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Start date:
25 February 2019
Duration: 
0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Burst
Face to Face

Overview

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:

  • databases
  • 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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced VUHQ course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

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
  • journalist
  • researcher.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in International Community Development is a 48 credit points (4 unit), one semester full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.

Select 36 credit points (equivalent to 3 units) from the following

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of an Elective from the list below

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 socio-cultural 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.

Credits

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: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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 coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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After you apply

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