Course structure

The Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences is an executive leadership master’s qualification in Humanities and Social Sciences that is truly comprehensive and cross-disciplinary in nature, offering you an enriching tertiary experience that will equip you with a highly transferable and flexible skillset.

The degree is structured in modules, combining traditional arts and humanities strengths in public policy analysis, cultural awareness and sensitivity, ethical reasoning and critical analysis (Elective module), with a skillset appropriate for managing resources and strategic planning (Professional and Applied modules). The Professional and Applied modules include units in areas such as project management, ethics, professional communication, law, governance, management and leadership.

The Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (EMASS) requires the satisfactory completion of:

  1. A maximum of 48 credit points of units of study from the Elective Module table of units; and
  2. A maximum of 36 credit points from the Professional Module table of units; and
  3. A maximum of 12 credit points from the Applied Module table of units.

A maximum of 12 credit points of Units of Study may be completed from outside the list of prescribed units, in addition to any already listed, with the permission of the Degree Director.

* Above course structure section credits based on the 24 month program (96 credit points)

Dedicated Internship

The EMASS internship is a project-based industry placement of 20 days minimum in an appropriate organisation in Sydney, elsewhere in Australia or overseas. Internships invite critical reflection on concepts learned during the coursework component, foster the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills (including strategic skills) and greatly enhance students’ employment prospects. Projects are supervised by a professional from the host institution.

Your EMASS journey

A key feature is the capacity for you to tailor the qualification to meet your academic and professional needs.

Below is a selection of pathways listed under disciplinary themes that illustrates how you can tailor your EMASS Journey.

Communication Strategy
Semester One Semester Two
Year One MECO6908: strategy selection in corporate PR
ARHT6940: editing the moving image
GOVT6336: media politics
LNGS7274: media discourse
ARIN6903: exploring digital cultures
ARIN6914: remixable media
ASNS6906: communicating in Asian contexts
ASNS6908: media industries in East Asia
Year Two
MECO6901: Dealing with the media
LNGS7006: cross-cultural communication
ARIN6901: network society
ENGL6970: Australian magazine and print cultures

ENGL6946: writing in digital contexts
MECO6934: social marketing
PMGT5872: people and leadership
Internship or group research project

Culture and Change Management
Semester One Semester Two
Year One
LAWS6071: labour law
LAWS6039: discrimination in the workplace
EDPE6016: adult learning and development
EDPC5024: learning and change – a systems view

GOVT6123: globalisation and governance
GOVT6331: public management and governance
GOVT6301: public sector ethics and corruption
ARIN6902: internet cultures and governance
Year Two
ECON5001: microeconomic theory
LAWS6222: corporate governance
EDPA5001: organisational theory, management and admin
EDPA5011: organisational culture and change

MECO6927: organisational communication
MECO6909: PR management and conflict resolution
PMGT5872: people and leadership
Internship or group research project
Public and Social Policy Leadership
Semester One Semester Two
Year One
GOVT6319: governance and public policy making
ECOP6101: core concepts in political economy
GOVT6316: policy making, power and politics
LAWS6985: indigenous peoples and criminal justice

GCT6901: cultural policy
SUST5005: policy and sustainability
ECOP6108: economic management for sustainability
CISS6008: population and security
Year Two
EDPA6018: social policy process
ECON5001: microeconomic theory
ECON5002: macroeconomic theory
GOVT6311: issues in public policy

ENGL6946: writing in digital contexts
MECO6934: social marketing
PMGT5872: people and leadership
Internship or group research project

International Commerce
Semester One Semester Two
Year One
GOVT6116: international organisations
GOVT6119: international security
LAWS6037: international import/export laws
ECOP6016: China in the world economy

LAWS6945: doing business in emerging markets
CISS6011: cybersecurity
LAWS6997: cross border deals
ECOP6901: finance and economic change
Year Two
ECON5001: microeconomic theory
ECON5002: macroeconomic theory
CISS6003: business and security
GOVT6313: leadership in theory and practice

LNGS7006: cross-cultural communication
MECO6909: PR management and conflict resolution
PMGT5872: people and leadership
Internship or group research project

NGO/Not-For-Profit Leadership
Semester One Semester Two
Year One
ECOP6018: economic development – growth and wellbeing
ECOP6130: human rights and international development
GOVT6108: democracy and development in South East Asia
GOVT6304: development and world politics

DVST6901: development critical perspectives A
DVST6904: rethinking poverty
LAWS6985: indigenous peoples and criminal justice
LNGS7109: language and identity
Year Two
LAWS6846: human rights and the global economy
LNGS7006: cross-cultural communication
LAWS6977: law of international institutions
GOVT6313: leadership in theory and practice

EDPA6018: social policy process
MECO6909: PR management and conflict resolution
PMGT5872: people and leadership
Internship or group research project

Cultural Policy Leadership
Semester One Semester Two
Year One
ANHS6901: Ancient Rome- space and power
ANHS6917: the world of Herodotus
ARHT6914: art and curatorship
ARHT5908: the business of art

EUST6901: european cinema and cultural identities
ARHT6935: the art museum – past, present and future
GCT6901: cultural policy
ENGL6937: major movements in contemporary prose
Year Two
MECO6901: dealing with the media
LNGS7006: cross-cultural communication
MECO6908: strategy selection in corporate PR
GOVT6319: issues in public policy

EDPA5001: organisational theory, management, admin
GOVT6331: public management and governance
PMGT5872: people and leadership
Internship or group research project