Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1),  July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015$22,830* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 5227 1359
artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Peter Haeusler, +61 3 924 46756, peter.haeusler@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code A617

New course commencing Trimester 1 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice is a strongly applied, skills-based, targeted course which qualifies individuals to undertake professional and highly skilled work as political advisors, helping Ministers and other political figures (both in government and opposition) discharge their political, policy and media functions. The course is also a pathway for further learning, and can articulate for instance into Deakin University’s Master of Politics and Policy.

The new Graduate Diploma will provide a range of both theoretical and applied learning opportunities that directly reflect the day-to-day duties of Political Advisors and the knowledge and skills they require to successfully complete these duties. While the course has a strong applied orientation, it brings to bear a rigorous theoretical grounding in political practice with a suite of applied skills to enable staffers and other political or parliamentary employees to better understand, participate in and contribute effectively to our political system.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2015 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed from the Unit Search. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

Career opportunities

The courses are designed as professional development programs for early or mid-career professionals or for those involved in or, seeking to become involved in, policy making and management within the public, community and business sectors, domestically and internationally.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of compulsory core units.

Course structure

Core units


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

AIP773Governance and Accountability

AIP784Executive Government

Trimester 1

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

Trimester 2

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP780Managing Public Expenditure

AIP781Political Communication

AIP783Rethinking Government

Trimester 3

AIP782Engaging for Change

Note:

AIP784 and AIP773 to be offered Cloud (online) in Trimester 1 and by intensive block mode in Trimester 3.

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Masters of Politics and Policy comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice will lead to entry into the Master of Politics and Policy (A729) with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. 

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)
 

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