• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Specialisation code INPL-SPEC
International Policy Specialisation

This specialisation is designed for students pursuing a wide range of careers that engage both domestic and international policy processes. It reflects the conviction that international and domestic policymaking are increasingly difficult, and often impossible, to disentangle.
The specialisation provides students with an opportunity to explore this nexus and to focus on policy arenas of particular interest to them. Elective courses within this specialisation cover a wide variety of issues, including: global and regional governance, international trade, foreign investment, energy, environmental regulation, social policy, and the nature of globalisation.
It is designed for students who are professionally engaged in policy making and administration with an international dimension or who take an interest in international policy.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate deep knowledge and critical understanding of key debates and thinking in the field of international policy.

  2. Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives.

  3. Develop innovative policy recommendations to complex problems in changing international policy environments.

  4. Understand challenges relating to management, implementation and evaluation of international policies and respond to these in innovative ways.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy (6 units)

POGO8044 Global Social Policy (6 units)

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future (6 units)

POGO8213 The Global Trading System (6 units)

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy (6 units)

DEMO8047 International Migration (6 units)

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy (6 units)

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics (6 units)

INTR8022 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

INTR8045 Global Governance (6 units)

NSPO8009 Cyber and Emerging Technologies in National Security (6 units)

NSPO8032 Geoeconomics and National Security (6 units)

NSPO8041 Borders, Migration and Security (3 units)

NSPO8044 Energy Security (3 units)

NSPO8045 Propaganda and Information War (3 units)

NSPO8046 Terrorism and National Security (3 units)

This specialisation is available only to students undertaking the Master of Public Policy.

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