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Public Policy

Unit of study table

Master of Public Policy

Students complete 96 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core unit of study as specified; and
(b) a minimum of 30 credit points of selective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 48 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional specialisation:
(i) Economics specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and at least 6 credit points of elective units
(ii) Economic Policy specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and at least 12 credit points of elective units
(iii) Foreign language specialisation: 18 credit points
(iv) Global Migrations specialisation: 18 credit points
(v) International Law specialisation: 18 credit points
(vi) International Policy specialisation: 24 credit points
(vii) Media and Cultural Policy specialisation: 24 credit points
(viii) Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation: 18 credit points
(ix) Social Policy specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and at least 12 credit points of elective units
(x) Social Research specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and 6 credit points from the list
(xi) Political Economy specialisation: 18 credit points
(xii) American Foreign Policy specialisation: 6 credit points in compulsory units and 12 credit points from the list
(d) with the permission of the degree coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as electives, including units of study offered by other faculties; and
(e) a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

Students complete 48 credit points comprising:
(a) 12 credit points of core unit of study; and
(b) 24 credit points from selective units of study and
(c) 12 credit points from elective units of study.

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Students complete 24 credit points comprising:
(a) 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 12 credit points from selective units of study.

 

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites
C: Corequisites N: Prohibition

Core units of study

GOVT6316
The Politics of Policy Making
6  
GOVT6331
Public Management and Governance
6  

Selective units of study

GOVT6123
Globalisation and Governance
6  
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6  
GOVT6150
Challenges of Democratic Politics
6  
GOVT6159
Emotions, Agenda Setting, and Public Policy
6  
GOVT6301
Public Sector Ethics and Corruption

6  
GOVT6311
Issues in Public Policy
6  
GOVT6336
Media Politics

6  

Capstone units of study

(1) Semester-long research project
GOVT6127
Research Project/Essay
6  
(2) Year-long dissertation project
Students wishing to complete the year-long dissertation project must have completed GOVT6139 Research Design
GOVT6340
Dissertation Part 1
6 P Completion of 4 postgraduate units - 75% or above average
GOVT6341
Dissertation Part 2
6 C Recommended: GOVT6340 (if enrolled full-time)

Elective units of study

(i) Students who complete the credit requirements within a single cognate discipline with relevance to Public Policy will have a specialisation as listed below recorded.
(ii) Students must satisfy any prerequisite requirements set by the offering department or centre, as well as any prerequisites set by individual units of study, before they enrol in any unit of study.
(iii) Students may complete up to two units (12 credit points) as electives from outside the Public Policy postgraduate unit of study table in a relevant discipline. Students must obtain approval from the Department of Government and International Relations in advance, as well as the approval of the unit of study coordinator.
ARIN6906
Emerging Technologies and Issues
6  
BETH5209
Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics
6 A A degree in science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, law, communications, public policy, business, economics, commerce, organisation studies, or other relevant field, or by special permission
CISS6001
New Security Challenges
6  
CISS6002
Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific
6  
CISS6004
Health and Security

6  
CISS6006
Intervention and 'Fragile' States
6  
CISS6013
Middle East Conflict and Security
6 N GOVT6154
CISS6018
Nuclear Arms Control and Non-proliferation

6  
CISS6022
Cybersecurity
6  
FASS6001
Dimensions of Inequality
6  
FASS7001
Academic English for Postgraduates
6
Where students intend to complete both FASS7001 and FASS7002, they should undertake FASS7001 first then FASS7002. Do not enrol in both in one semester.
FASS7002
Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing
6  
GOVT6111
Chinese Politics
6  
GOVT6116
International Organisations
6  
GOVT6119
International Security
6  
GOVT6137
Forces of Change in Int Relations
6  
GOVT6139
Research Design
6  
GOVT6147
Foundations of International Relations
6  
GOVT6148
Dissertation Part 1

6 C GOVT6139
GOVT6149
Dissertation Part 2

6 C GOVT6148
GOVT6314
Terrorism and International Security

6  
GOVT6359
US-China Relations
6  
GOVT6405
Government Masters Placement

12 P 24 credit points in GOVT 6000 level units
N
GOVT6148 or GOVT6149 or GOVT6340 or GOVT6341 or GOVT6127
PLAN9061
Planning Principles, Systems and Practice
6 N PLAN9020 or PLAN9044
SCLG6913
Social Justice Vocational Placement
6 P 24 credit points at 6000 level and including SCLG6923
SCLG6923
Social Justice Vocational Project Design
6 N SCLG6914
SSPS6001
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6  
SSPS6002
Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6  
SSPS6003
Vocational Placement
6
Where appropriate, prior professional experience will be taken into account when assessing eligibility for this unit.
WRIT6000
Professional Writing

