Master of Public Policy: Indigenous and Development Policy Specialisation
Change the lives of Indigenous people
Better the lives of Indigenous communities with this specialised degree. Learn from experts at Australia’s leading centre on Indigenous economic and social policy, ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR).
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ANU is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Their location points to their unique history, ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people. Their focus on research as an asset, and an approach to education, ensures their graduates are in demand the world-over for their abilities to understand, and apply vision and creativity to addressing complex contemporary challenges. ANU offers an outstanding variety of programs for Australia's next generation of language leaders. Their innovative online subjects are offered from beginning to advanced levels via OUA, and various enrolment options provide for different student needs and goals.
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Upon successful completion of the study, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the nature and impact of European colonization on Indigenous peoples, especially in the Australian context;
- Engage in informed debate about current and past Australian government policy and practice towards Indigenous people;
- Analyse development contexts for NGOs, the private sector, and government agencies with particular attention to the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives;
- Articulate the major currents in development theory and practice as they apply to Indigenous peoples;
- Write critically and analytically about contentious issues in Australian Indigenous policy and development;
- Demonstrate understanding of appropriate strategies of inquiry to inform Indigenous policy and development;
- Reflect critically on their own experiences of Indigenous policy and/or Indigenous development in light of the concepts and methods introduced.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world. We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life. The Indigenous Policy and Development Specialisation will advance your career in development, policy, and program management focusing on Indigenous issues, in government and non-government organisations, Indigenous organisations, or as an independent consultant.
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis.
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
· Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
· 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
· Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
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Work and Life
A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must meet the ANU English Language Requirements for Admission.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units.
Indigenous and Development Policy, one of the Master of Public Policy specialisations, enables you to develop inclusive and participatory policy-making processes for NGOs, government agencies and businesses working with Indigenous people. The specialisation is designed to provide policymakers with specific expertise relating to Indigenous development; learn from experts at ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), Australia’s leading centre on Indigenous economic and social policy issues; and understand Indigenous views and approaches to development. If you’re ready to take a leading role in improving Indigenous policy-making processes for an NGO, government agency or business enterprise, this degree specialisation is for you.
Indigenous policy presents unique challenges that demand a specialist skill set to achieve effective solutions. By engaging with and learning from experts, including staff from CAEPR, you will gain relevant and instrumental insights into Indigenous and community perspectives – and their impact on development activities. Partnered with this understanding, you will acquire the ability to undertake social assessments and integrate participatory practices into policy-making processes. These skills will equip you to take on a leadership role in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policy for NGOs, government agencies and businesses that engage with Indigenous people.