A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree. One must already have an undergraduate degree to apply for a master's program. Most master's degree program would require students to complete a master's thesis or research paper.
A political science program covers topics regarding the structure and function of governments, and how they influence humans and societies. The field evaluates the political, social, and economic aspects of government policies as well.
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The Master of Applied Policy, offered by the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS: IPPG), is designed for middle-level and senior professionals and practitioners in the public, private and non-profit sectors seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills base and career opportunities. It provides a transdisciplinary basis for understanding policy across these sectors. The course examines the development and implementation of policy in practice; policy research skills and methodologies; the making and evaluation of policy; and program implementation and management. The course is informed by the applied policy and social research experience of the UTS: IPPG with government, industry and community in the Australian context and internationally. [+]
The course is designed to have an applied focus which is theoretically underpinned. The course offers students the opportunity to work across industry sectors on real-world problems and to critically apply their learning to case studies drawn from UTS: IPPG's research program and their own workplaces to innovate solutions. It includes active approaches to learning, including debates, case studies, role plays, group discussions, presentations and guest speakers. All students undertake an individual research project, and gain the necessary knowledge and experience to engage in effective policy development, implementation and evaluation. The course offers a general policy stream focusing on professional practice, as well as major streams in local government studies; urban and regional policy; and social research. The core subjects of the course examine contemporary policy challenges; policy in practice; policy and resources and evidence and decision making. To tailor their course, students can choose their electives from a range of subjects from UTS: IPPG, the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, and the UTS Business School. The course also offers a sub-major in Project Management. The course utilises several teaching formats, including intensive block mode and online delivery, designed by academics, practitioners and industry leaders. Most subjects are offered in flexible mode and delivered in blocks or online for more effective integration of study and work commitments.... [-]
The Master of Local Government provides professionals, managers and leaders in local government with an advanced body of knowledge and skills to reflect critically on theory and practice. This enables them to apply this knowledge in their roles in strategic thinking, planning and shaping local communities. [+]
The course provides graduates with an evidence-based learning approach to build a high level of influence and leadership in their local government workplace. The course, which is informed by the research and capacity-building activities of the UTS Centre for Local Government, provides an interdisciplinary program with teaching and learning activities ranging across and beyond the faculty. An education program is developed to match the requirements of each participant's individual requirements, and subjects can be studied through intensive block release or in some cases through online delivery mode.
The education and professional development provided through the Master of Local Government aims to meet individual needs and provide opportunities for local government practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills, underpinned with a strong foundation in public service and democratic values and principles. On completion of the course, graduates have a sound understanding of current issues in local government and in diverse communities, as well as an ability to relate this knowledge back to their own workplaces. They gain research and scholarship competencies that allow them to continue their own professional development through short courses or further academic study, including at doctoral level.... [-]