MC216 - Master of Public Policy

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Plan: MC216 - Master of Public Policy
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure

Approach to learning and assessment

The program is designed to offer a degree of flexibility, offering courses with face-to-face weekly lectures, intensive weekend workshops, summer school electives and some distance mode courses. Core courses are generally offered as face-to-face classes in the evening as two hour intensives.

Courses will use a variety of teaching approaches including workshops, seminars, studios, lectures and tutorials and use methods such as case studies, collaborative group work, negotiated learning, peer review, presentations and discussion. Learning experiences will include guest seminars from eminent scholars and development professionals and extend to opportunities to learn explicit field research and vocational skills from experienced researchers and development professionals.

The program offers a wide range of modes of teaching, learning and assessment approaches and activities. These teaching modes involve a mix of formal input from lecturers and guest lecturers, class activities and discussion. Classes encourage your engagement with other students as central to your learning. Teaching staff recognise and support the very rich policy and management experiences which you and other students bring to the program and will seek to incorporate this expertise in the program whenever possible.

You will experience a range of activities including Work Integrated Learning (WIL) which are designed to expose you to the challenges of working with development professionals. You will be able to undertake internships and field projects, and design, implement and evaluate your own projects as well as simulated activities representing real work place scenarios.

Assessment
Assessment activities take a variety of formats (eg policy briefs, syndicate presentations, research-based essays, policy briefing papers, submissions inquiries) and are fully described and specified in course guides. There are a number of common features of assessment in courses across the program including:

  • close alignment with stated course graduate capabilities and learning objectives;
  • opportunities for you to review and discuss assessment requirements and standards;
  • the provision of timely, written feedback on assessment tasks.

Most of the assessment you undertake will be designed so that your lecturer and peers can provide you with ongoing feedback on strengths and areas for improvement in your learning. This approach will enable you to improve on your performance during the program, as well as continue to refine capabilities for your future professional practice and learning after graduation.

The project in your final semester will be a capstone experience designed as a culmination of your learning throughout the program.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate variations to aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Service Unit (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services) if you would like to find out more. 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and in addition:
  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

The specific WIL courses in this program are:

  • POLI1052 Policy Making
  • POLI1100 Integrated Policy and Research Project

These courses will bring together understanding of theoretical perspectives and the use, scoping and critique of applied policy research by community and public sector agencies. You can expect to receive feedback from industry in a number of forms.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following: All courses listed may not be available each semester.
 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Introduction to Policy: Concepts, Debates and Practices 12 POLI1107 City Campus
Global Governance 12 POLI1099 City Campus
Social and Political Theory 12 HUSO2075 City Campus
Policy Making 12 POLI1052 City Campus
Social Policy 12 POLI1051 City Campus
Research Strategies - Social Sciences 12 HUSO2079 City Campus
Policy Design and Implementation 12 POLI1108 City Campus
Policy Making and Indigenous Peoples 12 POLI1112 City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Policy Impact: Monitoring and Evaluating 12 POLI1109 City Campus
Evidence, Policy and Practice 12 POLI1095 City Campus
Ethics, Values and Public Policy 12 POLI1065 City Campus
Integrated Policy and Research Project 24 POLI1100 City Campus
AND
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Select and Complete Thirty Six (36) credit points from any of the following Option Clusters: Research:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Masters Minor Thesis 1 12 HUSO2351 City Campus
Masters Minor Thesis 2 12 HUSO2352 City Campus
Masters Minor Thesis 24 HUSO2350 City Campus
OR
Public Policy

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Policy Futures 12 POLI1096 City Campus
Policy Communication 12 POLI1091 City Campus
Sociology of Social Problems 12 HUSO2344 City Campus
Environmental Policy and Governance 12 ENVI1127 City Campus
OR
Human Services

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Advanced Advocacy and Social Action 12 HUSO2069 City Campus
Conflict Resolution and Mediation 12 ARCH1271 City Campus
Discourses of Care, Control and Protection 12 HWSS2211 City Campus
Working with Violence and Abuse 12 HWSS2159 City Campus
Group and Community Work Strategies 12 HWSS2213 City Campus
OR
Urban and Regional Planning

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Strategic Planning issues 12 ARCH1261 City Campus
Planning for Community Development 12 ARCH1268 City Campus
Natural Resource Management 12 ARCH1482 City Campus
Statutory Planning 12 ENVI1134 City Campus
Critical Urban Issues: Resilience 12 HUSO2204 City Campus
Indigenous Sovereignty and Contemporary Land Policy 12 HUSO2066 City Campus
Social Planning 12 ARCH1321 City Campus
OR
Environment

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Climate Change Responses 12 ENVI1222 City Campus
Sustainable water management 12 ARCH1266 City Campus
Ecosystems and Human Impact 12 ENVI1162 City Campus
Sustainability, Governance and Social Change 12 ENVI1169 City Campus
OR
International Development and Global Studies

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Gender in Development 12 HUSO2085 City Campus
Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance 12 SOCU2234 City Campus
Governance and Democracy in Development 12 HUSO2073 City Campus
Humanitarian Intervention and Security in an Age of Crisis 12 POLI1113 City Campus
Human Trafficking 12 HUSO2197 City Campus
OR
Justice and Legal Studies

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 12 HUSO2224 City Campus
Criminal Law 12 HUSO2371 City Campus
Introduction to Applied Human Rights 12 HUSO2286 City Campus
Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples 12 HUSO2295 City Campus
Introduction to Criminology 12 SOCU2291 City Campus
 

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