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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Policy

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 04-March-2019
Campus:
Victoria University of Wellington
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Course details

Summary

The Victoria Bachelor of Arts (BA) will give you insights into cultures, languages, art, history, politics and societies that will challenge your thinking and expand your view of the world. Explore your passions and discover what drives you through our wide range of subject areas.

The Victoria BA will teach you how to think, not what to think. You'll turn ideas over and look at them from several angles. Learn to argue your point of view and be prepared for it to change. You'll study in an inspiring environment with highly qualified lecturers who will help you develop a broad and disciplined intellect, so you can be successful in whatever career you choose.

Public Policy

Public policy is the set of decisions that shape how a country is run. Explore how governments make these decisions, how the public sector works, the political side of policy-making and how policies can be improved. Learn how to analyse issues and to use your creativity to propose solutions and make a case for them.

Course structure

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 360 points, of which:

  • At least 240 points must be from courses listed for the BA
  • At least 80 points must be from 100-level courses listed for the BA
  • A maximum of 180 points can be at 100 level and
  • At least 180 points must be at 200 and 300 level
  • at least 75 must be from 300-level courses listed for the BA
  • Of the 75 points, up to 15 may come from courses listed for another degree when they are taken to satisfy the requirements of an additional major subject from another degree

In addition to the degree requirements, for this major you'll need to complete:

One course at 100 level from:

  • Government, Law and Business (FCOM 111)
  • Social and Public Policy: Values and Change (PUBL 113) / Social and Public Policy: Values and Change (SPOL 113)
  • Introduction to New Zealand Government and Politics (POLS 111)

Three courses at 200 level:

  • Introduction to Public Policy (PUBL 201)
  • Policy Analysis Methods and Practice (PUBL 210)

One further course from PUBL 200-299

  • Innovations in Public Policy (PUBL 310) and one further course PUBL 300-399

One further course from PUBL 200-399

Future-proof your career

The job-market is changing fast with many current jobs predicted to be automated within 10 to 15 years. Gain skills valuable in any workplace studying for a BA develops your creativity, flexibility and imagination, and teaches you how to think critically and present an argument. You'll also develop research skills and learn to communicate complex ideas in both speech and writing.

Get your degree in a subject you have a genuine passion for and set yourself on a path to a fulfilling career. BA graduates are employed in almost every part of the workforce. Your ability to view things from different perspectives, and skills in research and analysis can be applied in a vast array of careers. At Victoria you'll be encouraged to think about how what you learn can contribute to a progressive, inclusive and internationally connected society.

Entry criteria

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; or A minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test; or Pearson Test of English: A score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

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