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The thesis in Public Administration is a capstone option in the Master of Public Administration. The Melbourne MPA is an interdisciplinary, globally-focused program for managers that work within or with government. This subject provides students with an opportunity to undertake a program of independent research from which they produce a thesis of 10,000 words. The subject is undertaken in one semester and students will be supervised by a member of academic staff.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students shoud be able to:
- demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied;
- show advanced skills of analysis pertinent to the subject;
- show a detailed sense of the theoretical debates in the subject area;
- demonstrate an ability to undertake critical independent research; and
- show a good capacity to communicate research in written form.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- semonstrate a critical understanding of the operation of governments in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and across the world, and an ability to situate an area of specialisation within this context;
- show a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness and complexity of the fields of public management and administration, and a specialist understanding of a particular topic in the field;
- show a sound understanding of politics, economics, law and sciences, as they contribute to theoretical debates in the field of public management;
- demonstrate flexible communication skills with a highly attuned sensitivity to a diverse audience, and to the issues specific to cross-cultural communication;and
- conceptualise, plan and execute a substantial, independent, research-based project in the form of a minor thesis, demonstrating high-level skills in interdisciplinary and comparative research, analysis and critique, underpinned by a thorough understanding of academic protocol and presentation.
Last updated: 3 November 2022