6  
WRIT6001
Professional Editing

6  

Optional specialisations

Economics specialisation
12 credit points in compulsory units
ECON6001
Microeconomics Analysis 1
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5040
N ECON6701
ECON6002
Macroeconomics Analysis 1
6 P ECON5002
N ECON6702
At least 6 credit points of elective units from the following:
ECON5006
Economics of Law and Public Policy
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5040
ECON5007
The Economics of Financial Markets
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6701
ECON5008
Behavioural Economics
6 P (ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6701) and (ECMT5001 or ECMT6702 or QBUS5001)
ECON5026
Strategic Business Relationships
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5040
ECON6003
Mathematical Methods of Econ Analysis
6 P ECON5001 and ECON5002
N ECON6703
ECON6006
Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour
6 P ECON6001 or ECOF6080 or ECON6701
ECON6008
International Money and Finance
6 P (ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON5002 or ECON6002 or ECON6702) and (ECMT5001 or QBUS5001 or QBUS5002 or ECMT6002 or ECMT6702)
ECON6009
Economics of the Labour Market
6 P ECON6001 or ECON6701 or ECON6002 or ECON6702
ECON6010
Public Economics
6 P (ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON6002 or ECON6702)
ECON6016
Trade and Development
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5002 or ECON5040 or ECON6701 or ECON6702
ECON6018
Environmental Economics
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6701
ECON6021
Financial Economics
6 P (ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON6002 or ECON6702)
ECON6023
International Trade
6 P ECON6001 or ECON6701
ECON6025
Strategic Decision Making
6 P ECON6001 or ECOF6080 or ECON6701
ECON6029
Health Economics and Policy Evaluation
6 P (ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6701) and (ECMT5001 or ECMT6702 or QBUS5001)
ECON6031
International Finance and Globalisation

6 P ECON5001 and ECON5002
ECON6101
Special Topics in Economics 1
6 P (ECON5001 and ECON5002) or (ECON6701 and ECON6702)
Students must seek written permission from the School of Economics Postgraduate Coordinator to enrol in this unit.
ECON6102
Special Topics in Economics 2
6 P (ECON5001 and ECON5002) or (ECON6701 and ECON6702)
Economic Policy specialisation
12 credit points from the following:
ECON5001
Microeconomic Theory
6 N ECON5040
ECON5002
Macroeconomic Theory
6 N ECON5003
12 credit points from the following:
ECMT5001
Principles of Econometrics
6  
ECON5004
Communication in Economics
6 N BUSS5020
ECON5006
Economics of Law and Public Policy
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5040
ECON6016
Trade and Development
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5002 or ECON5040 or ECON6701 or ECON6702
ECON6018
Environmental Economics
6 P ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6701
ECON6029
Health Economics and Policy Evaluation
6 P (ECON5001 or ECON5040 or ECON6701) and (ECMT5001 or ECMT6702 or QBUS5001)
Foreign language specialisation
18 credit points from the following:
ASNS6010
Asian Language Acquisition 1
6  
ASNS6011
Asian Language Acquisition 2
6  
ASNS6012
Asian Language Acquisition 3
6  
ASNS6013
Asian Language Acquisition 4
6  
EUST7010
European Language Acquisition 1
6  
EUST7011
European Language Acquisition 2
6  
EUST7012
European Language Acquisition 3
6  
EUST7013
European Language Acquisition 4
6  
Global Migrations specialisation
18 credit points from the following:
FASS6001
Dimensions of Inequality
6  
International Law specialisation
18 credit points from the following:
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6 Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6 Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6062
International Law-the Use of Armed Force
6

 

N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183
Academic Profile: https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html

LAWS6161
International Human Rights
6 N GOVT6117
Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015. Academic Profile: https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6218
International Humanitarian Law
6 N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183
Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6243
International Law I
6 N LAWS1023 or LAWS5005
This unit is compulsory for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students who have not completed any previous study in international law and must be taken during the first semester of candidature. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Academic Profile: https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6 N LAWS5178 or LAWS3478
Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit. Academic Profile: https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6856
International Counter-Terrorism Law

