Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (GDipPubPolicy)

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The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is designed for those who work in, or aspire to have a career in, policy, whether it is in government, intergovernmental organisations, industry or not for-profit sector.

The program adopts a multidisciplinary approach in the development of the student’s knowledge and skills in public policy. It brings together current public policy theory and debates with practical policy analysis and research skill development relevant for the 21st Century. The Graduate Diploma of Public Policy also provide students with the opportunity to select electives in policy domains for their interest.

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge to create and influence effective and efficient public policy.
2. Understand the theoretical and practical underpinnings, as well as the limitations of policy processes.
3. Apply advanced knowledge and practical application skills in policy to specialist policy domains.
4. Evaluate policy research and apply it critically to their role as public servants and community and industry operatives in the 21st century context.

Interruption of program:
Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:
1. Core courses to the value of 15 units
2. Electives to the value of 9 units

Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 15 units.

Core Courses

Students who have an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline to economics may substitute a 3 unit ECON Level 7 elective for ECON 7200. Program Director approval is required.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
POLICY 7001 Fundamentals of Public Policy 3
POLICY 7002 Ethics and Politics in Policy 3
ECON 7200 Economic Principles (M) 3
GEOG 7009 Research Methods 3
GEOG 7016 Engaging Communities: Techniques and Analysis 3