Public Policy

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Public Policy

Master of Public Policy

Students complete 96 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core unit of study as specified; and
(b) a minimum of 30 credit points of selective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 48 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional specialisation:
(i) Economics specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and at least 6 credit points of elective units
(ii) Economic Policy specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and at least 6 credit points of elective units
(iii) Foreign language specialisation: 18 credit points
(iv) Global Migrations specialisation: 12 credit points in compulsory units and at least 6 credit points of elective units
(v) International Law specialisation: 18 credit points
(vi) International Policy specialisation: 24 credit points
(vii) Media and Cultural Policy specialisation: 24 credit points
(viii) Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation: 18 credit points
(ix) Social Policy specialisation 12 credit points in compulsory units and at least 12 credit points of elective units
(x) Political Economy specialisation: 18 credit points
(xi) American Foreign Policy specialisation: 6 credit points in compulsory units and 12 credit points from the list
(d) with the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as electives, including units of study offered by other faculties; and
(e) a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

Students complete 48 credit points comprising:
(a) 12 credit points of core unit of study; and
(b) 24 credit points from selective units of study and
(c) 12 credit points from elective units of study.

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Students complete 24 credit points comprising:
(a) 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 12 credit points from elective units of study.

Core units of study

GOVT6316
The Politics of Policy Making
6      Semester 2
GOVT6331
Public Management and Governance
6      Semester 2

Selective units of study

GOVT6123
Globalisation and Governance
6      Semester 2
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6150
Challenges of Democratic Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6156
Strategy and Civil Society
6      Semester 2
GOVT6159
Emotions, Agenda Setting, and Public Policy
6      Semester 1
GOVT6163
Critical Challenges of Governing Cities

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6223
Topics in Environmental Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6229
Campaigning: Data, Politics, Strategy

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6301
Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
6      Semester 2
GOVT6311
Issues in Public Policy
6      Semester 2
GOVT6313
Leadership in Theory and Practice

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6319
Governance and Public Policy Making

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6336
Media Politics
6      Semester 1
GOVT6357
International Policy Making
6      Semester 2
GOVT6358
Comparative Migration Policy

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2

Capstone units of study

(1) Semester-long research project
GOVT6127
Research Project/Essay
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
(2) Year-long dissertation project
Students wishing to complete the year-long dissertation project must have completed GOVT6139 Research Design
GOVT6340
Dissertation Part 1
6    P Completion of 4 postgraduate units - 75% or above average

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6341
Dissertation Part 2
6    C Recommended Co-requisites: GOVT6340 (if enrolled full-time).

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Elective units of study

(i) Students who complete the credit requirements within a single cognate discipline with relevance to Public Policy will have a Specialisation recorded.
(ii) Students must satisfy any prerequisite requirements set by the offering Department or Centre, as well as any prerequisites set by individual units of study, before they enrol in any unit of study.
(iii) Students may complete up to two units (12 credit points) as electives from outside the Public Policy Postgraduate Unit of Study table in a relevant discipline. Students must obtain approval from the Department of Government and International Relations in advance, as well as the approval of the Unit of Study coordinator.
BETH5209
Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics
6    A A degree in science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, law, communications, public policy, business, economics, commerce, organisation studies, or other relevant field, or by special permission.
Semester 2
CISS6001
New Security Challenges
6      Semester 2
CISS6002
Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific
6      Semester 1
CISS6004
Health and Security
6      Semester 2
CISS6006
Intervention and 'Fragile' States
6      Semester 1
CISS6009
Research Essay 1

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CISS6010
Research Essay 2

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    P Completion of a minimum of 4 units with an average of 75%
C CISS6009

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CISS6013
Middle East Conflict and Security
6    N GOVT6154
Semester 1
CISS6015
Alliances and Coalition Warfare

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
CISS6016
Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
CISS6018
Nuclear Arms Control and Non-proliferation

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
CISS6019
War and Strategy
6      Semester 2
CISS6022
Cybersecurity
6      Semester 2
FASS7001
Academic English for Postgraduates
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
FASS7002
Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6100
Foundations of Comparative Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6108
Democracy, Development and Rights in SE Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6109
Political Regimes and Regime Transition
6      Semester 2
GOVT6111
Chinese Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6116
International Organisations
6      Semester 1
GOVT6119
International Security
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6121
Northeast Asian Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
GOVT6136
Asia Pacific Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
GOVT6137
Forces of Change in Int Relations
6      Semester 2
GOVT6138
Gender, Family and the State

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6139
Research Design
6      Semester 1
GOVT6147
Foundations of International Relations
6      Semester 1
GOVT6148
Dissertation Part 1
6    C GOVT6139

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6149
Dissertation Part 2
6    C GOVT6148

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
GOVT6225
Essential Readings in Int'l Relations

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6304
Development and World Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6314
Terrorism and International Security

