About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Majors, minors and specialisations
- Further study
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Currently enrolled students:
- Further information: http://graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au/
- Contact: 'make an enquiry' on http://graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au/degrees/7-master-of-social-policy
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete the Master of Social Policy should:
- enhance their skills in research: through competent use of advanced information sources and retrieval of appropriate information;
- have critical and theoretical thinking: through presentation of research papers, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgements and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
- develop time management and planning: through managing and organising workloads; and
- enhance their skills in team work: through small group discussions.
On completion of this course, students should have:
- leadership and communication skills;
- the ability to perform high-level critical analysis and creative thinking;
- the ability to undertake project management;
- team work and professional networking skills; and
- enhanced research, writing and communication skills.
Master of Social Policy graduates will have a comprehensive understanding of the key areas, actors, ideas, actors, institutions and contemporary challenges in social policy through a core program and the opportunity for further specialisation in particular fields of study through a rich selection of electives as well as unique capstone experiences. Graduates will have acquired the following:
- in-depth knowledge of their specialist disciplines and skills in examining issues with multiple disciplinary perspectives around issues of social policy;
- ability to be critical, creative thinkers with strong reasoning skills;
- ability to apply knowledge, information and research skills to complex problems in a range of policy contexts and are effective oral and written communicators;
- enhanced research and analytical and problem-solving skills;
- ability to critically evaluating alternative possibilities and viewpoints.
- ability to engage with contemporary local, national and global issues around social policy within Australia and internationally;
- in-depth understanding of human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment;
- awareness of the social and cultural diversity in communities and how to work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In particular, MSP students will have an understanding of and deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture and values;
- the capacity to become leaders in their professions and communities, with the capacity to work effectively across disciplines and cultures.
Integrity and self-awareness
- capacity to be self-directed and well-organised, with the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities.
- ability to work effectively both independently and in groups, and place great importance on their personal and professional integrity.
- ability to be confident of their knowledge, yet flexible, adaptable and aware of their limitations.
- willingness to explore, experiment and learn from mistakes as well as have empathy and concern for the welfare of others while managing their own well-being.
Last updated: 9 August 2022