Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Department of Public Policy

Established in 2015, the Department of Public Policy is one of the newest departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department offers General and Special degree programmes as well as a Postgraduate programme covering major areas of Political Science and Public Policy.

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News & Updates
Visit of German Ambassador and his delegation to the Department of Public Policy on 07th, October 2020
(09 October, 2020)


H.E. the EU Ambassador Denis Chaibi’s visit to the Department of Public Policy on 29th, September 2020
(09 October, 2020)


The Meeting with the Team of National Peace Council (NPC) and the Academic Staff in the Department of Public Policy and Sociology on 12th, August 2020
(30 September, 2020)


Department of Public Policy was organized the discussion on the movie “Tradition” on 12th Friday, June 2020 from 6.00-7.00 pm via Zoom platform
(17 June, 2020)


Introduction of the Department of Public Policy to the New Batch of the Faculty
(20 April, 2020)
The department of Public Policy at the University of Ruhuna was introduced to the fresh undergraduates on 10th April 2020. It was a webinar method, giving an opportunity for over 400 undergraduates to join the discussion via Zoom app.
Beach Cleaning Programme by Students of Public Policy Society
(03 February, 2020)
The students of the Public Policy society organized the beach cleaning program to clean the coastal line from Devundara to Wellamadama on 18th February 2020.
Annual Field Study in Jaffna
(30 January, 2020)
Department of Public Policy, University of Ruhuna organized the annual field visit in Jaffna from the 27th -29th of December.
Guest Lecture on “Revisiting Poverty Discourse in South Asia
(30 January, 2020)
The Department of Public Policy, University of Ruhuna, organized a guest lecture on “Revisiting Poverty Discourse in South Asia” on 24th December 2019.

Human Rights Day Celebration -2019
(30 January, 2020)
The Department of Public Policy, University of Ruhuna organized a panel discussion to celebrate International Human Rights Day 2019. 


Panel Discussion on Promoting Human Rights through Education


Department of Public Policy is organizing panel discussion on Promoting Human Rights through Education on 19th December 2019 at 2.00 pm at the Auditorium of the Department of Geography. Mr. Dulan Dasanayaka- attorney-at-law and Ms. Ishara Dhanasekara, Co-editor, Vikalpa at Center for Policy Alternatives will be participated in the discussion.  More
Contact Info
Department of Public Policy
University of Ruhuna
Matara
Sri Lanka

Tel     : +94 412222681/82  Ext: 3110
Fax    : +94 412227010
Email  : publicpolicy@hss.ruh.ac.lk

Head's Message

Welcome to the Department of Public Policy! Started in 2015, the Department took off its journey by offering a special degree program and by contributing to the general degree program in one of the leading academic disciplines that receives increasing demand from both undergraduate students and readers who wish to undertake postgraduate studies. The department offers three major areas of study, namely public policy, political science and international affairs.

While being committed to fulfill the mission of the Faculty and the University, the prime goal of the Department is to produce professionals and civic citizens who are responsible, hardworking, good team players with the skills and dedication to contribute to the development of the country. Our main aim is to train the students in such a manner so that they will be able to survive in the increasingly competitive public and private sectors. Currently the department with its energetic and dedicated team of seven full-time academic staff with diverse educational backgrounds and academic experiences gained from top universities in the world conducts the special degree program which has a blend of both theoretical and the practical domains- for more than 80 undergrads.

