The MPP degree is comprised of eight half-unit courses. It is designed to ensure that you learn foundational public policy subjects, as well as topics of personal, academic, or professional interest. As an MPP student, you will be required to complete the following six core courses:
Political Science for Public Policy (PP401)
You will learn how to understand and analyse the political context of policy making. You’ll look at the dynamics of political behaviour and institutions, including electoral systems and elections, preferences and voting behaviour, political parties, interest mediation and lobbying, and how these shape public policy
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy (PP402)
You will be introduced to some of the key principles and tools of the quantitative evaluations, which underpin policy interventions and outcomes. This course emphasises the practical application of these tools to real-life situations, including the difference between correlation and causality, the use of randomised experiments, and understanding of how and when difference-in-differences regressions can be effectively used.
Public Management (PP403)
Applied to both developed and lesser developed world contexts, you will learn about public sector reform, coordination and collaboration, bureaucracies, professionalism and motivation, implementation challenges, performance management and evaluation, citizen engagement and collaborative governance. Your teaching will be paired with insights to the success, or otherwise, of different models and approaches.
Economics for Public Policy (PP404)
You will learn the key principles of economic policy-making. Both micro- and macro-economics will be covered, including price theory, understanding markets, externalities, public goods, principal-agent problems, economic growth, inflation business cycles, unemployment, and fiscal and monetary policies.
Public Policy Applications (PP405)
This course will introduce students to the application of social science literatures to concrete policy issues. The precise policy topics will be decided each year, depending on the academic and practitioner availability. Speakers are selected from the highest levels or the cutting edge of a particular research topic, or those who are working directly on a topic area.
Philosophy and Public Policy (PP406)
This course will help you to develop the skills and insights to apply philosophical reasoning to the design and evaluation of public policies. You’ll receive a strong grounding in moral and political philosophical principles and learn how their application can be an integral part of the modern policy-making toolkit.
Option Courses (Electives)
2 x (0.5 Units)
Other than these required core courses, you can select two half-unit option courses (electives) from a wide range of subjects related to public policy, including political science and economics. Courses will analyse a wide variety of topics related to public policy, including behavioural public policy, law and regulation, politics of international trade, policy entrepreneurship, and the delivery public services.
If you are interested in learning more about option courses, please consult the list below:
- Designing and managing change in the public sector
- Fiscal governance and budgeting
- International political economy of development
- Financial markets
- Development economics (both terms)
- Advanced empirical methods for policy analysis
- Welfare analysis and measurement (half unit across both terms)
- Policy paper (a structured class for your own research)
- Innovations in the governance of public services delivery
- Transparency and accountability in government
- Making governments and policies deliver for development
- Comparative political economy and development
- Managerial finance
- Institutions and global trade
- Decisions, biases and nudges
- Public economics for public policy
- Globalisation and economic policy