6 A Students should have either completed LAWS6243 International Law I or have an understanding in at least one of the following areas: public or a specialised area of international law or criminal law or criminology or human rights or security and conflict studies acquired through university studies and/or relevant professional experience.
N CISS6011 or LAWS3483
Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6 N LAWS6202
Academic Profile: https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6 Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
LAWS6928
Courts, Justice and Development
6 N LAWS3478 or LAWS5178
Academic Profile: https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html
International Policy specialisation
24 credit points from the following:
CISS6001
New Security Challenges
6  
GOVT6116
International Organisations
6  
GOVT6123
Globalisation and Governance
6  
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6  
Media and Cultural Policy specialisation
24 credit points from the following:
ARCH9081
Heritage Law and Policy
6  
ARHT6930
Film Theory: Art, Industry, Culture
6  
ARIN6902
Internet Cultures and Governance
6  
GCST6901
Cultural Policy
6  
MECO6913
Public Opinion, Policy and Public Sphere
6  
MHST6901
Museum and Heritage: History and Theory
6 N MUSM7033
MUSM7032
Museum and Gallery Administration
6  
MUSM7035
Ethics of Cultural Property

6  
WMST6903
Gender, Media and Consumer Societies

6  
Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation
18 credit points from the following:
PACS6901
United Nations, Peace and Security
6  
PACS6902
Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation
6  
PACS6909
Cultures of Violence

6  
PACS6911
Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
6 N SCWK6930
PACS6914
Conflict-Resolving Media

6 N SCWK6935
PACS6915
Human Rights, Peace and Justice
6 N SCWK6941
PACS6921
Peace of Mind and Peace in the World

6  
PACS6924
Democracy in the Developing World

6  
PACS6928
Community Mediation: Theory and Practice

6  
PACS6931
Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice
6  
PACS6934
Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice
6  
Social Policy specialisation
12 credit points from the following:
EDPA6018
Social Policy Process
6  
SCWK6948
Social Policy Frameworks
6  
12 credit points from the following:
EDPB5016
Global Education and Equity
6  
FASS6001
Dimensions of Inequality
6  
SCLG6910
Comparative Welfare States

6 N SCWK6909
SCWK6910
Working with Communities

6  
SCWK6949
Global Social Policy
6  
SCLG6901
Citizenship Rights and Social Movements
6 N SCWK6901
SCLG6903
Topics in Rights, Justice and Society
6  
Social Research specialisation
12 credit points from the following:
SSPS6001
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6  
SSPS6002
Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6  
6 credit points from the following:
ECOP6031
Research in Political Economy
6  
FASS6001
Dimensions of Inequality
6  
GOVT6139
Research Design
6  
SSPS6004
Social Research Ethics
6 N SCLG6902 or SCLG3003
SSPS6005
Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
6  
SSPS6006
Data Analytics for Social Research
6  
SSPS6007
Intro to Computational Social Sciences
6  
Political Economy specialisation
18 credit points from the following:
ECOP6012
Country Risk Analysis
6  
ECOP6016
China in the Global Economy
6  
ECOP6017
Global Inequality
6  
ECOP6018
Economic Development: Growth and Wellbeing
6  
ECOP6031
Research in Political Economy
6  
ECOP6033
Research Project
6 P 24 Credit Points
ECOP6101
Political Economy: A Primer
6  
ECOP6103
Dynamics of Economic Change
6  
ECOP6108
Economy-Environment Sustainability
6  
ECOP6115
History of Australian Capitalism
6  
ECOP6901
Finance and Economic Change
6  
American Foreign Policy specialisation
6 credit points from the following:
USSC6903
US Foreign and National Security Policy
6  
12 credit points from the following:
GOVT6359
US-China Relations
6  
USSC6902
US Politics: The World of Washington
6  
USSC6910
Special Topics in US Studies

6  
USSC6922
The US in the Indo-Pacific
6  
USSC6205
Internship Project
6  

Exchange units of study

Available to Master of Public Policy students only
FASS6901
Exchange and Study Abroad
6  
FASS6902
Exchange and Study Abroad
6  
FASS6903
Exchange and Study Abroad
6  
FASS6904
Exchange and Study Abroad
6