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What you will learn

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The ability to act ethically and with integrity is essential for policymakers and public managers. Whether it's advising senior decision-makers, working effectively with small groups, or building support for initiatives among stakeholders, a strong understanding of ethical practice helps public-sector professionals overcome complex government challenges.

This Melbourne MicroCert will provide you with essential skills to apply an integrity mindset to your career. You'll be introduced to key concepts and ideas underpinning ethics and integrity in government practice, and gain valuable practical experience in the process.

Ideal for professionals working throughout the public sector, learning on this course is equivalent to Level 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Explore the foundations of ethics and integrity in government

Examine the core social, theoretical, historical, and disciplinary factors that underpin applied ethics in professional practice. You'll access key case studies to analyse and discuss how these factors apply directly to ethical work within governments.

Analyse key concepts and frameworks relevant to ethical theory

Explore key methodologies and concepts relevant to ethics and integrity, including public integrity, and moral and political theory. Analyse how these approaches intersect with a professional practice framework to drive policy actions that address ethical and managerial challenges public sector leaders often face in government.

Develop a policy brief that demonstrates your understanding of ethics and integrity

Draw on your new knowledge to develop a policy brief that tackles an important ethical challenge you've examined during the course. You'll broaden your understanding of how key debates in ethics and integrity impact the decisions taken by public sector leaders and gain valuable feedback on your work.

This Melbourne MicroCert is offered by the Melbourne School of Government. Sign up to the School’s monthly e-news for course, research and event updates.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Dr Nikolas Kirby

Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne School of Government

Nikolas is Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government and is a trustee of two charities, Aurora UK and Beyond Equality. Nick co-authored the ANZSOG Report on public integrity commissioned by the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service and has been published in the British Journal of Political Science.

Dr Will Tuckwell

Research Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne.

Will is a Society for Applied Philosophy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. His primary research specialisms are in social epistemology and social and political philosophy. He has taught a variety of courses in moral and political philosophy, including courses in ethical theory, the ethics of immigration, and the ethics of capitalism.

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For individuals

To take Ethics and Integrity in Government Practice as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Ethics and Integrity in Government Practice, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

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