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Master of Politics and Policy

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Award granted Master of Politics and Policy
Campus

Offered at Cloud (Online)

Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA716

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Politics and Policy emphasises a dual focus on politics and public policy and offers a wide range of core units and elective units 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, skills building in evaluation, intergovernmental relations and accountability, and corporate social responsibility. 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. The course also provides the option of completing a thesis suitable for articulation into a research masters or PhD.

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Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)
Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy (A616)

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

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 Master of Politics and Policy, a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 credit points of compulsory core units; and
  • 6 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units listed below

The dissertation component (AIX702 and AIX703) provides a research pathway for students to apply for entry to PhD.

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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

AIP746 Challenges to Democratic Governance  

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  


Trimester 2

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations  

AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  

 

Trimester 3

AIP773 Governance and Accountability  


Electives


Select 6 credit points from the following list of electives:

 

Management

MPM703 Business Strategy and Analysis  

MPE781 Economics for Managers  

 

Community Development

ADS704 Community Development Theory and Practice A  

ADS705 Community Development Theory and Practice B  

 

Education

ECM704 Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration  

EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  

 

Environment

SLE721 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development  

SLE725 Environmental Management Systems  

MPM704 Managing for Environmental Sustainability  

 

Health

HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

HSN706 Food Policy and Public Health  

 

International Relations

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR726 Human Rights in the International System  

 

Research Units

AIX702 Dissertation A  

AIX703 Dissertation B  



 

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