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  • Objectives
    Graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary for advanced public sector and community sector management and policy making, including the skills to: * understand the institutions, processes and problems of modern government and policy making; * critically appreciate a range of key drivers in contemporary public policy; * understand governance and public management and its applications; * understand public sector management and its application in selective case studies.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
  • Course description
    First 100 points:
    Compulsory subjects
    50 points

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    166-419  Policy Design
    This subject examines policy making from a number of different theoretical perspectives, introduces a range of methods and approaches to examining public policy, and develops policy design skills. It introduces students to how policy is made, through...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-470  Contemporary Issues in Governance
    This subject examines contemporary issues in public policy in Australia and internationally. Students will investigate traditional and emerging governance models, with an emphasis on the changing nature of governance in the network society. The subje...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-423  Organisations and Management
    This subject examines the modern public sector management function through a range of practical and theoretical perspectives. Focusing on placing public sector management into surrounding historical and quasi-ideological debates, the subject explores...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-442  Rights and Public Policy
    This subject aims to assist students with the development of skills relevant in the policy-making process. This is carried out by familiarising students with legal and political developments within a variety of rights fields and by requiring them to ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects:
    50 points

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    166-413  Communication and Governance
    This subject critically investigates the changing forms of governance in democratic polities in the wake of the informational age. Using communication as a central analytical category, the subject considers how democratic political systems are coping...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-416  Justice, Democracy and Difference
    This subject provides a critical examination of contemporary debates about ideas of justice, democracy and the politics of difference. The subject critically explores both the major liberal approaches to justice alongside critiques of liberal approac...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-420  Qualitative Research Methods
    This subject forms an advanced overview of theories, methods and ethical issues in qualitative research. The subject will focus on the techniques of field studies, intensive interviewing, and case studies. Students will carry out small scale qualitat...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-453  Executive Internship
    In this subject students will be placed in an organisation which either has governmental responsibilities or deals with government, where they will work under the supervision and guidance of a senior manager in the organisation. Students will be requ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    191-438  Texts and Violence
    Violence is an issue of great social, individual and cultural concern. This subject investigates some of the ways in which violence is represented, talked about, and interpreted. The subject focuses on two issues: how to interpret textual representat...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-440  The New Punitiveness?
    This subject focuses on the idea that since the 1970s there has been a rise in punitiveness right across the developed nations of the west. The subject asks students to identify and understand the different domains in which punitiveness might reside ...     Semester 2     12.50

    102-497  A Century of Australian Social Policy
    This subject explores the history of Australian social policy, interweaving five themes: the rise and fall of state-regulated wages, the ways that income support was shaped by this arbitration system, the gendering and de-gendering of the welfare sys...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-435  Drugs and Justice
    This subject introduces students to a range of historical and contemporary issues surrounding the measurement of drug use and the popular and scientific construction of the health, crime and social consequences of drug use. The subject is concerned w...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-411  Australian Politics:Democracy & Justice
    This subject will investigate how Australian constitutional democracy has been structured and how it has defined and developed citizenship and protected human rights. To address these issues students will investigate questions such as, How was Austra...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-499  Asia-Pacific: Zone of Conflict or Peace?
    This subject provides an examination of some important issues in Asia-Pacific international politics in the light of relevant theorizing, interpretations and debates. The topics for study will normally include the China-US-Japan triangle, the Taiwan ...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-498  Political Economy of Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Second 100 points:
    Compulsory subjects
    62.5 points

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-527  Advanced Public Management
    This subject explores the strategies and instruments that public managers use to implement public policy. We will review several key aspects of the management role including: how public managers support the development and implantation of good public...     Semester 1     25

    316-685  Economics For Public Policy
    This subject focuses on the relationship between economics and politics. It explores the role and limitations of economic analysis in public policy. Economics principles and methods are applied in order to analyse public policy issues and the importa...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-536  Advanced Policy Design
    The subject provides an overview of the key elements of policy analysis and policy organization using an integrated design perspective. Key theoretical models are used to equip students to develop an analytical framework for conducting a detailed pol...     Semester 2     25