The prospective students who wish to undertake the programs of our department will experience a homelike surrounding with a conducive academic and research environment which is sustained under the guidance of a friendly staff.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
POS 11613 Principles of Political Science Core 03
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
POS12613 State and Society Core 03
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
POS21613 Classical Political Theory Core 03
POS21623 Introduction to Public Policy Core 03
POS21633 Political Background of Sri Lanka Core 03
POS21643 Introduction to Human Rights Optional 03
POS21653 Gender Politics Optional 03
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
POS22613 Modern Political Theory Core 03
POS22623 Elements of Public Administration Core 03
POS22633 International Politics Core 03
POS22643 Geo-Politics Optional 03
POS22653 Public Accountability Optional 03
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
POS31613 Comparative Politics Core 03
POS31623 Political Sociology Core 02
POS31633 Organization Theory Core 03
POS31643 Constitutional Studies Optional 03
POS31653 Conflict Studies Optional 03
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 02
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
POS32613 Comparative Government Core 03
POS32623 Foreign Policy of Sri Lanka Core 03
POS32633 Research Methods in Political Science Core 03
POS32643 Peace Studies Optional 03
POS32653 Nationalism and Nation-Building Optional 03
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
POS41613 Modern Political Ideologies Core 03
POS41623 Research Design Core 03
POS41633 Political Economy Core 03
POS41643 Local Governance in Sri Lanka Optional 03
POS41653 Political Psychology Optional 03
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
POS42619 Dissertation Core 09
POS42623 Internship Training Optional 03
POS42633 Project Management Optional 03
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester POS11513 Principles of Political Science Core 03
2nd Semester POS12513 State and Civil Society Core 03
2000 Level
1st Semester POS21513 Classical Political Theory Core 03
POS21523 Introduction to Public Policy Optional 03
POS21533 Political Background of Sri Lanka Optional 03
2nd Semester POS22513 Modern Political Theory Core 03
POS22523 Elements of Public Administration Optional 03
POS22533 International Politics Optional 03
3000 Level
1st Semester POS31513 Comparative Politics Core 03
POS31523 Political Sociology Optional 03
POS31543 Constitutional Studies Optional 03
2nd Semester POS32513 Comparative Government Core 03
POS32523 Foreign Policy of Sri Lanka Optional 03
POS32553 Nationalism and Nation-Building Optional 03
Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
POS 11513 State and Government POS 11513 State and Government
1000 Level
2nd Semester
POS 12513 Government and People POS 12513 Government and People
2000 Level
1st Semester
POS 21613 Introduction to Public Administration POS 21513 Introduction to Public Administration
POS 21623 Classical Political Theory POS 21523 Classical Political Theory
POS 21633 International Studies: Theory and Practice POS 21543 Political Ecology of Sri Lanka
POS 21643 Political Ecology of Sri Lanka POS 21553 Human Rights
POS 21653 Human Rights
POS 21663 Tourism and Hospitality Services: Theory and Fundamentals
2000 Level
2nd Semester
POS 22613 Public Policy and Governance POS 22513 Public Policy and Governance
POS 22623 Modern Political Theory POS 22543 Contemporary International Politics
POS 22633 Political System of Sri Lanka
POS 22643 Contemporary International Politics
POS 22653 Gender and Feminism
POS 22663 Tourism Management
3000 Level
1st Semester
POS 31613 Comparative Politics and Political Analysis POS 31513 Comparative Politics and Political Analysis
POS 31623 Political Sociology POS 31523 Political Sociology
POS 31633 Comparative Public Administration POS 31543 International Organizations
POS 31643 International Organizations
POS 31653 Introduction to International Law
POS 31663 Tourism and Hospitality Services: Marketing
3000 Level
2nd Semester
POS 32613 Comparative Government and Political Analysis POS 32513 Comparative Politics and Political Analysis
POS 32623 Public Policy Management and Administration of Sri Lanka POS 32543 Organization Theory
POS 32633 Research Methodology
POS 32643 Organization Theory
POS 32653 South Asian Politics
POS 32663 Cultural Heritage Tourism Management
4000 Level
1st Semester
POS 41613 Modern Political Ideology
POS 41623 Foreign Policy of Sri Lanka
POS 41633 Development Administration
POS 41643 Research Design
POS 41653 Conflict and Peace Studies
POS 41673 Gender and Politics
4000 Level
2nd Semester
POS 42613 Issues in World Politics
POS 42623 Comparative Peace Processes
POS 42633 International Politics of Twentieth Century
POS 42643 Independent Dissertation
POS 42653 Policy Implementation Studies
POS 42663 Internship