Master of Public Leadership and Policy (8633)
Modern societies demand much from those obliged to protect the public interest and pursue the common good. The foremost expectation is effective leadership, particularly in the development and delivery of public policy. Public leadership transcending organisational management is expected within communities concerned with practical outcomes; agencies committed to regional issues; and, institutions with oversight of national priorities. Despite the substantial premium placed on public leadership, few theorists and even fewer practitioners have closely examined the challenges of exercising public leadership in a range of contexts or the relationship between public leadership and policy formulation. The Master of Public Leadership and Policy uniquely addresses this gap by offering students a combination of courses focused specifically on public leadership alongside a rich selection of electives addressing broader issues related to local, national and global policy and its implementation.
Dr Belinda Edwards
Ph: (02) 6268 8867
Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes
- Advanced disciplinary knowledge: Graduates will be able to articulate an advanced knowledge and integrated understanding of the nature of effective and ethical public leadership and its relationship with public policy and be able to apply this understanding to practical problems in a contemporary setting.
- Research-based learning: Graduates will be able to undertake both independent and collaborative enquiry, apply technical skills, and be adaptive learners and practitioners of public leadership with an emphasis on workplace or vocational settings.
- Cognitive skills and critical thinking: Graduates will be able to analyse, reflect on, and synthesise complex information, demonstrating evidence-based logic and reasoning in the context of public leadership and policy; and demonstrate advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills applicable to a range of leadership positions and depictions of what/who/where constitutes the public.
- Communication and adaptive skills: Graduates will be able to communicate complex ideas effectively and confidently in written, oral, and technological forms appropriate to academic and policy discourse on the principles and practice of public leadership.
- Global outlook: Graduates will be able to articulate awareness of a range of social, ethical, environmental, intercultural, and global issues, and responsibilities related to public leadership and policy.
Students undertaking this program are required to take 8 courses (48 UOC) comprising 24 UOC of core courses, with the remaining courses selected in any combination from the elective courses listed below.
Students must complete 24 UOC from core courses:
1. Students must complete 12 UOC by selecting two of the three core courses:
- ZBUS8201 Leadership (6 UOC)
- ZHSS8501 Principles of Public Leadership (6 UOC)
- ZHSS8460 Power and Australian Government Policy (6 UOC)
2. Students must complete a 12 UOC Research Project - students can select from two options:
- ZHSS8401 Research Project - IPS (6 UOC x 2 semesters); OR
- ZHSS8400 Research Project - IPS (12 UOC x 1 semester)
Students must complete 4 elective courses (24 UOC) from the following list:
ZBUS8101 Strategic Management (6 UOC)
ZBUS8203 Change Management (6 UOC)
ZBUS8314 People and Systems (6 UOC)
ZBUS8318 Cross Cultural Management (6 UOC)
ZHSS8125 Strategic Communication (6 UOC)
ZHSS8410 Australian Defence Policy – Concepts and Challenges (6 UOC)
ZHSS8440 Delinquent Organisations in World Politics (6 UOC)
ZHSS8437 Global Justice and World Politics (6 UOC)
ZHSS8441 Cyber-Security and World Politics (6 UOC)
Additional Study and Elective Courses
Additional special study and elective courses may be offered on an opportunity basis.
Students may, with the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator, take up to two courses (12 UOC) from other courses offered in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Business or related coursework programs.
|Core Courses||Semester 1 - 2018||Semester 2 - 2018|
|Leadership||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Power and Australian Government Policy||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Principles Public Leadership||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Research Project||Semester 1 - 2018||Semester 2 - 2018|
|Researh Project - IPS Single Session (12UoC)||Distance Mode||Distance Mode|
|Researh Project - IPS Full Year (6UoC)||Distance Mode||Distance Mode|
|Elective Courses||Semester 1 - 2018||Semester 2 - 2018|
|Strategic Management||Distance Mode||Distance Mode|
|Change Management||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|People and Systems||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Cross Cultural Management||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Strategic Communication||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Australian Defence Policy||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Global Justice||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Delinquent Organisations||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Cyber-Security||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
To gain entry into the Master of Public Leadership and Policy by coursework program an applicant must have:
1.1 Completed a Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in a cognate discipline; or
1.2 Completed a Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline; or
1.3 Completed a 3 or 4-year Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline, which includes a major in the cognate discipline; and have completed at least 3-years full-time professional experience in a cognate discipline; or
1.4 Completed a Bachelor degree in a NON-cognate discipline and have completed at least 4-years full-time professional experience in a cognate discipline; or
1.5 Evidence of other academic qualifications and/or professional experience submitted to the Program Authority may be considered based on assessment of evidence of achievement of equivalent learning and in accordance with UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure.
Policy Studies, Management, International and Political Studies, or Humanities and Social Sciences.