Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice

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Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA617

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If the idea of a career in politics excites you, then the Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice is your gateway to challenging and engaging political advisory roles.

The course is a skills-based, highly targeted course designed to qualify you for professional and highly skilled work as a political advisor. You’ll be helping ministers and other political figures carry out their various political, policy and media functions.

The course explores the parliamentary system and functions of parliament, the nature of diverse ideologies and how to bring about positive change in the world.  Case studies and comparison of Australian practices with those of other countries are used to help in critical reflection on processes and outcomes.

You will gain a rigorous theoretical grounding in politics, plus a suite of practical skills that will help you to understand, and effectively contribute to our political system.

Your studies will introduce you to analytical tools in political contexts, and theoretical discussions of public policy will be grounded in a number of case studies relating to taxation, industry policy, industrial relations, social policy, gender and the environment.

You will learn about accountability in governance while exploring ways of responding effectively, imaginatively and ethically to these demands. You will also explore the nature of democracy, the challenges facing democracy today, and challenge your own assumptions about democracy in the West and elsewhere.

Other areas studied include intergovernmental relations, managing public expenditure, federal budget processes, how the media shape public opinion and the policy agenda, and the role of modern communication technologies.

Career opportunities for graduates exist in the following areas: local councils, public service departments and statutory authorities, state and federal parliaments, small business to multinational corporations, policy researchers in NGOs including overseas aid organisations, policy consultants, and roles working in political parties and electoral offices.

The course is a pathway for further learning, progressing into Deakin University’s Master of Politics and Policy.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Advanced knowledge of, and specialised cognitive skills involving Australia’s political system and governance that may be applied in professional practice and adapted to different contexts.

Sound understanding of policy development, implementation and evaluation.

Communication

Ability to communicate effectively potentially complex knowledge and ideas involving political and policy issues to a variety of audiences, both specialist and non-specialist. 

Digital literacy

Employ a range of digital communication technologies and platforms appropriately to conduct research, engage in debate, and communicate ideas, findings, etc. 

Critical thinking

Cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas, proposals etc. involving diverse institutions and actors, within and beyond the ‘formal’ political sphere.

Problem solving

Employ appropriate methods of research and analysis to investigate complex real world problems in a systematic manner and generate and evaluate potential responses to issues in such areas as: public policy; political institutions, processes and practices; democratic governance; citizen engagement; and, political communication.

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development personally, academically and professionally in the field of politics and/or public policy. 

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with others from similar, but also at times quite different disciplines and backgrounds. 

Global citizenship

Engage ethically and productively in a professional political context in addressing complex real world problems which involve different political ‘jurisdictions’ and societies or cultural communities with different ‘world views’.

Recognise the potential value of engaging with and drawing upon the experiences and insights of experts and non-experts globally in understanding and addressing diverse political and policy challenges.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

 

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

Units

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP773Governance and Accountability

AIP780Managing Public Expenditure

AIP781Political Communication

AIP782Engaging for Change

AIP783Rethinking Democracy

AIP784Political Competition

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

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