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University of Western Australia, Full Time Masters Degrees in Politics & Government

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The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates. Read more
The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners.
The Politics and Development specialisation
Politics and Development (co-ordinated by the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts) uses social theory to analyse and interpret the geo-political dimensions of development. This specialisation provides students with an understanding of the key conceptual, historical and policy issues surrounding development. It considers the changing role of states, markets, firms, institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the process of negotiating and implementing development policy. This specialisation also introduces students to a range of approaches and frameworks employed by policymakers and practitioners in designing, implementing, and evaluating development policy.
You will explore, for example, debates regarding the role of gender in development; the origin and impact of 'good governance' agendas; the politics of aid programming and foreign policy; the historical and contemporary relationship between security and development, particularly in Africa; and the development dimensions of natural resource governance.

Key features

Specialisations are unique and provide students with both focus and flexibility.
Students will be equipped with analytical and practical skills to engage critically in development policy, research and practice.
Interdisciplinary focus enables a richer learning experience and an appreciation of different disciplinary perspectives - valued by employers.

Career opportunities

The Master of International Development enables you to build a diverse and rewarding career path in local and international development, from field based roles to research and policy within education and government.

Prospective employers include aid and development agencies, government departments, non-government organisations, and international institutions such as the United Nations.

Each of the specialisations are also pathways to Higher Degree by Research and an academic career in international development.

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With increasing government focus on planning and regulation, there is a clear need for individuals with a high level of understanding of policy and governance. Read more

Introduction

With increasing government focus on planning and regulation, there is a clear need for individuals with a high level of understanding of policy and governance.

In 2015, as a direct response to the need for graduates with this specific knowledge, UWA will be introducing a Master in Law, Policy and Government.

Course description, features and facilities

The Master will provide students with an advanced and in-depth understanding of socio-legal theory, policy development and the skills required to work in or with governments.

Combining both theory and practically oriented units, it is suited to those looking to build a career in the public sector, working as legal practitioners or those in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.

Structure

Applicable for lawyers and non-lawyers the courses comprise of 48 credit points study. The core units which make up the first semester of the Masters consist of:

- Public Policy (6 points)
- Regulatory Theory and Ethics (6 points)
- Advanced Socio-Legal Studies (6 points)
- Foundations of Law and Governance (6 points)

Masters students then take electives to the value of 24 points from a range of units including:

- Advanced Criminology (6 points)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (6 points)
- Comparative Law (6 points)
- Law and the Body (6 points)
- Working with the Written Law (6 points)
- Theories of Justice and Punishment (6 points)
- Research Paper (6 points)
- Research Paper providing a pathway to Doctoral studies (12 points)

Additional information regarding the course structure can be found in the Postgraduate Law, Policy and Government course brochure

Further information will be available via the University Online Handbooks from November 2014.

Career opportunities

This course will open career opportunities for those seeking employment within the public sector, working as legal practitioners or in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.

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This masters course enables graduates to acquire (at an advanced level) the theoretical, historical and practical knowledge and skills relevant to the analysis of contemporary international relations and is particularly oriented toward understanding developments, outlooks, relationships and possibilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more

Introduction

This masters course enables graduates to acquire (at an advanced level) the theoretical, historical and practical knowledge and skills relevant to the analysis of contemporary international relations and is particularly oriented toward understanding developments, outlooks, relationships and possibilities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Course description, features and facilities

The course develops students’capacities to collect and interpret information; to analyse arguments, policies and developments; and to construct cogent verbal and written arguments on international relations subjects. It also gives students an appreciation of the ways in which knowledge of international relations is utilised, including in professional employment.

Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

For students in course by coursework only, take all units (72 points):

In Semester 1, 2015, students in course by coursework only can also enrol in POLS5671 Peace and Security in Africa.

S2 POLS5611 Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
S2 POLS5612 World Politics: Muslims in the West
S1 POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
S1 POLS5622 Contemporary Issues in the International Political System
N/A POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers
N/A POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
S1 POLS5641 International Security: Causes of War and Conflict
N/A POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
N/A POLS5651 International Political Economy: Global Change
N/A POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
S2 POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches
S2 POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

S2 POLS5611 Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
S2 POLS5612 World Politics: Muslims in the West
S1 POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
S1 POLS5622 Contemporary Issues in the International Political System
N/A POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers
N/A POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
S1 POLS5641 International Security: Causes of War and Conflict
N/A POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
N/A POLS5651 International Political Economy: Global Change
N/A POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
S2 POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches
S2 POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
S1 POLS5671 Peace and Security in Africa
S1, S2 POLS5672 Critical Perspectives in International Development

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

S1, S2 POLS5700 Master's Dissertation (full-time) (24 points)
S1, S2 POLS5701 Master's Dissertation (part-time) Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2 POLS5702 Master's Dissertation (part-time) Part 2 (12 points)

Career opportunities

This course is relevant to people interested in working in businesses and government agencies with international linkages, agencies involved in regional or global governance, or international non-government organisations. Expertise in international relations complements qualifications in a range of professional areas and is applicable to a variety of employment options.

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The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates. Read more
The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners.

Development Policy and Practice specialisation

This specialisation uses spatial scale, and the relationship between human populations and their physical environments, as key frameworks for understanding the various dimensions of poverty and under-development as well as techniques and approaches for addressing these inequalities.

Units in this specialisation explore key contemporary development debates regarding the role of gender in development; the challenge of explosive global population growth; the development implications of the growing phenomenon of 'displaced peoples'; and the drivers of increasing socioeconomic polarisation within and between populations; and the spatially and socially uneven nature of local development in the context of major resource extraction projects in various developing regions.

This specialisation also introduces students to a suite of tools and frameworks employed by development practitioners at local and regional scales, such as participatory development, rapid rural appraisal, and the logical framework approach to development.

Key features

Specialisations are unique and provide students with both focus and flexibility.Students will be equipped with analytical and practical skills to engage critically in development policy, research and practice. Interdisciplinary focus enables a richer learning experience and an appreciation of different disciplinary perspectives - valued by employers.

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The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates. Read more
The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners.
The Economics of Development specialisation
is coordinated by the School of Agricultural and Resource Economic, Faculty of Science. This specialisation provides students with tools of economic analysis to address challenges in developing countries with a focus on agriculture, environment and rural development. Units in this specialisation help students understand what can be done to promote development through multiple interventions, and how to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts of specific initiatives.

Student learns how to conduct development analyses, such as poverty assessments and environmental impact assessments, commonly used by development agencies and policy makers. They explore themes such as the relationship between economic growth and development; the role of trade and foreign aid in development; the effectiveness of microfinance and rural credit schemes in poverty alleviation; measuring risk and vulnerability in developing contexts; global food systems and agricultural development; and institutional and market failure.

Key features

Specialisations are unique and provide students with both focus and flexibility.
Students will be equipped with analytical and practical skills to engage critically in development policy, research and practice.
Interdisciplinary focus enables a richer learning experience and an appreciation of different disciplinary perspectives - valued by employers.

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