Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
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

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

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$23,800$26,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

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

AIP784Executive Government

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

 

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