Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy)

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Take your social policy study to the next level

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) you can build on your undergraduate interests and develop your analysis and research skills.

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What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) gives you advanced study of social policy while offering a pathway to Massey’s Master of Arts programme. Take a topic that captured your imagination as an undergraduate student in social policy and develop it fully through independent study.

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:

  • Are interested in progressing to a Master of Arts (Social Policy)
  • Wish to stay relevant to current debates in social policy
  • Want to investigate a particular aspect of social policy
  • Are fascinated by how and why power, resources and opportunities are distributed within society

Careers

Your PGDipArts(SocPol) will give you the knowledge and competencies you need in your career as a policy analyst and researcher. You will 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 opportunity to be involved in influencing a broad number of social issue outcomes (e.g healthy housing, youth development, Maori wellbeing, health promotion, gender analysis of policy), not only from a Government-down position, but also from an individual-, community- and society-up perspective.

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

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 (NGOs, PPPs, not-for-profit, voluntary and charity organisations)
  • Youth development
  • Community development
  • Politics
  • Government agencies - local, regional and central
  • NGOs - trusts etc (housing, Maori land trusts, health service providers, disability advocacy and support, youth development).
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