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Politics and Policy

Ideas and ideologies have framed politics in the past and shape it today. They inform how governments develop and implement policies to achieve competing public goals — for example, governments must balance promoting economic development, protecting the environment and responding to threats.

Understanding how governments operate is critical in influencing the development and implementation of effective economic, environmental and security policies at all levels from small, local communities to the regional, national and international context.

The study of Politics and Policy investigates the major ideas that drive the modern world; democracy, liberty, justice and authority, and the relationships between governments, institutions, the private sector, non-government organisations and individual within the Asian-Pacific region.

Why study Politics and Policy?

Your studies in Politics and Policy will provide essential skills in research, reasoned argument, and in written and verbal communication, and real world professional experience through our public sector and parliamentary internships.

With a strong reputation in Politics and Policy Relations research, we offer a variety of postgraduate research courses that will develop your advanced research knowledge and skills, helping you understand issues associated with Politics and Policy theory and practice.

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Parliament House

Career Options

Our Graduates will typically find employment in in areas of social and market research, policy development and analysis, social welfare administration, human resource management, industrial relations, and public administration and management in commonwealth, state and local government sectors.

  • Public sector organisations (commonwealth, state and local government)
  • Community and non-government organisations
  • Private companies, including policy-oriented think tanks
  • Lobby groups
  • Media groups
  • Public relations firms
  • Schools
  • Police forces
  • Unions and employer groups

Study Options

Students can choose to study Politics and Policy as a major or minor through the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Social Science. Politics and Policy can be completed within other degree offerings, or as part of a Bachelor of Arts combine degree.

Interested in studying with us? Explore our course and research opportunities below.

Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information on the Courses & Units website.

Undergraduate

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Introductory

Semester 1

  • HPP101 Introduction to Politics and Policy

Semester 2

  • HIR101 Introduction to International Relations

Intermediate

Semester 1

  • HIR203 China's Global Power
  • HPP222 Modern Political Ideologies

Semester 2

  • HIR202 International Security
  • HPP205 Australian Politics and Policy
  • HPP216 Key Concepts in Social Justice

Advanced

Semester 1

  • HPP302 Governance, Power and Public Policy
  • HIR308 International Cooperation
  • HPP314 Governing the Antarctic and Oceans
  • HPP315 American Politics
  • HSS305 Social Sciences Internship A
  • HSS306 Parliamentary Internship

Semester 2

  • HIR304 Order, Violence and Justice
  • HPP304 Parties, Leaders, Elections and Campaigns
  • HPP312 Environmental Justice, Politics and Policy
  • HIR306 Espionage, Terror and Global Disorder
  • HIR307 Global Political Economy
  • HIR309 Third World Development
  • HSS305 Social Sciences Internship 
  • HSS306 Parliamentary Internship

Breadth Unit

Semester 2

  • XBR301 War! The Moral and Legal Limits of Political Violence

Honours

Our Honours program provides students with an advanced exploration of Politics and Policy. Comprised of specialised core units and a research thesis or project, study at the honours level introduces skills and methods involved in independent research.

The Professional Honours course allows students to develop a body of knowledge in Public Sector Leadership and Management for personal, career or professional development. Students complete core units from their area of interest, and a selection of complementary units. This
course is intended for students who wish to further enhance their studies in a discipline, without progressing into higher research degrees.

In 2018, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline.  Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semester 1 & 2

  • HPP464 Honours Dissertation A in Political Science
  • HPP465 Honours Dissertation B in Political Science
  • HPP466 Honours Dissertation A in Public Policy
  • HPP467 Honours Dissertation B in Public Policy

Semester 1 

Semester 2

  • HPP413 Government and Public Administration

Postgraduate

With our Postgraduate Coursework programs you can develop your professional knowledge and expertise into a qualification. Study options are available both online and on campus, and part-time.

Our Postgraduate offerings are currently being updated. Please Contact us to find out more.

Your learning experience in Politics and Policy goes beyond the lecture and tutorials.

You will be taught by experts, and gain perspective from guest lecturers and forums; gain a competitive advantage with real-world experience prior to graduation; study abroad for a fortnight, a month, a semester or a year, as part of your degree; have options to complete your studies your way, whether on-campus, online, part-time or full-time;  pursue your passion or specialisation with a range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance programs, or meet your career goals with our pathway options.

