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Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy

Course summary for local students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
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 A616

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma 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.

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 credit point of a compulsory core unit; and
  • 2 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units below

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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 Tel 03 9244 6007 or 03 9251 7071 arts-pg@deakin.edu.au

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  


Select 2 credit points from the following list of electives:



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  



ECM704 Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration  

EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  



SLE721 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development  

SLE725 Environmental Management Systems  

MPM704 Managing for Environmental Sustainability  



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  

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Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)

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