• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Specialisation code CREG-SPEC
Contemporary Regulation Specialisation

Regulation, compliance and fairness are vital components of any effective, equitable and accountable system of public policy. This is especially challenging in contemporary times. Governments are responding to complex social issues, such as climate change, digital transformation and geopolitics, while increasingly relying on markets and civil society organisations to develop and deliver public services.

The Master of Public Policy Specialisation in Contemporary Regulation introduces students to the theory and practice of regulation and governance, providing tools that can be used to understand governance problems and to develop adaptive and effective responses at a local, national and global level. The compulsory courses provide students with a solid foundation in the concepts, processes, institutions and practices of regulation and governance, while the elective courses allow them to apply those ideas to a range of domains, including disruptive technology, global business regulation, restorative justice, and climate and health policy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate deep knowledge and critical understanding of current debates and thinking in the field of regulation
  2. Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex regulatory issues, informed by both theory and empirical knowledge from multiple perspectives
  3. Reflect critically on contemporary regulatory landscapes, including institutional interests, key actors, and policy outcomes in contemporary societies
  4. Identify and apply appropriate research methods to national, international and transnational regulatory challenges
  5. Develop innovative policy recommendations to complex problems and effectively communicate regulatory responses to external audiences
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of:

REGN8050 The Policy and Practice of Regulation units); OR

REGN8052 Regulation and Governance (6 units)

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

NSPO8012 Leadership, Risk and National Security Crisis Management (6 units)

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption (6 units)

POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy (6 units)

REGN8005 Restorative Justice in the World (6 units)

REGN8018 Governing Consumptagenic Systems (3 units)

REGN8019 Biyam-burru-wa-la-nha: Indigenous Peoples and Self-Governing Systems (3 units)

REGN8022 Governing in a Complex and Uncertain World (6 units)

REGN8023 Governing Global Migration (6 units)

REGN8024 Regulating Nuclear Capabilities (6 units)

REGN8049 Regulating Disruptive Technologies (3 units)

REGN8051 Regulatory Complexity in Asia (3 units)

REGN8054 Corporations, Power, Regulation (3 units)

REGN8055 Compliance and Defiance (3 units)

REGN8056 Complexity, Catastrophe and Resilience (3 units)

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