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Postgraduate | MAQ-SOCX8080-2023

Making Public Policy in a Globalised World

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18 weeks

Start dates

  • 24 July 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyse current theories of governance and apply them to several political systems around the world.
  2. Identify, critically analyse and discuss the major debates and controversies involved in issues such as populism, immigration, austerity, democratization.
  3. Engage in independent research showing the ability to build on international scholarship and international examples to address a public policy problem.
  4. Show competent knowledge of the theoretical literature as well as of the empirical cases covered in the readings.
  5. Evaluate the quality, validity and reliability of research relating to a specific policy problem.
  6. Communicate research findings and views accurately and effectively using a variety of techniques (written, spoken, visual).
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • This unit examines a range of issues relevant to the understanding of how policies are made in increasingly entwined national and international contexts, considering international and domestic institutions and actors. Assessment will be based on constructive and informed participation, tests on the readings and a research paper. The unit will be taught as a series of modules that may include: Select critical topics framing contemporary policy-making, such as migration flows, climate change, populism, national and global inequalities, austerity, liberalisation and digitalisation. International policy actors and institutions, contexts and modes of governance, including policy transfer processes. Policy-making in non-democracies and democratization processes, political economy of welfare states Varieties of capitalism

    • Presentation on the draft essay (10%)
    • Peer learning exercise (10%)
    • Research essay (50%)
    • Quizzes on readings (20%)
    • participation (10%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-PSP-MAS-2023 - Master of Public and Social Policy


  • MAQ-CYB-MAS-2023 - Master of Cyber Security Analysis
  • MAQ-INT-MAS-2023 - Master of Intelligence
  • MAQ-SEC-MAS-2023 - Master of Security and Strategic Studies
  • MAQ-CRM-MAS-2023 - Master of Criminology
  • MAQ-MCT-MAS-2023 - Master of Counter Terrorism


Admission to MPSP or MPASR or GradCertPASR or GradDipPASR (OUA) NCCW (2020 and onwards) SOCI8080 Making Public Policy in a Globalised World

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Master of Public and Social Policy

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Master of Cyber Security Analysis

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Master of Intelligence

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Master of Criminology

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Master of Counter Terrorism