Course essentials

VU course code:
ATID
Location:
Duration:
0.5 year
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
061978C
Fees:
2018: A$10,000 per semester

Build a strong foundation and understanding of knowledge in community development and further your career in a diverse range of fields including international humanitarian and development aid.

You will learn key community development theories and practices, and gain an understanding of globalisation and its impacts on communities, conflict resolution in groups and communities and governance of international organisations.

You will also have the opportunity to develop real-world experience through placements within Australia and overseas so that you graduate work-ready.

We have agreements with other universities and non government organisations, such as the National University of Timor Leste (UNTL) which enrich our program with benefits like a study tour unit to East Timor.

This graduate certificate is the first stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of International Community Development. Successful completion will lead you to admission into our Graduate Diploma in International Community Development.

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Careers

Graduates of this course can work in a diverse range of fields including international humanitarian and development aid.

This course could lead to as a:

  • international consultant (in areas of human rights, gender, poverty reduction and project evaluation)
  • international project manager (eg. Australian Red Cross and World Vision)
  • government employee (eg. local and federal government)
  • community development educator
  • international project manager
  • journalist
  • researcher.

Course objectives

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.  

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

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.

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.

  • International: Applicants with a Bachelor degree and above (AQF Level 7 awards) of any disciplines. IELTS minimum 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Mature: Community development practitioners with a minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience as approved by the Course Coordinators and applicants with Bachelor degree and above (AQF Level 7 awards) of any disciplines.

English language requirements

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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 for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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