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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should: * complete the equivalent of fourth year honours with a research component and obtain a recognised qualification; * obtain an adequate basis for pursuing advanced studies in public policy at masters or PhD level; * develop a specialist understanding of specific areas of study, showing an understanding of the latest research directions; * develop a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the specific issues in public policy.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Public Policy and Management)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
        * 2 core subjects (25 points)
        * 3 elective subjects (37.5 points)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-514  Public Policy & Management Thesis
    A supervised thesis embodying the results of a student's own research.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Core subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    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

    166-558  Social Science Research Seminar
    This subject is designed to develop research skills for students planning and writing research theses in the School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology. The subject explores contemporary research strategies, differing methodological appro...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    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

    166-416  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

    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

    166-442  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

    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

    166-531  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

    100-418  Media Policy and Regulation
    This subject encourages students of media and communications to recognise the importance of investigating the changing regulatory regimes that structure media organisation and delivery and how these relate to surrounding interests and the play of pow...     Semester 1     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

    106-402  Cultural Policy and Power
    This subject introduces students to cultural policy studies as a distinct domain of cultural studies. It examines the stakes involved in defining and operating within cultural policy studies by working through the characterisations of creative indust...     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

    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

    166-499  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

    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

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

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