Master of Arts (Specialisation) (R7W)

Overview  2019

ATAR

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Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

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Duration

Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Full Fee Paying places available

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1.5 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
The Master of Arts (Specialisation) enables graduates to undertake advanced postgraduate coursework study in a Humanities, Social Sciences or Law specialisation. The course has been designed so that students can build on knowledge they have gained through their undergraduate study or gain advanced knowledge and research expertise in a new area of study. Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

This on-campus, 1.5 years full-time (or, up to 4 consecutive years part-time) course is available at Hobart and/or Launceston (not all specialisations are available on both campuses). Some units will be available by off-campus study.

Specialisations available are as follows:

  • International Politics
  • Police Studies
  • Public Policy

This course is only offered as Domestic Full Fee Paying in 2018, not as Commonwealth Supported.

Course rules and specifications are applicable to a students commencing year.

Upon completion of Master of Arts (Specialisation) (AQF level 9), students will:

  1. Acquire, critically evaluate, reflect and synthesise advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one of the humanities, social sciences or law disciplines
  2. Critically analyse challenging complex problems, acknowledge different perspectives and the ability to apply research principles and methods to advance knowledge in one of the humanities, social sciences or law disciplines.
  3. Communicate and interpret disciplinary perspectives and knowledge effectively and ethically, to specialist and non-specialist audiences using written, oral and visual means.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge, autonomy, research skills and judgement in devising, planning, and completing a research project that contributes to professional practice or scholarship.
  5. Work effectively, responsibly, respectfully and safely in individual and/or team contexts.
  6. Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, flexibility, initiative and resilience in readiness for diverse workplace demands.

Career outcomes

In Australia and around the world, employers are increasingly seeking graduates who can speak and write clearly; who are computer literate and understand how to use technology; who know about other countries, cultures and societies; who can solve problems creatively; and who have developed that flexibility of thought which technical and vocational training rarely encourages. Arts graduates find jobs in, for example, advertising, journalism, the arts, diplomacy, interpreting and tourism, management and administration, and research and publishing.

Course structure

Students undertaking the Master of Arts (Specialisation) are required to complete coursework units totalling 100% plus a research thesis weighted, in total, at 50%. Coursework units are to be taken from the relevant specialisation schedule.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2018. For students who commenced prior to 2018, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement.

Core Coursework units (50cp)

Provides students with the opportunity for advanced level study of contemporary policing and public order issues concerning such topics as accountability; police culture; social deviancy and reform; managerialism and marketisation; policing dissent; militarisation; community policing; race, gender and sexuality issues;…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit involves supervised advanced study on a topic concerning contemporary policing practices selected by the student in consultation with an appropriate staff member. Students must seek the approval of the Police Studies Coordinator prior to enrolling in this unit.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

Elective Coursework units (50cp)

This unit provides the foundations for a critical understanding of key issues, debates and theoretical approaches in criminology and criminal justice. The unit offers an overview of major cutting-edge perspectives in criminology, with particular focus on critical criminology, feminist criminology,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Offers an introduction to current thinking on the character of terrorism, its definitional ambiguity and its relationship to globalisation and the internationalisation of the media. The unit examines the emergence of terror strategies after 1945 and through an investigation of…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

`Government` as a set of institutions is no longer synonymous with `government` as a process. As a result, the term 'governance' is increasingly used to account for a growing number of situations where governance occurs without government. The reasons for…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide participants with advanced skills to undertake research projects in the field specific to their studies, in consultation with an appropriate member of staff. The emphasis is on research design and methodology in the distinct disciplines of…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

An advanced-level supervised seminar and reading program of study on selected topics in policing. Students must seek the approval of the Police Studies Coordinator prior to enrolling in this unit.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a survey and overview of interventions in the field of forensic studies. The unit covers topics such as crime scene investigation, forensic science, e-forensics, forensic interventions in social work and psychology, and the sociology of forensic studies.…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

 
NB: An approved unit from elsewhere in the University may, under certain circumstances, be substituted a 25 point elective subject to Coordinator approval.
 

Core Research Units (50cp)

Note that successful completion of 100cp of coursework units with a Distinction average is a prerequisite for undertaking any Research Thesis unit at Masters level. Student who do not achieve a Distinction average but have successfully passed 100cp of coursework units may exit with a Graduate Diploma (Police Studies) award.
 

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words commenced in Research Thesis A and completed in Research Thesis B. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words commenced in Research Thesis A and completed in Research Thesis B. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Core Coursework units (50cp)

This unit examines the central approaches to understanding the policy process. Key phases of this process will be explored including the initiation, development, implementation, evaluation and analysis of public policy. Difficulties and ambiguity inherent within political decision making will also…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores major conceptual, empirical and normative issues surrounding the implementation and evaluation of public policy. Both of these phases of the policy process are examined separately and in relation to each other and to other concepts such as…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

Choose 2 electives from the following list (50cp)

`Government` as a set of institutions is no longer synonymous with `government` as a process. As a result, the term 'governance' is increasingly used to account for a growing number of situations where governance occurs without government. The reasons for…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is an environmental politics based unit that examines the governance challenge of emissions reduction in terms of wicked problems, failed politics and policy, post Kyoto prospects, and policy implementation and evaluation. It moves from macro-politics to the micro policy…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Involves supervised reading on a topic selected by the student in consultation with an appropriate member of staff. Students must justify why they wish to enrol in this unit instead of another unit on offer. Enrolment in this unit requires…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with the opportunity for advanced level study of selected marine and Antarctic political issues concerning such topics as the Antarctic Treaty System; Law of the Sea and oceans governance; global, regional and domestic fisheries management; and…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit and its two component modules address key principles underpinning government within a Westminster parliamentary system. The unit aims to provide a background to, and understanding of the theory and practice of public administration and management. The unit will…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit permits students to undertake an internship or work placement as part of their postgraduate studies. Internships vary across programs in the School of Social Sciences but may (for instance) be undertaken in a number of public sector agencies,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit permits students to undertake an internship or work placement in the Parliament as part of their undergraduate studies. Students interested in an internship should contact the relevant course coordinator for details about which opportunities may be available in…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 
NB: An approved unit from elsewhere in the University may, under certain circumstances, be substituted a 25 point elective subject to Coordinator approval.
 

