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Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice

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Award granted Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA617

New course commencing Trimester 3 2014.

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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.

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  • 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 Diploma of Professional Political Practice, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of compulsory core units.

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Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

AIP746 Challenges to Democratic Governance  

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  


Trimester 2

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations  

AIP780 Managing Public Expenditure  

AIP781 Political Communication  

AIP783 Rethinking the State  


Trimester 3

AIP773 Governance and Accountability  

AIP782 Engaging for Change  



i) AIP773 from 2015 to be offered Cloud (online) in Trimester 1 and by intensive block mode in Trimester 3.

ii) AIP783 commences 2015

iii) AIP746 to be replaced by AIP784 from 2015. AIP784 to be offered Cloud (online) in Trimester 1 and by intensive block mode in Trimester 3 from 2015.


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