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
GOVT6359
US-China Relations
6      Semester 2
PLAN9061
Planning Principles, Systems and Practice
6    N PLAN9020 or PLAN9044
Semester 1
Semester 2a
SCLG6913
Social Justice Vocational Placement
6    P 24 credit points at 6000 level and including SCLG6923

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive February
Intensive January
Intensive July
Intensive November
Semester 1
Semester 1b
Semester 2
Semester 2b
SCLG6923
Social Justice Vocational Project Design
6    N SCLG6914
Semester 1
Semester 2
SSPS6001
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1
SSPS6002
Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
6      Semester 1
SSPS6003
Vocational Placement
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Where appropriate, prior professional experience will be taken into account when assessing eligibility for this unit.
Intensive December
Intensive February
Intensive January
Intensive July
Intensive November
Semester 1
Semester 1b
Semester 2
Semester 2b
WRIT6000
Professional Writing
6      Semester 2
WRIT6001
Professional Editing
6      Semester 1
GOVT6405
Government Masters Placement
12    P 24 credit points in GOVT 6000 level units
N GOVT6148 or GOVT6149 or GOVT6340 or GOVT6341 or GOVT6127

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Optional specialisation

Economics specialisation

12 credit points in compulsory units
ECON6001
Microeconomics Analysis 1
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5040
N ECON6701
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON6002
Macroeconomics Analysis 1
6    P ECON5002
N ECON6702
Semester 1
Semester 2
At least 6 credit points of elective units from the following
ECON5006
Economics of Law and Public Policy
6      Semester 2
ECON5007
The Economics of Financial Markets
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5040
Semester 2
ECON5008
Behavioural Economics
6    P (ECON5001 or ECON5040) and (ECMT5001 or QBUS5001)
Intensive September
ECON5026
Strategic Business Relationships
6      Semester 2
ECON6003
Mathematical Methods of Econ Analysis
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002
N ECON6703
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON6006
Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour
6    P ECON6001 or ECOF6080 or ECON6701
Semester 2
ECON6008
International Money and Finance
6    P ECON5002
Semester 2
ECON6009
Economics of the Labour Market
6      Semester 1
ECON6010
Public Economics
6    P (ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON6002 or ECON6702)
Semester 2
ECON6016
Trade and Development
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5002 or ECON5040
Semester 2
ECON6018
Environmental Economics
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5040
Semester 1
ECON6021
Financial Economics
6    P (ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON6002 or ECON6702)
Semester 1
ECON6023
International Trade
6    P ECON6001 or ECON6701
Semester 1
ECON6025
Strategic Decision Making
6    P ECON6001 or ECOF6080 or ECON6701
Semester 2
ECON6029
Health Economics and Policy Evaluation
6    P (ECON5001 or ECON5040) and ECMT5001
Semester 2
ECON6031
International Finance and Globalisation
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002
Intensive April
ECON6101
Special Topics in Economics 1
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students must seek written permission from the School of Economics Postgraduate Coordinator to enrol in this unit.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON6102
Special Topics in Economics 2
6    P ECON5001 and ECON5002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2

Semester 1
Semester 2

Economic Policy specialisation

12 credit points from the following
ECON5001
Microeconomic Theory
6    N ECON5040
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON5002
Macroeconomic Theory
6    N ECON5003
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12 credit points from the following
ECMT5001
Principles of Econometrics
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON5004
Communication in Economics
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
ECON5006
Economics of Law and Public Policy
6      Semester 2
ECON6016
Trade and Development
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5002 or ECON5040
Semester 2
ECON6018
Environmental Economics
6    P ECON5001 or ECON5040
Semester 1
ECON6029
Health Economics and Policy Evaluation
6    P (ECON5001 or ECON5040) and ECMT5001
Semester 2

Foreign language specialisation

18 credit points from the following
ASNS6010
Asian Language Acquisition 1
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ASNS6011
Asian Language Acquisition 2
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ASNS6012
Asian Language Acquisition 3
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ASNS6013
Asian Language Acquisition 4
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7010
European Language Acquisition 1
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7011
European Language Acquisition 2
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7012
European Language Acquisition 3
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EUST7013
European Language Acquisition 4
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Global Migrations specialisation

6 credit points from the following
SCLG6700
Global and Regional Migration Governance
6      Semester 1
12 credit points from the following
GOVT6108
Democracy, Development and Rights in SE Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
GOVT6358
Comparative Migration Policy

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
ECOP6015
Global Employment and Migration

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
Semester 2

International Law specialisation

18 credit points from the following
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6062
International Law-the Use of Armed Force
6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6119
The State and Global Governance

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6   

Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
Intensive September
LAWS6161
International Human Rights
6    N GOVT6117


Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Semester 2
LAWS6218
International Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS1023 or LAWS5005


This unit is compulsory for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students who have not completed any previous study in international law and must be taken during the first semester of candidature. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. This unit is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive March
Semester 2
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5178 or LAWS3478


