Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy is designed to give graduate students a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of the government in economic activity, public policy decision making and law. It focuses on how the government interacts with the economy and society, through for example, economic growth, stability, taxation, infrastructure provision, regulation, sociolegal issues, health, defence, education and social security.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Award abbreviation
GradCertPP
Course code
42280
Course type
postgraduate certificate
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Andrew Williams, Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor and Dr Marilyn Bromberg
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take 24 points from this group.

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ECON5514Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ECON5515Economic Growth and Institutions
seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ECON5516The Economics of Public Policy
seminars: 3 hours per week
NSLAWS4227Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Incompatibility:
Students with a recognised Law degree or LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance.
This unit is delivered intensively in 'flipped mode' and is offered twice a year. 10 online modules are to be completed in advance of two face-to-face sessions which will run 20-21 February and 23-24 July. Students must attend the face-to-face sessions.
NSLAWS5215Regulation: Theories and Practices
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 23-24 and 30-31 March and 3 April. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Teaching dates for this unit are 28 August and 4,11,18,25 September. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSPOLS5501Public Policy
Incompatibility:
LAWS5214 Public Policy
Seminars for this unit are delivered intensively
NSPOLS5503Public Administration
Seminars: delivered intensively
NSPOLS5505Regulation and Governance
seminar classes: 6 X 3 hour weekly interactive workshops

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and either:

(a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

or

(b) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 550; or

(c) at least five years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA (following an interview and assessment process) to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

1 GMAT is valid for 5 years.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 42280 Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (24 points)
  • 42580 Master of Public Policy (96 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.