100 Point Master of Social Policy

Major/Minor/Specialisation !706AA-SPC+1001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Dr Irma Mooi-Reci

Email: irma.mooi@unimelb.edu.au


Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Currently enrolled students:

Future students:


The Master of Social Policy offers a curriculum that reflects cutting edge theory in a number of professional development fields. Graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary for advanced community sector management and policy making, including the skills to:

  • analyse key areas of contemporary social policy: governance, inclusion\exclusion, social capital, globalisation etc;
  • engage with the social dimensions of social policy: race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, age etc;
  • understand social policy as a contested process and apply research skills to a range of organisational contexts; and
  • draw on a range of disciplines and take a comparative and global focus.
Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Master of Social Policy should:

  • enhance their skills in research: through competent use of advanced information sources and retrieval of appropriate information;
  • have critical and theoretical thinking: through presentation of research papers, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgements and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
  • develop time management and planning: through managing and organising workloads; and
  • enhance their skills in team work: through small group discussions.
Structure & Available Subjects:

100 point program

Duration: 1 year full-time / up to 2 years part-time

Coursework Only Option:

  • four compulsory subjects (50 points)
  • elective subjects (50 points)


Minor Thesis Option:

  • four compulsory subjects (50 points)
  • POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar (12.5 points)
  • PPMN90002 Minor Thesis - Public/Social Policy (37.5 points)

Capstone Requirements:

All students are required to complete the Capstone Requirement for the program (at least 25 points). Students must complete one capstone option:

Capstone Stream 1: PPMN90002 Minor Thesis – Public/Social Policy

Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a research question; pathway to the PhD.

Capstone Stream 2: PPMN90039 Executive Internship

Purpose: An opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in social policy practice to solve problems that arise in professional contexts and develop an integrated understanding of research and practice.

Capstone Stream 3: PPMN90043 Project-based Policy Analysis

Purpose: An opportunity to work in a team-based project where knowledge and skills are applied to a practical project under the supervision of an academic and practitioner expert.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subjects

4 compulsory subjects (50 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Minor Thesis Option

  • POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar (12.5 points)
  • PPMN90002 Minor Thesis – Public/Social Policy (37.5 points)

Please note the following prior to enrolling in PPMN90002 Minor Thesis – Public / Social Policy:

  • students admitted into the 100 point program must have a GPA of 80% (H1) or above from the last one hundred points of previous study (or equivalent); and
  • to be eligible to enrol in the thesis, students must submit a 300 word thesis proposal for approval by the course coordinator prior to the semester of enrolment in the thesis; and
  • students enrolling in the minor thesis must also complete POLS40013 Social Sciences Research Seminar; and
  • the minor thesis must be completed over two consecutive semesters.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Elective Subjects

Coursework Only Option

  • elective subjects (50 points)

Please note:

The following elective subjects require subject coordinator approval to enrol:

  • MGMT90037 Conflict and Negotiation
  • MGMT90049 Strategy, Ethics & Governance
  • ECON90047 Macroeconomics 2

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1
Not offered in 2016
Not offered in 2016
Semester 1, Semester 2
Links to further information: http://www.ssps.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Master of Social Policy

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