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Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy

Course summary for local students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy

Cloud (online)

Length1 year part time
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359



Course Director

Peter Haeusler, +61 3 924 46756, peter.haeusler@deakin.edu.au


Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code A516

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy emphasises a dual focus on politics and public policy and offers units designed 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, and intergovernmental relations. 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. 

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of units, comprising 2 core units and 2 elective units.

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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

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  


Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

AIP773 Governance and Accountability  


Elective units


AIP746 Challenges to Democratic Governance  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations  

AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  

AIP780 Managing Public Expenditure  

AIP781 Political Communication  

AIP782 Engaging for Change  

AIP783 Rethinking Government  

AIP784 Executive Government  


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