Graduate Certificate in Strategic Public Relations

In Canberra (Australia)

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    Canberra (Australia)

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The Graduate Certificate of Strategic Public Relations will provide you with the strategic planning and thinking required to engage organisational stakeholders in priority initiatives in a media environment within which the boundaries between information, entertainment, image and politics are increasingly blurred.

The course curriculum offers a critical approach that encourages you to determine your influence as a practitioner and to reflect on how you, in turn, are influenced by dominant discourses and meta-narratives in your own practice.

Drawing on disciplines such as organisational communication, social theory and political studies, the course content reveals the complexity of public relations in shaping identities, dispersing power, and creating knowledge.

You will be encouraged to challenge notions of public relations as symmetrical communication and a management (control) function, and to reconsider organisations as sites of collective action rather than bureaucratic structures.

Taking a critical approach that recognises that today’s communication professional is at the intersection of debates on how organisations and powerful coalitions create knowledge, you will graduate equipped to apply your creativity in innovation, and be confident in developing processes that achieve the critical input of internal and external publics.

Why study with us?

Throughout your studies you will explore the various functions of public relations including media relations, relationship building, issues management, boundary spanning, stakeholder liaison, crisis communication and the integration of communications functions while developing essential skills in thinking, writing, speaking and working in teams.

Learning how communication about daily practices in informal and formal organisational settings impact on the strategic decisions of all types of organisations, you will gain an understanding of the potential impact your practice can have on...




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What you'll learn on the course

  • IT
  • Public
  • Public Relations
  • Communication Training
  • Media
  • Communications
  • IT Management
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Course programme

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Public Relations requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points) (cp). Graduate Certificate courses may include core or compulsory units of study. Other units of study are normally chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates have taken up positions as public relations advisers, media and communications officers, public affairs consultants, investment communications managers and social marketing coordinators.

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