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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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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