Melbourne MicroCert

Artificial Intelligence Policies

Learn the importance of factoring AI into policy design and implementation.

Study mode
6 weeks (21 hours) + 20 hours for assessment
Skills area
Future of Women at Work

Upcoming sessions

Monday 26 April 2021


As artificial intelligence (AI) embeds itself across workplaces sector-wide, policy that factors in its social and cultural implications are increasingly important.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores the importance of policy design and implementation in responding to AI in workplace settings.

Led by experts from the University of Melbourne’s Policy Lab, the course will provide you with an overview of leading AI policies at multiple levels, and an understanding of the social and ethical implications of AI within the workplace. Connecting your learning to real-world environments, you will critically analyse the way governments and organisations are responding to AI in the development of their policies, situating them within specific social and ethical concerns.

This Melbourne MicroCert is part of our Future of Women at Work series, which examines the policy, digital skills and interpersonal approaches necessary to establish gender equity in our future workplaces.

Who is it for?

Artificial Intelligence Policies is ideal for working professionals who want to understand how their industries may be impacted by technology – and how they can be prepared for the policy challenges that accompany technological advancement.

Key topics

This Melbourne MicroCert explores a range of key topics, including:

  • Social and ethical implications of AI: policies and the role of the state
  • National and international policy frameworks and principles related to AI and influencing the workplace
  • AI-related organisational policies.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss and analyse social and ethical concerns of AI and automation and the implications for policy
  • Assess and critique AI policies, initiatives and strategies from leading global frameworks and workplaces.

Learning experience

Fully online delivery presents a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you. You will engage with other industry professionals within our innovative online learning environment and utilise online tools such as podcasts, interactive webinars and digital workshops.

Who will you learn from?

This Melbourne MicroCert is led by co-director of the University of Melbourne’s Policy Lab, Associate Professor of Sociology Leah Ruppanner. Leah’s research focuses on the impact of gender equality and family policy on individuals’ lives through analysis of large cross-national data. Her research is published in a range of top tier sociology journals, and has also been featured in Slate, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Conversation and the Age. Leah is also a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.

Also leading this MicroCert is project manager at the Policy Lab, Lía Acosta Rueda. Lía is an economist with expertise in public policy, gender and monitoring and evaluation. She is interested in using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to contribute to the effectiveness of social programs. Prior to joining the Policy Lab, Lía provided technical assistance for the design of impact evaluations of social policies in Mexico. Lía holds a Master in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.

You will also learn from project manager at the Policy Lab, Sophie Squires. Sophie is an anthropologist with an interest in gender, politics and the media. She works across various social and gender equality projects. Currently, Sophie is working on evaluating equal opportunity polices of local government and researching barriers to women’s representation. Sophie has a Master of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne.


This MicroCert is delivered over six weeks, including four weeks for teaching, and two weeks to complete the final assessment. You will undertake an estimated six hours of guided online learning, 20 hours for assessment, and an additional 15 hours of independent study.

Assessment includes:

  • Discussion board (30%)
  • Analysis of an AI policy framework (70%)

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Artificial Intelligence Policies Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This series has been developed in close consultation with industry and features valuable learning materials such as podcasts, interviews and guest talks to ensure you receive the most up to date research and cutting-edge skills needed to excel in the workforce of the future.

Pathways to further study

Artificial Intelligence Policies can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Future of Women at Work series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Artificial Intelligence Policies is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of Social Policy.

To use Artificial Intelligence Policies in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Future of Women at Work series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards Master of Social Policy.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert does not have a set expiry date.

Eligibility requirements

There are no specific eligibility requirements.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Upcoming sessions

Monday 26 April 2021

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