Further your career in international humanitarian and development aid with the Graduate Certificate in International Community Development.
This practical postgraduate program offers you a personalised education, including workplace training, for a career in community development in the local and international arena.
You’ll gain a thorough understanding of community development by exploring key theories, as well as ethical, socially responsible and sustainable practices. You’ll also learn about the impact of globalisation, conflict resolution and international organisation governance.
Our graduate certificate is the first of three courses that make up VU’s Master of International Community Development. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to study our Graduate Diploma in International Community Development.
The Graduate Certificate in International Community Development is enriched by our agreements with other universities (including the National University of Timor Leste (UNTL)) and non-government organisations.
By choosing this course, you could benefit from a short or long-term study tour. These eye-opening tours are organised for the purposes of formal study, combined with experiential learning in a particular culture and society. You'll live, experience and engage in different real-life intercultural interactions and take part in seminars hosted or organised by agencies, institutions or organisations approved by the College of Arts & Education.
Victoria University is one of the few universities in Australia that offers regional and contextual studies (e.g. Latin America, Africa and Asia) in community development.
Specialised areas of study include:
- social action and change
- advocacy and human rights
- peace and conflict resolution
- environmental sustainable development.
Other related studies can be selected from a long list of elective units.
Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:
- e-learning content for courses
- student email
- student software packages
- social networking tools.
On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:
As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in international community development
Graduates of this course can work in a diverse range of fields including international humanitarian and development aid.
Typical roles might include:
- international consultant (within human rights, gender, poverty reduction or project evaluation)
- international project manager (e.g. Australian Red Cross and World Vision)
- government employee (e.g. local or federal government)
- community development educator
- international project manager
To complete the Graduate Certificate in International Community Development students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:
- 48 credit points of Core units
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Act ethically, socially responsibly and sustainably in community development practices in the developing world as well as industrialised regions;|
|2.||Interpret community development theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in appropriate approaches to address sociocultural problems in contemporary societies;|
|3.||Critically analyse and evaluate effectiveness of community development programs in local and international contexts;|
|4.||Demonstrate creative and innovative responses to contemporary and future challenges facing the communities;|
|5.||Effectively communicate in writing or other means to interrogate, interpret and debate key theories and academic concepts; and|
|6.||Initiate, design and appropriately manage community development projects.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.