Governance, Policy and Communication

Major/Minor/Specialisation !441-MS-MAJ+1011 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Dr Peter Christoff (Arts)


Office for Environmental Programs
Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (building 163)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Governance, Policy and Communication is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

Who drives the laws that determine our environmental future? And how can positive change be effectively communicated, or policy influenced through regulation, better governance and the media?

The development and marketing of environmental policy is vitally important in effecting changes in government, corporate bodies, and across the environmental sector. The Governance, Policy and Communicationmajor looks at existing national and international legal and political frameworks relevant to the environment, enhances your skills in policy-making, business management and marketing, and gives you the tools to incorporate these skills and work systems in the workplace.

This major is most appropriate for professionals engaged in helping organisations develop economically viable environmental agendas and communicating these effectively to the public, or for those wishing to enter this sector.

Students can expect to find employment in a wide range of organisations such as government authorities, environmental consulting companies and industry and assist them in development, ongoing management and marketing of change in environmental agendas as well as the identification of opportunities that result from environmental initiatives.


Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:
• An advanced understanding of environmental issues
• Advanced skills and techniques applicable to changing and managing the environment
• An ability to evaluate and synthesise research and professional literature in the chosen stream or focus of study
• An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of environmental assessment

The graduate attributes for the Master of Environment are:
• Expertise in multidisciplinary understanding, analysis and research with an environmental focus
• Collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving
• Capacity to engage in critical social and sustainability questions

The Master of Environment generic skills are:
• Multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary knowledge and research of environmental relevance
• Collaborative environmental management skills
• Capacity for independent learning across discipline boundaries

Structure & Available Subjects:

Students will be required to complete three core subjects, choose four subjects from the compulsory subject list and undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Governance, Policy and Communication major coordinator.

For a current list of subjects offered in the Governance, Policy and Communication major, please refer to the course information page at:,_policy_and_communication

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students are required to complete the subjects:

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Compulsory Subjects

and choose 4 subjects from the list of:

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Elective Subjects

plus undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The recommended list of electives includes:

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Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2012
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
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Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Related Course(s): Master of Environment
Master of Environment

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