Master of Politics and Policy

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Politics and Policy
Campus

Offered at Cloud (Online)

Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

Final intake: November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015No fees defined
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359
artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

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 A716

* Pipelining course.

Note:

Trimester 1 2015 commencing students to refer to 2015 course version.

Domestic students

International students

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.

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.

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

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


Electives

Select 6 credit points from the following list of electives:

Management

MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis

MPE781Economics for Managers

Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B

Education

ECM704Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration

EXE737Leading and Managing Learning Organisations

EXE738Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts

Environment

SLE721Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development

SLE725Environmental Management Systems

MPM704Managing for Environmental Sustainability

Health

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

Research Units

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B



Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Arts Politics and Policy applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Master of Politics and Policy comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy will lead to entry into either the Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy or the Master of Politics and Policy with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy will lead to entry into the Master of Politics and Policy with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. 

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)
 

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