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6856
Anti-Terrorism Law
6    A Students should have either completed LAWS6243 International Law I or have an understanding in at least one of the following areas: public or a specialised area of international law or criminal law or criminology or human rights or security and conflict studies acquired through university studies and/or relevant professional experience.
N CISS6011 or LAWS3483


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php
Intensive May
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive March
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478 or LAWS5178


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html.
Intensive June

International Policy specialisation

24 credit points from the following
CISS6001
New Security Challenges
6      Semester 2
GOVT6116
International Organisations
6      Semester 1
GOVT6123
Globalisation and Governance
6      Semester 2
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6      Semester 2
GOVT6357
International Policy Making
6      Semester 2
GOVT6358
Comparative Migration Policy

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2

Media and Cultural Policy specialisation

24 credit points from the following
ARCH9081
Heritage Law and Policy
6      Semester 2
ARHT6930
Film Theory: Art, Industry, Culture
6      Semester 2
ARIN6902
Internet Cultures and Governance
6      Semester 1
GCST6901
Cultural Policy
6      Semester 2
MECO6913
Public Opinion, Policy and Public Sphere
6      Semester 2
MHST6901
Museum and Heritage: History and Theory
6    N MUSM7033
Semester 1
MUSM7032
Museum and Gallery Administration

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
MUSM7035
Ethics of Cultural Property
6      Semester 1
WMST6903
Gender, Media and Consumer Societies
6      Semester 1

Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation

18 credit points from the following
PACS6901
United Nations, Peace and Security
6      Semester 1
PACS6902
Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation
6      Semester 2
PACS6903
Peace and the Environment
6      Semester 2
PACS6909
Cultures of Violence

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
PACS6911
Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
6    N SCWK6930
Semester 1
PACS6912
Nonviolence: Philosophy and Practice

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    N SCWK6933
Intensive March
PACS6913
Conflict in Organisations

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Summer Main
PACS6914
Conflict-Resolving Media
6    N SCWK6935
Intensive August
PACS6915
Human Rights, Peace and Justice

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    N SCWK6941
Semester 2
PACS6917
Religion, War and Peace
6      Semester 2
PACS6921
Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace
6      Semester 1
PACS6923
The Human Right to Food

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2b
PACS6924
Democracy in the Developing World
6      Semester 1
PACS6925
Peace and the Global Compact
6      Semester 2b
PACS6928
Community Mediation: Theory and Practice
6      Intensive April
PACS6931
Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice
6      Intensive October
PACS6934
Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Intensive May

Social Policy specialisation

12 credit points from the following
EDPA6018
Social Policy Process
6      Semester 2
SCWK6948
Social Policy Frameworks
6      Semester 1
12 credit points from the following
EDPB5016
Global Poverty, Social Policy and Ed
6      Semester 2
SCLG6910
Comparative Welfare States
6    N SCWK6909
Semester 1
SCWK6910
Working with Communities

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
SCWK6949
Global Social Policy
6      Semester 2
SCLG6901
Citizenship Rights and Social Movements
6    N SCWK6901


This unit is delivered at the University of Sydney.
Semester 1
SCLG6903
New Debates in Social Theory
6      Semester 2

Political Economy specialisation

18 credit points from the following
ECOP6010
International Trade Regulation

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2
ECOP6011
USA-Europe-Japan: From Growth to Crisis

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
ECOP6012
Country Risk Analysis
6      Semester 2
ECOP6015
Global Employment and Migration

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
Semester 2
ECOP6016
China in the World Economy
6      Semester 1
ECOP6017
Inequality in the Global Economy
6      Semester 2
ECOP6018
Economic Development: Growth and Wellbeing

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
ECOP6031
Research in Political Economy
6      Semester 2
ECOP6033
Research Project
6    P 24 Credit Points
Semester 1
Semester 2
ECOP6101
Core Concepts in Political Economy
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
ECOP6103
Strategic Debates on Economic Change
6      Semester 2
ECOP6108
Economic Management for Sustainability
6      Semester 1
ECOP6115
History of Australian Capitalism
6      Semester 2
ECOP6130
Human Rights and International Development
6    N SCLG6912


This unit is delivered at the University of Sydney.
Semester 1
ECOP6901
Finance and Economic Change

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 2

American Foreign Policy specialisation

6 credit points from the following
USSC6903
US Foreign and National Security Policy
6      Semester 1
12 credit points from the following
GOVT6359
US-China Relations
6      Semester 2
USSC6902
US Politics: Presidency and Congress
6      Intensive October
Intensive September
Semester 2
USSC6910
Special Topics in US Studies
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
USSC6922
US Strategy in the Asia-Pacific
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
USSC6205
Internship Project
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Exchange units of study

Available to Master of Public Policy students only.
FASS6901
Exchange and Study Abroad
6      Intensive January
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
FASS6902
Exchange and Study Abroad
6      Intensive January
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
FASS6903
Exchange and Study Abroad
6      Intensive January
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
FASS6904
Exchange and Study Abroad
6      Intensive January
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2