Core Research units (50cp)

Note that successful completion of 100cp of coursework units with a Distinction average is a prerequisite for undertaking any Research Thesis unit at Masters level. Student who do not achieve a Distinction average but have successfully passed 100cp of coursework units may exit with a Graduate Diploma (Public Policy) award.
 

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout the semester.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school
LauncestonWinter school
LauncestonSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout the semester.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school
LauncestonWinter school
LauncestonSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose 2 of the following core units (50cp)

This unit provides an introduction to the theories, issues and powers of the contemporary international system and surveys the academic and policy debates about these issues. It is intended for students who seek to expand their knowledge of the structures…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is concerned with international security, diplomacy and strategic studies, primarily from a 'traditional' vantage point (which relates to the study of war, arms control, conflict management and a range of associated issues linked to statecraft and foreign policy).…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Offers an introduction to current thinking on the character of terrorism, its definitional ambiguity and its relationship to globalisation and the internationalisation of the media. The unit examines the emergence of terror strategies after 1945 and through an investigation of…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Provides students with the opportunity for advanced level study of international relations. The unit focuses on international relations in Asia -- the international politics of South-East Asia, Asian and Australian security and finally, the evolving triangular relations between China, the…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

Choose 2 of the following elective units (50cp)

This unit provides an introduction to the theories, issues and powers of the contemporary international system and surveys the academic and policy debates about these issues. It is intended for students who seek to expand their knowledge of the structures…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is concerned with international security, diplomacy and strategic studies, primarily from a 'traditional' vantage point (which relates to the study of war, arms control, conflict management and a range of associated issues linked to statecraft and foreign policy).…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides students with an understanding of the political economy of globalisation, development and sustainability. Topics covered include (a) conceptualisations of globalisation and the global political economy of trade, money and investment regimes; (b) theories of development, the Third…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Offers an introduction to current thinking on the character of terrorism, its definitional ambiguity and its relationship to globalisation and the internationalisation of the media. The unit examines the emergence of terror strategies after 1945 and through an investigation of…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Provides students with the opportunity for advanced level study of international relations. The unit focuses on international relations in Asia -- the international politics of South-East Asia, Asian and Australian security and finally, the evolving triangular relations between China, the…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Involves supervised reading on a topic selected by the student in consultation with an appropriate member of staff. Students must justify why they wish to enrol in this unit instead of another unit on offer. Enrolment in this unit requires…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 
NB: An approved unit from elsewhere in the University may, under certain circumstances, be substituted a 25 point elective subject to Coordinator approval.
 

Core Research units (50cp)

Note that successful completion of 100cp of coursework units with a Distinction average is a prerequisite for undertaking any Research Thesis unit at Masters level. Student who do not achieve a Distinction average but have successfully passed 100cp of coursework units may exit with a Graduate Diploma (Police Studies) award.
 

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout the semester.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout the semester.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Normal admission requirement are (students admitted into the Masters level):

  • Successful completion of the requirements in the same specialisation for the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation) with the required average dependant on Specialisation; or
  • A Bachelor degree with the required average or its equivalent with the relevant major from the University of Tasmania with Credit average results; or
  • A university degree with the relevant major from another university or tertiary institution, deemed to be appropriate by the College of Arts, Law and Education; or
  • Candidates not holding a bachelor's degree but whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the College to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily may be deemed eligible for admission, and * IELTS (Academic or equivalent) – 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0).
  • Note that successful completion of 100cp of coursework units with a Distinction average is a prerequisite for undertaking any Research Thesis unit at Masters level. Student who do not achieve a Distinction average but have successfully passed 100cp of coursework units may exit with a Graduate Diploma (Specialisation) award.

Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Head of the relevant School in consultation with the Program Director.

Students who terminate their studies after completing 100% of the coursework units (including any core units) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation).

Students wishing to progress to the thesis component of the Masters course will need to achieve the required average in their coursework study to progress otherwise will exit with a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Specialisation).

Students who terminate their studies after completing 50% of coursework units (including any core units) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation).

Based on a completed Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the same discipline at UTAS, 100cp will articulate toward the Master of Arts (Specialisation) in the same discipline, unless advised otherwise by the student.

Honours from other institution can also be considered for credit (subject to approval upon the receipt of the credit application).

Students who complete the Master of Arts (Specialisation) at a sufficiently high level and who show an affinity for research will be encouraged to consider progression to a research higher degree.

Where specialisations permit, students will have the opportunity to undertake 12.5cp or 25cp of internship units (subject to negotiation with the course co-ordinator) as part of the Graduate Diploma. The maximum percentage of internship units able to be counted to the Graduate Diploma is 25cp.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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