Postgraduate Coursework Courses

Coursework Studies Co-ordinator
Dr Gyu-Jin Hwang

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Master of Arts (Social Policy)

As of 2014, the University is no longer accepting new enrolments for the Master of Arts (Social Policy) degree.

The Master of Arts (Social Policy) readies students with the key theoretical and analytical skills to engage in social policy debate. As a multidisciplinary and applied subject, social policy seeks to promote people’s wellbeing in a collective manner. As a Social Policy student you will examine the ways social risks are publicly managed, investigating government policies underlying welfare and social protection, and how social welfare is developed more generally.

As part of the liberal arts tradition, you’re given the chance to structure your own degree according to areas of interest, while still gaining foundational skills in two core units. Among the key areas of study are citizen welfare or wellbeing; meeting human needs; social problems and diswelfares; (in)equality; the collective provision of goods; and social acts.

The course is aimed at those who are interested in pursuing a career in social policy, as well as professionals who are already working in related areas. The program’s broad scope equips graduates with transferable skills to gain employment in public sector jobs at both state and federal level, non-governmental and international organisations such as the UNDP and UNICEF, as well as local and international research institutes.

Degree structure

8 units of study (48 credit points) including the relevant core unit and with the option of a dissertation (2 units – 12,000 words). The core units for the Master of Arts (Social Policy) in 2013 are:

  • SCLG6902 Doing Social Research
  • SCLG6910 Social Policy: International Perspectives


Click here to see the full degree structure, including further information regarding Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) and Graduate Certificate of Arts (Social Policy)

Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific)

The aim of the program is to develop the capacity of advocates working in the field of human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific region so that they may be better equipped to advocate for, promote awareness of and encourage respect for human rights and democratic principles, both across the region and within their local communities.

Uniquely, this degree offers students the opportunity to study both at the internationally renowned University of Sydney and one of four partner universities in the Asia Pacific with particular expertise in human rights and democratisation, through a scholarship scheme co-funded by the University of Sydney and a EUR1.498 grant from the European Commission's EIDHR scheme.

Degree Structure

The degree consists of a foundational semester and a one-week inter-sessional intensive (from July to November) at the University of Sydney and a second semester (from January to May) at one of four regional partner institutions: Mahidol University (Thailand), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal) and the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka).

Click here to see the full degree structure, core units and electives.

Master of Human Rights

This Human Rights course offers candidates a firm foundation in human rights law and policy and, through a series of core units, provides a practical understanding of how human rights operate in different political, economic, social and environmental contexts. Students will build knowledge and skills in human rights across a wide range of disciplinary fields including Sociology and Social Policy, Political Science, Political Economy, Philosophy, History and Human Geography.
Unlike our Master of Human Rights and Democratisation course it does not have an in-country component. Rather it emphasises specialist skills. Students with a background in journalism, education and other professions will also be strongly positioned to return to their principal fields with a high level of valuable specialist skills.

Degree structure

8 units of study (48 credit points), comprising: two core units of study (12 credit points); two core elective units of study (12 credit points) and four elective units of study (24 credit points), chosen from the Table of Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study.

Click here to see the full degree structure, core units and electives.

Related degree program: Master of Criminology (MCrim)

Many of our graduates are interested in going on to do work in the Socio-Legal area. The University of Sydney offers one of the most respected Masters degrees in Criminology (MCRIM). This is of particular interest to students with majors in Socio-legal Studies, Social Policy or Sociology. The degree is of immediate relevance to a wide range of professional and occupational groups (social workers, youth workers, and those engaged in research and policy work in the public sector).

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