Graduate Diploma in International Community Development

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Our Graduate Diploma in International Community Development program is designed to prepare students for a strong foundation and understanding of knowledge as well as practical skills in Community Development. 

Key Community Development Theories and Practices will be examined and explored in the course.  

Students are required to complete core subjects such as ‘Community Development Theory and Practices’ and ‘Transnational Gender and Human Rights’, ‘Community Development Project Design and Management’ and ‘Management of NGOs’ and four elective subjects.

The school has agreements with other universities, such as the National University of Timor Leste (UNTL) and NGOs which enrich our program. For example 

  • Study tour unit to East Timor. The school also jointly convenes a regular conference in Timor Leste with UNTL.

Successful completion will lead you to admission to the Master of International Community Development.

Course essentials


Some of our graduates find employment as

  • International consultants (i.e. in areas of human rights, gender, poverty reduction and project evaluation)
  • International project managers (e.g. Australian Red Cross and World Vision)
  • Government officers (e.g. local and federal government, AusAid)
  • Non-government agencies concerned with the flow of trade, humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery
  • International project officers
  • Journalists
  • Researchers
  • Educators

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Identify historical and contemporary issues in international community development;
  2. Identify different schools of thought on the meaning and character of globalisation and its impact on international community development;
  3. Use critical analytical skills as well as communication and writing skills to discuss and debate key theories and academic concepts;
  4. Apply knowledge and skills in a real world context, and network with industry partners and stakeholders.

Units and electives

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in International Community Development students must complete a total of 96 credit points. Elective units may be available during summer and winter semesters to give students the options of fast tracking their studies.

Plus one of the following two units:

Plus four electives (12 credit points each)

Recommended Electives

Please note that only a selection of these electives will be offered each semester

Admission information

  • Mature: The entry requirement to the Graduate Diploma is the completion of a three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent, normally with a credit rating or above in the final year units of study.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 25 July 2014.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
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Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

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Transferring between VU courses

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