About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Majors, minors and specialisations
- Further study
Currently enrolled students:
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Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the Master of Public Policy and Management should be able to:
- Identify, compare, explain and translate major traditions, trends, challenges and policy responses and reforms in contemporary political debates, governance systems, processes of public policy making and public sector management with a nuanced appreciation of the expectations and roles of key actors and institutions in sub-national, national, regional and international contexts
- Critically select and employ appropriate research methods and techniques based on rigorous analysis, careful consideration of a range of data sources and cogent methodological frameworks along with an appreciation of emerging and innovative professional practices to establish strong evidentiary foundations
- Demonstrate mastery of the latest scholarship with confidence to meticulously and analytically discern and appraise contextual factors that could influence or impact desired policy or organisational outcomes
- Confidently and assuredly work with complexity in terms of information and policy and managerial environments to creatively and expertly distinguish between different dilemmas and opportunities and to tailor strategies to empower a range of key actors, such as public managers and service users or clients, to negotiate change and to effectively resolve or mitigate conflict
- Engage in more abstract or esoteric discussions and be able to summarise, synthesise and meaningfully advise key policy community stakeholders correctly using both specialist and non-specialist language
- Clearly and persuasively communicate to diverse audiences ranging from high-level government delegations to local communities with an awareness of cultural norms and sensitivities as well as agility to shift from shorter briefings to longer, detailed presentations
- Design and critique specialised policy and management documents, such as management strategies, budget statements, comprehensive lobbying strategies and case studies
- Exhibit in-depth technical understandings of policy and service design, implementation and delivery principles and challenges, acknowledging different impacts on and needs of less powerful users and communities
- Propose improvements to accountability and integrity systems by drawing upon best practice and being cognisant of the importance of upholding at times distinctive public sector ethics and values
- Execute a substantial governance, public policy or public management research project both independently and within groups, through capstone subjects, a thesis or through an internship
Students who successfully complete the Master of Public Policy and Management should have:
- in-depth knowledge of the disciplines of political science and policy and administration, and the ability to examine governance, policy and public sector reform issues from other disciplinary perspectives.
- critical and strong reasoning skills, and creativity in applying theory and research methods to complex practical problems across diverse contexts.
- effective oral and written communication skills.
- an advanced appreciation of the Asian and Pacific regions, including Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values and sustainable futures.
- autonomy, self-motivation, self-direction and outstanding organisational skills to set goals and manage time and priorities.
- skills in self-assessment, self-awareness, reflective and lifelong learning, with an overriding commitment to personal and professional integrity.
- An extensive knowledge of the various disciplinary foundations of public policy making and their relationship to a range of contemporary policy environments and challenges;
- The ability to use these foundations and frameworks to examine policy challenges and develop and manage policy solutions in a pragmatic yet innovative way;
- The strategic use of evidence-based research and analysis to develop and articulate a clear case for policy change and/or innovation.
- An ability to use public policy making in strategic ways to address and lead on challenging and complex policy problems and issues;
- An understanding of the importance of collaboration in effective public policy making and the capacity to work with others to develop compelling policy solutions.
Integrity and Self-Awareness
- The ability of think and act independently while being open to and drawing upon alternative views and frameworks;
- A strong commitment to ethical, evidence-based thinking and solutions, as well as mutual trust and respect for those working with you to achieve collaborative solutions;
- An understanding that contemporary public policy problem solving requires a persistent and passionate commitment to challenge existing frameworks and develop new knowledge.
Last updated: 11 December 2023