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2010 Graduate Certificate in Government(R5B)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 3 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): A/Prof Marcus Haward (03 6226 2333)


The course will cover two broad areas, namely, government and public administration, and policy development and implementation. This course addresses key principles underpinning government within a Westminster parliamentary system. It aims to provide a background to, and understanding of the theory and practice of public administration and management. It will examine the roles and responsibilities of the public servant, and the means through which government outputs (public policy) are formulated and implemented. This includes discussion of planning and budgeting as tools for public administration. Particular attention is paid to the question of reform within the public sector, and the issue and challenges arising form the introduction of 'public management' models. Difficulties and ambiguity inherent within political decision-making will also be analysed with reference to contemporary policy design. Relevant Tasmanian and Australian case studies will be considered, with an emphasis on reflexive thinking and practice. The course includes the development of a case study that addresses a practical, workplace-related example that relates course material back to the work place.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing thecourse in 2010. For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

This course is offered on a part time basis only and is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the Department of Economic Development. Admission is at the discretion of the Head of School. Students wishing to enrol in this certificate should ordinarily enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Public Policy which is also offered by the School of Government.

Students are normally expected to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from the University of Tasmania, or from another university or tertiary institution which is deemed equivalent. The Faculty may admit a person with some other tertiary qualification or relevant employment experience deemed equivalent to the above.

Articulation to/from Course

Ordinarily, the Graduate Certificate in Government is a terminating certificate, however, students who successfully complete the award may apply to transfer to a Graduate Diploma or Master of Public Policy, or a Graduate Diploma or Master of Public Administration (International) with full credit.

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