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Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy

Course summary for current students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy

Cloud (online)

Duration1 year part time
Deakin course codeA516

From 2015, this course is for continuing students only.

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Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy emphasises a dual focus on politics and public policy and offers units designed to appeal to public sector, business, NGO and community sector managers and leaders, and those wishing to acquire new skills. Core units explore public policy analysis frameworks, the development and implementation of public policy under conditions of democratic governance, governance and accountability, and intergovernmental relations. You will undertake practical training focused on the relations between government, the private sector and community organisations, and between different levels of government. Units in the course are designed to give you a solid background in politics and policy while also building your skills so that you are a well-trained, highly competent and confident graduate. The focus on democratic governance within contemporary contexts characterised by rapid change and globalisation distinguishes this course from traditional public policy studies. 

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Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of units, comprising 2 core units and 2 elective units.

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Course structure

Notes: Continuing students (enrolled prior to 2011) may need to refer to the 2010 Handbook entry for this course and contact Student Services office for further course advice.


Core units

Trimester 1

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

AIP773 Governance and Accountability  


Elective units


AIP746 Challenges to Democratic Governance  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations  

AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  

AIP780 Managing Public Expenditure  

AIP781 Political Communication  

AIP782 Engaging for Change  

AIP783 Rethinking Government  

AIP784 Executive Government  


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