What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge for your job now.

Understanding the work of government requires intricate knowledge of public policy and core legal frameworks that underpin the rule of law.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores the legal and political environments public sector professionals must navigate to ensure governments can respond effectively to the challenges communities face.

This course is ideal for public sector professionals who work in or with governments and want a sharper understanding of the theories and values that support the rule of law.

Explore the importance of the rule of law to public administration

Examine key legal theories and frameworks central to the rule of law. Enhance your understanding of public policymaking and explore how the rule of law shapes government legislation and both empowers and constrains public servants in their policymaking.

Examine ways the public service supports governance in accordance with the rule of law

Discuss the changing role of the Australian public service, and consider ways it continues to support governance in accordance with the rule of law. Take a closer look at the public service's relationship to ministers and ministerial offices, and gain a greater understanding of the legal frameworks and key stakeholders.

Understand key policy challenges governments face when implementing the rule of law

Explore how the rule of law has evolved over time to adapt to changing social trends and competing political ideas. Use your new knowledge to analyse important case studies and identify contemporary policy challenges governments face when implementing legal frameworks that advance the rule of law.

Put your knowledge into practice by tackling an important public policy challenge

Apply key rule of law theories to an important public policy challenge. Identify a legal mechanism government could use, or has used, to shape public policy. Critically evaluate this mechanism from the perspective of the rule of law, and justify your conclusions to solve a notable public policy issue.

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 academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Associate Professor Tom Daly

Deputy Director, University of Melbourne School of Government

Tom is Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne School of Government. He has a strong background in the university sector, and previously taught at institutions in Edinburgh and Copenhagen. Tom brings a wealth of industry experience to University of Melbourne, which includes running the Office of the Chief of Justice of Ireland for over six years. He has consulted on public law and human rights projects for the EU, Council of Europe, African Union, and the Irish government.

Jayani Nadarajalingam

Lecturer, Melbourne School of Government

Jayani is a lecturer in both the Melbourne School of Government and the Melbourne Law School. She is also the academic coordinator of the Pathways to Politics for Women Program at University of Melbourne, and she is studying for her PhD. Jayani's specialisations are in political philosophy, constitutional theory, and social theory.

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For individuals

To take Rule of Law and Public Policy as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1990.00 (inc GST)

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

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Registration closes Jun 5, 2022

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Rule of Law and Public Policy, 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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6 June – 17 July 2022

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