Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy)

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Work for social justice

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in social policy without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

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What is it like?

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in social policy. You can then go on to postgraduate studies in social policy if you wish.

Get understanding and insight

Gain an understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural factors that influence the development, implementation and evaluation of social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll study law, politics and the roles of central and local Government in a democratic society. This will give you insights into the relationships between the state, judiciary, legal system, political parties and public in shaping legislation and developing policy.

Apply your skills

Learn to apply your critical social policy analysis skills to a number of decision-making scenarios to result in better social outcomes. This could take many forms including a policy, project plan, submission or even the strategic direction of an organisation.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to know who makes decisions on many of the important issues, such as climate change, poverty and student loans
  • Want to find out how to influence those decisions
  • Are keen to contribute to the cause of social justice and better outcomes for people
  • Are interested in debates about rights, freedom, equality and justice

Careers

Your GDipArts (Social Policy) will give you the knowledge and competencies you need to start your career as a policy analyst or researcher. You’ll learn a range of intellectual and practical skills that will stand you in good stead in the job market.

This qualification opens up a world of opportunities to influence a broad number of social issue outcomes such as healthy housing, youth development, Māori wellbeing, health promotion or gender analysis of policy. This could be from a Government-down position, or an individual-, community- or society-up perspective.

You could work in areas such as:

  • Research
  • Communications
  • Project management
  • Governance
  • Charitable trusts
  • Social marketing
  • Journalism (critical analysis of social issues)
  • Advocacy
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Policy analysis - public, private and third sector
  • Youth development
  • Community development
  • Politics
  • Government agencies - local, regional and central
  • Non Government Organisations
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