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Master of Politics and Public Policy with the degree of Master of Policy and Applied Social Research

PPPA19MTV1

Faculty:
Faculty of Arts
Award:
Master of Politics and Public Policy with the degree of Master of Policy and Applied Social Research (MPPPMPASR)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in social sciences, politics, international relations, law, sociology, media, communications, history, cultural studies, or a related discipline
• GPA of 4.00 (out of 7.00) or overseas equivalent
Required Supporting Documents:
• CV
English Language Proficiency:
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2.5 years
Part-time: 5 years
Commencement:
North Ryde — Session 1 (25 February 2019)
North Ryde — Session 2 (29 July 2019)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 80
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 80
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Required
4
Public Management and Governance (4)
 
Required
4
Policy Design and Practice (4)
 
Required
4
Comparative Public Policy (4)
 
Required
4
Politics and Policy: An Advanced Introduction (4)
 
Required
4
Studying Public Policy (4)
 
Required
4
Developing Social Policy (4)
 
Required
4
Evaluation and the Policy Process (4)
 
Required
4
Doing Social Survey Research (4)
 
Required
4
Qualitative Methods (4)
 
Required
4
North, South, East, West: Comparative Social Policy (4)
 
Required
8cp from
 
Case Studies in Politics and Policy (4)
 
 
Health Policy (4)
 
 
Gender and Policy (4)
 
 
Public Policy and International Law (4)
 
 
Parties, Elections and Campaigns (4)
 
8
Intergovernmental Relations (4)
 
Required
8cp from
 
Activism and Policy Design (4)
 
 
Professional Internships in Social Research (4)
 
 
Social Care and Human Services (4)
 
 
Political Economy for Social Policy and Research (4)
 
 
Work and Employment (4)
 
 
Sociology of Institutions and Organisations (4)
 
8
Advanced Quantitative Methods (4)
 
Required
24cp from
 
Applied Anthropology: Why Does Culture Matter? (4)
 
 
Race, Nation and Ethnicity (4)
 
 
Development Theory and Practice (4)
 
 
Culture, Health and Disease (4)
 
 
Anthropology of Human Rights and Intervention (4)
 
 
Indigenous Interests and Identities (4)
 
 
Economics of Public Issues (4)
 
 
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
 
 
Climate Change: Policies, Management and Adaptation (4)
 
 
Globalisation and Sustainable Development (4)
 
 
Urban Social Impact Assessment (4)
 
 
Policy Research Project (4)
 
 
Case Studies in Politics and Policy (4)
 
 
Health Policy (4)
 
 
Gender and Policy (4)
 
 
Public Policy and International Law (4)
 
 
Parties, Elections and Campaigns (4)
 
 
Intergovernmental Relations (4)
 
 
Internship Project (4)
 
 
Activism and Policy Design (4)
 
 
Professional Internships in Social Research (4)
 
 
Social Care and Human Services (4)
 
 
Political Economy for Social Policy and Research (4)
 
 
Work and Employment (4)
 
 
Sociology of Institutions and Organisations (4)
 
24
Advanced Quantitative Methods (4)
 

TOTAL CREDIT POINTS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM

80
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 095119K
Overview and Aims of the Program This double degree develops your understanding of the structure and processes of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation from an Australian perspective, and develops your skills in applied social research and the analysis of policy in social context. The core units of this degree are offered in political science and sociology. The political science core units emphasise the politics surrounding public policy, and the changing landscape of policy making and Australian public policy, and develop a comprehensive understanding of current debates in public policy including evidence-based policy, accountability, federal-state relations, globalisation, policy transfer, political parties and citizen engagement. The sociology core units focus on designing and conducting applied research, on the evaluation process, and on understanding and analysing policy in the fields of social policy and human services. Electives allow students to focus on other areas of social research and policy including migration, human rights, sustainable development, public policy and cross-cultural communication.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative


Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. analyse and explain how public policy is formulated, implemented and evaluated using a range of different theories from contemporary public policy literature (K, T)
2. explain how problem definition is affected by political, social, economic, and cultural factors, and identify alternative arguments and positions which are applicable in the given context (K, T, P, J, E)
3. critically analyse the links between evidence and policy decision making in a range of different contexts (K, T, P)
4. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and theories related to public policy, apply this to real-world case studies (K, T, P, J)
5. communicate key concepts, arguments, social research and policy information to specialist and non-specialist audiences (K, J, C)
6. apply theories of power, regulation, accountability, integrity and ethics to real-world situations, and identify strengths and weaknesses in current governance practice (T, E, J)
7. plan and undertake in-depth self-directed research and evaluation into a policy problem, applying key concepts, theories and methodologies within the field of public policy, and drawing on a wide range of cross-disciplinary sources (K, T, P)
8. research, prepare and communicate policy recommendations and policy briefs which are well-informed, persuasive and practical (T, P, J, C).
9. assess how to appropriately apply methods to different social research questions (K, T, P)
10. evaluate policies using social research techniques (T, P)
11. design social research tools (T, P, I)
12. undertake quantitative and qualitative social research (T, P, I)
13. apply ethically and socially informed judgements to the use of social research (E, A, J, L)
14. critique the role of social researchers in policy processes (E, A, J, L).
The number of PLOs that a program should have is not specified. As a guide, between eight and twelve PLOs would be a reasonable number.
PLOs are made publicly available and so will be read by a wide audience. When writing PLOs it is useful to ask "is this written in a way which would be intelligible, accessible and meaningful to our students and prospective students?". Generally speaking, learning outcomes should be expressed in a form that includes action verbs, describing something your students can actually do, and can be assessed to have successfully done, like "identify", "describe" or "differentiate".
The AQF asks that PLOs should address the areas of Knowledge and Understanding, Skills and Capabilities, and the Application of Knowledge and Skills. It isn't necessary for each PLO to be classified under one of these headings. However it is important for the overall collection of PLOs for a program to clearly address all of these factors.
Each program learning outcome should be mapped to the graduate capabilities it fosters, using the standard letter codes given.
Learning and Teaching Methods This degree program is a postgraduate program which is designed for students who have relevant work experience in policy related fields, and the program builds on this range of experience by creating opportunities for collaboration, reflection and discussion among students, and building networks for learning and inquiry. Students are encouraged to consider their own work-based experiences and share these with fellow students, within an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Furthermore, a number of the assessment tasks are designed to encourage students to apply their study to policy areas in which they already have some familiarity or expertise.

The degree assists students to develop a range of social research, analytic, evaluative and communications skills and to critically apply their knowledge to real world problems.

A unique feature of the degree is its applied focus. Students engage directly in social research, developing social research instruments, applying those instruments in the field and evaluating results.

Students will develop a range of communication skills. This includes traditional academic writing skills, presentation skills and report and policy based writing. This reflects a pedagogy grounded in praxis, where theoretical knowledge is informed by contemporary experience, and can then inform action in a specific social context of social research and policy.

Most units involve lecture and tutorial classes, or seminars. There are also opportunities to take a Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) unit as part of the degree.
Assessment Assessments are based exclusively on the submission and presentation of individual and group coursework. The applied nature of the program involves a range of assessment modes, including individual written assignments, exams, group discussions, presentations, research design, report writing and policy analysis.

The coursework is designed to develop and assess your cognitive, research, interpersonal and critical capabilities. There is an emphasis on critical and creative thinking and independent research. Assessments also develop skills in professional and ethical judgement, as well as clear written and oral communication. A unique feature of the program is its focus on practical social research skills, and this is reflected in tasks to design and execute research as well as analysing, evaluating and reporting policy information.

All courses involve independent, research based learning and application of theoretical knowledge to policy issues.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see www.mq.edu.au/policy) and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.


Information can be found at: https://mq.edu.au/rpl

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at www.students.mq.edu.au/support/

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497
Email: campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au
www.students.mq.edu.au/support/wellbeing

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.
Further information can be found at www.students.mq.edu.au/support
Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: 61 2 9850 7497
Email: campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au
www.students.mq.edu.au/support/health_and_wellbeing/contact_us
Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.
Graduate Destinations and Employability This degree develops skills which are relevant for political and policy-related work in government and non-government organisations, and in businesses with an interest in public policy decision making. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of political and policy processes, and analyse a wide range of current and real-world policies. Students also learn applied research skills and policy knowledge, and have opportunities to work on a project in a work setting. Graduates include public servants in Commonwealth, state and local government, ministerial advisers, parliamentary and electorate staff, lobbyists, and policy advisors in community and advocacy organisations, or work in media, law or government relations.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit www.mq.edu.au/policy.

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules, visit: mq.edu.au/policy/
Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/inherent-requirements



2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Prerequisites:
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
Corequisites:
None
NCCWs:
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148