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The emphasis of this course is on the development and implementation of public policy under conditions of democratic governance. Students gain an understanding and practical training focused on the relations between government, the private sector and community organisations and between different levels of government. Particular attention is given to the challenges posed by the normative requirements of democracy. Units in the course are designed to give students a solid background in politics and policy while also building their skills so that they are well trained, highly competent and confident graduates. The focus on democratic governance within contemporary contexts characterised by rapid change and globalisation distinguishes this course from traditional public policy studies which concentrate primarily on public sector management.
Postgraduate study in Politics and Policy specialises in advancing and upgrading politics and policy knowledge. It develops skills needed for positions in policy research, analysis and formulation, in both the public and private sectors and in non-government organisations (NGOs). Our graduates work in diverse occupations and professions across a wide range of organisations including:
Deakin's Politics and Policy staff have many years of combined industry experience, and are leaders in their research fields.
Knowledge and skills
The Politics and Policy courses cover key issues, concepts and analysis required by professionals working in public policy. In addition to the core focus on democratic governance and accountability, you will be able to develop your skills in areas such as management, educational leadership, environment policy, health policy and human rights. Units of study are under constant review to be directly relevant to professional advancement.
We know that postgraduate study is a big commitment. Deakin's postgraduate program is genuinely flexible to help you fit your studies in with workplace and personal commitments.
At Deakin we pride ourselves on providing quality postgraduate courses. Excellence is evident in all aspects of our courses from the standard of our study materials to the teaching staff, who are leaders in their field. Setting a benchmark for Australian universities, our library service is among the best in the world. Regardless of where you live, resources can be posted, or accessed from our library's comprehensive electronic collection.
As a Deakin student you have access to the best new technologies. The University has produced its own Software Essentials DVD to support online communication. All units offer a dedicated teaching and learning site Deakin Studies Online.
As a Deakin postgraduate student, you will become part of a network of researchers, academics, alumni and practitioners. You will have access to specialist knowledge and the opportunity to establish new resources and contacts with people who are currently shaping and influencing public policy.