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Master of Public Policy

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
  1CM062
  1CM562
External Studies
  1CM062
  1CM562
Course Duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
CDU Reference
CRICOS codes
089414J
CDU Course Code

SPPOL1

Award
Master of Public Policy
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Sector
HE
Area of study
Indigenous Studies and Public Policy

This Master's course develops your research project in public policy focussing on northern Australia specifically its remote context, the importance of Indigenous peoples and cultures, and its proximity to South-East Asia.

You will build the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research for policy development. This course strengthens your in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and characteristics of 'doing policy' in northern contexts.

You explore a variety of political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy and gain a solid understanding of evidence-based policy development, evaluation, and empirical research theories and methodologies.

Choose from specialist electives that will develop your public policy knowledge in areas such as:

  • Indigenous policy
  • international education
  • governance and management
  • health
  • emergency and disaster management
  • environmental management.

You will apply this new knowledge in an important public policy research project of your choice. You will receive one-on-one supervision and support from university research, public policy researchers, policy developers and evaluators, and teaching staff.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a Bachelor degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters degree or equivalent. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements are advised to email thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au for further advice.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in government and private companies as a policy researcher, advisor, analyst or writer.


  • Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    Credit transfer

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and characteristics of 'doing policy' in northern contexts. Students will explore a variety of political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy. They will also gain a solid understanding of evidence-based policy development, evaluation and empirical research theories and methodologies.

Students then have a choice of specialist electives to develop their public policy knowledge in their area of choice, such as Indigenous policy, international education, governance and management, health, emergency and disaster management and environmental management. Finally, students will have the opportunity to synthesise and apply their new knowledge in a substantive research project into a public policy topic of their choice. They will receive individual supervision and support from university research and teaching staff.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)
80cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.

ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: a Remote Perspective
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts
MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts

The following units are worth 20 credit points each and may be taken at the same time or sequentially to develop a single research project worth 40 credit points in total.

MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp) (repeatable from 2017)
MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp) (repeatable from 2017)
 

Specialist Electives
(5 - 6 units)
60cp

Unit totalling 60 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below. The specialist elective units can be taken from one stream or spread across streams.

Research Methodologies

Select two (2) units from the following prior to undertaking MPP610 and MPP611:
ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills #20 (20cp) (added from 2017)
EMG505 Research Methodologies in Global Learning
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation (added from 2018)
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography (added from 2018)
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods

An additional 40cp may be selected from the units below. Other Masters level units available at CDU may also be selected if approved as part of the student's pathway by the Course Coordinator. These have been divided thematically for ease of choice.

Research Project

The following units may be repeated as Specialist Electives in addition to being completed as core units.

MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (repeatable from 2017)
MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (repeatable from 2017)

Indigenous Contexts

ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development
ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
PHM516 Indigenous Health (new title from 2018)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

Education

EMG502 Teaching and Learning and Global Learning
EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Global Learning
EMG504 Leadership in Global Learning
EMG506 Project in Global Learning 1
EMG609 Internship in Global Learning (20cp) (title change as of 2016) (repeatable from 2017)

Public Management and Governance

ECO502 Decision Making (added from 2017) (replaced by BUS501 from 2018)
BUS502 Entrepreneurship (added from 2018)
MAN501 Cross Cultural Management (added from 2018)
GOV501 Public Governance: Scope and Issues (unit no longer offered as part of this course from 2017)
GOV502 Government Finance and Economics (unit no longer offered as part of this course from 2017)
MAN505 Managing Innovation (unit no longer offered as part of this course from 2017)
MAN506 Organisational Behaviour
MAN508 Organisational Strategy and Leadership
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues (added from 2018)
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and Reliability

Health

PHM516 Indigenous Health (new title from 2018)
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health

Secure and Safe Communities

DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
DEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
SWK401 Building Safe Communities
SWK404 Dynamics of Loss and Grief

Environment and Livelihoods

ENG417 Sustainability
ENV501 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV502 Remote Sensing
ENV503 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV507 Fire Ecology and Management
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking (new title 2018)
ENV509 Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas
ENV512 Tropical Wetland and Coastal Management (replaced by ENV519 Aquatic Resource Management from 2018)
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
ENV516 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV518 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data (added from 2017) (new title 2018)
ENV520 Wildlife Management
ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management
 

Electives
(2 units)
20cp

Units totalling 20 credit points may be selected from postgraduate units offered by the University. Students may select units from any of the approved specialisations (as above) as electives or by cross institutional enrolment that is approved by the course coordinator.

  160 Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

COURSE CHANGES - 2018

PHM516 was previously Indigenous Health and Social Change and is now Indigenous Health.
ECO502 has been replaced by BUS501 and is equivalent. Students who have completed ECO502 should not complete BUS501.
ENV508 Applied Geographic Information Systems is now Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking.
ENV512 Tropical Wetland and Coastal Management has been replaced by ENV519 Aquatic Resource Management.
ENV518 Advanced Spatial Science is now Analysing and Synthesisng Spatial Data.

Units added as specialist electives:

BUS502 Entrepreneurship
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography
MAN501 Cross Cultural Management
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues

Changes for 2017

As of 2017 EMG609, MPP610 and MPP611 are repeatable units.

The following units have been changed in the Public Management and Governance stream:

GOV501 Public Governance: Scope and Issues - no longer offered as part of this course
GOV502 Government Finance and Economics - no longer offered as part of this course
MAN505 Managing Innovation - no longer offered as part of this course
ECO502 Decision Making - added

The following unit has been added to the Environment and Livelihoods stream:

ENV518 Advanced Spatial Analysis

The following unit has been added to the Research Methodologies stream:

ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills #20

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research Core
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts CO MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts CO
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: a Remote Perspective CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp) R MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp) R
Elective E Elective E
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research Core
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts CO
    HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: a Remote Perspective CO
    Specialist Elective SE
    Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts CO MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp) R
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO Elective E
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE    
Year 3
MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp) R    
Elective E    
Specialist Elective SE    

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