Add real-world experience to your studies of Politics and Policy through our internship program with opportunities in the public sector, NGOs, and the Tasmanian Parliament.

The Politics and Policy internship program provides opportunities for high-achieving and self-directed students to put into practice the principles and theoretical knowledge that they have acquired in their studies of politics and policy.

Students are selected through a competitive application and interview process to undertake their internship part-time with the Parliament of Tasmania, public sector agency in the Tasmanian State Service or a Local Government Authority.

Students studying Politics and Policy have the opportunity to undertake internships at undergraduate or Honours Level with the Parliament of Tasmania. This involves a part-time placement with a Member of Parliament or a Parliamentary Committee and involves the intern undertaking a practical, research-orientate report. These internships provide credit towards the completion of a major or honours in Politics and Policy.

For more information on internships contact Arts Student Central or the unit co-ordinator Professor Richard Herr.

The Public Sector Internship is offered as a research-based unit in the undergraduate Politics and Policy program and is also available at Honours and postgraduate levels. It involves a part-time placement in a public sector agency within the Tasmanian State Service, or within a Local Government Authority through the Local Government Association of Tasmania, or an NGO. This placement will see the intern undertake a practical, research-oriented report. This internship aims to give students experience in practical aspects of policy-making and analysis and public administration. Interns also gain an introduction the public sector.

For more information on internships contact Arts Student Central, or the unit co-ordinator Dr Joanna Vince.

The College of Arts, Law and Education, including the School of Social Sciences, and Politics and Policy (postgraduate) offers a growing collection of units that are available to be completed either wholly or partially online to enable flexible study.

* The online availability for each unit is indicated on each individual unit page under ‘Availability’, then ‘Attendance options’ by the ‘Off-Campus’ icon .

Read more about Online Study available in Arts

Read more about Online Study available in Justice

As a student of Social Sciences both the University and the School provide access to a variety of scholarships and bursaries at a University, College of Arts, Law and Education and Discipline level. The main application period begins in August, and closes on the 31st October the year prior to study commencing.

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The College also offers a financial assistance program for students wishing to undertake Short Term Overseas Study Programs.

Short Term Overseas Study Program assistance and mobility grants

Don't meet the traditional entry requirements? The School of Social Sciences offers an alternative entry pathway into our undergraduate programs. The Arts pathway is a great introduction into university study, and can assist you in gaining the qualifications and experience you need for your chosen career. This foundation year of study provides students with the skills and knowledge related to studying the arts and social sciences, with additional support and guidance to help you succeed.

Whether you intend to study a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Social Work, completing this year of foundation study in Diploma of University Studies (Arts Specialisation) (21A) will assist you in achieving your goals.

Pathway Programs at the University

An overseas study program gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures, study languages, undertake work placement or internships, make new friends and explore the world while receiving credit toward your degree. It provides a 'total immersion' experience in a variety of study areas and locations. You can choose a program length that suits you, from a 2-week fieldtrip, a short-term summer program to a full semester (or two).

Overseas Study opportunities at the College of Arts, Law and Education

Take your passion for ideas further than you ever imagined.

We offer a collegial, supportive environment, with experienced supervision, regular seminar series, research skills training, and many opportunities to work with peers and academics on your areas of interest. We supervise across a range of methodologies and conceptual/theoretical approaches, and encourage scholarship that draws on ideas from across diverse fields.

Choose a research topic that reflects your interests and identify a supervisor with the expertise to guide you in your research. Search for a discipline staff member via our staff profiles, or by their area or expertise through the University Research page.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Research

Our research in Politics and Policy focuses on Australian Politics, Policy and Public Finance and Environmental, Oceans and Sustainability Governance.

Our work is published in leading journals and by top-tier academic presses, we have access to an international network of top-flight researchers, and members of our team have received prestigious research grants and fellowships.

We welcome proposals from qualified applicants to undertake research degrees in PhDs and Masters, and are pleased to discuss research proposals that cross disciplines, including law, science, business, economics, journalism, geography and environmental studies, education and health sciences.

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Assoc Prof Kate Crowley

Featured Researcher | Assoc Prof Kate Crowley

Kate is widely published on green politics and environmental policy, and has chaired advisory councils such as the Tasmanian Environment Industry Council, the Tasmanian Climate Action Council and the University of Tasmania's Board of Graduate Research.


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