Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy

Course summary for local students


2015 course information

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,

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.

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

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

Core units

Trimester 1

AIP746Challenges to Democratic Governance

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

Trimester 2

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility *

Trimester 3

AIP773Governance and Accountability

* AIP777 not offered 2015 - reoffered 2016.


Select 2 credit points from the following list of electives:


MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis

MPE781Economics for Managers

Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B


ECM704Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration

EXE737Leading and Managing Learning Organisations

EXE738Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts


SLE721Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development

SLE725Environmental Management Systems

MPK704Sustainable Environmental Marketing


HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

International Relations

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)

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