    Elective subjects:
    37.5 points

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    191-543  Research and Criminal Justice Governance
    How effective are criminal justice interventions in changing individual behaviour, reducing opportunities for crime, and increasing public safety? Why is there so much emphasis by government on the impact of criminal justice programs, and how does th...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-537  Health Politics, Policy & Governance
    This subject focuses on critically analysing politics, policy and governance in relation to health. It asks students to examine the institutions, structures and organisations that shape the policy process in health, consider how health problems are d...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-554  Social Research Design and Evaluation
    This subject provides a critical and practical engagement with social research design and evaluation, in a range of societal contexts including, but not limited to, social policy. As such, it provides theoretical frameworks and research skills for an...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-526  Managing Communications & the Media
    This is a skills rather than a theoretical subject. It has two themes: how to understand and manage the media from the perspective of a communications manager, and how to build a communications strategy into the development of policy. While it is des...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-522  Individual Research Project
    This subject involves focused, independent READING and research and the presentation of the findings in a scholarly manner, under the supervision of a member of the teaching staff in the MPPM or MSP programs. On completion of this subject students sh...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    166-517  Minor Thesis - Public /Social Policy
    This subject involves a supervised thesis of 12 000 words, embodying the results of the student's own research.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    166-551  Governance & International Institutions
    The subject will examine various dimensions of the conflict between national sovereignty and international interdependence which impinge on the nature and institutions of global governance. It will extend students knowledge of the diversity of the fo...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-553  Professional Practice in Policy
    This subject will examine contemporary issues and debates in public policy making in a variety of contexts (Victorian, Australian, and international) through insights provided by professional public policy practitioners. Students will be offered a un...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-548  Climate Change Politics and Policy
    This subject introduces introduces and analyses critical concepts and terms central to debates over climate change, including risk and uncertainty, adaptation and mitigation, burden sharing, and problems and issues relating to regimes, strategies and...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-553  Human Rights in Southeast Asia
    This seminar will focus on human rights and its critics from a historical and comparative perspective. We will explore the factors that have given rise to radically different conception of rights and justice (i.e. political, economic, cultural, relig...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-529  Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
    This subject develops the skills to understand and assess the social impacts of development. The different actors involved in shaping and implementing development projects and programmes (the state, international development agencies, non-government ...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-521  Issues in Professional & Applied Ethics
    This course will examine some of the central debates in applied ethics, focussing on ethics and the law. Topics discussed may include ethical issues associated with intellectual property, self-regulation and meta-regulation, social responsibilty of t...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-520  Social Policy: Special Topics
    The welfare system is a central focus of social policy studies. While social policy as an area of study is usually said to embrace education, health, housing, employment and social care as well as income security, it is income security which usually ...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-531  Comparative Social Policy
    This subject uses a comparative approach to analyse key areas of contemporary social policy, with a focus on the reform strategies that emerged over the 1990s. The subject examines the different social policy responses that have characterised these s...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-546  Trade Policy and Politics
    This subject examines the politics and governance of international trade. It explores the domestic and international dimensions of trade policy-making and the growing complexity of the 'trade agenda' in national and international politics. ...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-547  Politics and Business in post-Mao China
    Over the past two decades, the role of the Chinese state in the country´s economic development has changed considerably. The state planning agencies no longer decide what and how much should the countryÂ&#x020...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-549  Business and Government
    The respective roles and interactions between business and government are crucial for the political economy of a country. Because of its productive function, business enjoys a privileged position with government, while a major part of government is c...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-520  Compliance, Regulation & Crime
    There is increasing public and political demand that harms and risks to people, the environment, financial systems, and the like, be reduced, if not eliminated altogether. Tighter regulation, including in some cases use of the criminal law, is often ...     Semester 2     12.50

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