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  • Objectives
    This course is designed to provide a thorough grounding in public administration and policy for students with a wide variety of interests. Applied research on public policy issues is encouraged.Issues are studied in a regional, national and international context, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.The course aims to develop critical awareness, knowledge and skills in public policy and public decision-making for candidates wishing to build careers in the public sector.Learning outcomesAt the completion of this course students should be able to: * demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice of public policy and the process of public policy making; * display an enhanced understanding of the role of public policies in promoting public goods and general welfare of the society; * identify and analyse the complex web of socio-economic, political and environmental forces that shape public policies and their implementation * demonstrate skills in policy analysis and engage in informed debates on policy issues and their impacts; * demonstrate enhanced familiarity with contemporary trends and developments in the field of public policy and appreciate the importance of multidisciplinary approach in assessing and analysing policy outcomes; * demonstrate broad knowledge and skills required to pursue careers in the public service and variety of not-for profit organisations.
  • Entry requirements
    * Basic level entry, requiring the completion of 72 units of work, is normally available to applicants who hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. * Progressive level entry, requiring the completion of 54 units of work, is available to applicants who have completed the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management or the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Public Policy*, or an approved equivalent. Credit may be granted, on application, for relevant work already completed in other approved programs. Progressive level entrants can undertake 18 units of the 54-unit program to complete the graduate diploma. * Advanced level entry, requiring the completion of 36 units of work, is available to applicants who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, or an approved equivalent with an acceptable GPA. Approved equivalents include an honours degree of the University in a field acceptable to the Board. All applicants must submit to the Director of Studies a satisfactory proposal for a coherent program of studies.* Students who have completed one of the graduate certificates or an approved equivalent but not an undergraduate degree must have achieved an acceptable GPA.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Public Administration (Policy)
  • Course description
    The Master of Public Administration (Policy) is a 72-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Public Administration offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Entry is available at three levels - basic, progressive and advanced.

    The course is available on-campus and on a fee-paying basis, by flexible delivery or in mixed, on-campus/flexible delivery mode. It requires two years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Public Administration (Policy) a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

        * the 36 units required for the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management (progressive entry students receive 18 units of credit and advanced entry students 36 units of credit);
        * a further 36 units of core and elective topics not taken at the Graduate Diploma level to fulfil the requirements set out below.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * no topic may be attempted more than once;
        * the program must be completed within twelve consecutive semesters or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 12 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    CORE TOPICS

    Students must complete:

    POAD9010
        

    Public Policy
        

    6

    POAD9039
        

    Public Management
        

    6

    POAD9038
        

    Contemporary Issues in Public Policy
        

    6

    POAD9124
        

    Governance and Public Policy
        

    6

    POAD9123
        

    Ethics in Public Administration
        

    6

        

    Plus 24 units of Policy Topics
        

    24

        

    Plus 18 units of Elective Topics
        

    18

    POLICY TOPICS

    Topics currently listed are:

    HMAN8001
        

    Housing Policy
        

    6

    POAD9027
        

    Economics and Public Policy
        

    6

    POAD9033
        

    Urban Policy and Governance
        

    6

    POAD9114
        

    Critical Systems Thinking and Practice
        

    6

    POAD9116
        

    Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance
        

    6

    POAD9121
        

    Culture and Public Policy
        

    6

    POAD9122
        

    Environmental Governance
        

    6

    POAD9109
        

    Action Learning Project (Policy)
        

    6

    SOAD9054
        

    Social Policy M
        

    6

    ELECTIVE TOPICS

    This list currently includes:

    EDES9609
        

    Strategic Planning and Management
        

    6

    EDES9625
        

    Knowledge Management for Organisational Learning
        

    6

    HMAN8002
        

    Housing Management
        

    6

    HMAN9001
        

    Applied Issues in Housing Management
        

    6

    POAD8102
        

    Management in Non-Government Organisations
        

    6

    POAD8201
        

    Program Evaluation
        

    6

    POAD8202
        

    Risk Management Principles and Practice
        

    6

    POAD9041
        

    Financial and Resource Management
        

    6

    POAD9110
        

    Project Management
        

    6

    POAD9113
        

    Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector
        

    6

    POAD9120
        

    Action Learning Project (Management)
        

    6

    POAD9120
        

    Action Learning Project (Management)
        

    6

    POAD9125
        

    Organisational Politics, Culture and Management
        

    6

    POAD9127
        

    Toolkit for Public Management
        

    6

    POAD9128
        

    Development Administration
        

    6

    POADxxxx
        

    Interactive Design and Evaluation for Democracy and Sustainable Future
        

    6

    OTHER APPROVED ALTERNATIVES
    By agreement with the Director of Studies, candidates may include other topics at masters level including topics offered by other institutions. Permissible topics include:

    POAD9003
        

    Policy and Management: Selected Areas (supervised reading topic)
        

    6

    POAD9004
        

    Policy and Management: Selected Issues (supervised reading topic)
        

    6

    and selected topics from other graduate programs including International Development, International Relations, International Business Administration, Environmental Management, Social Administration and Social Work, Asian Governance, Population Studies and Public Health.

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