creating a Working Alliance  
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: Making Sense of Modern Organizational Life (3)
SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)
  Options (6 credits)  

6 credits from any discipline at the senior (300/400) level.


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