Course essentials

VU course code:
AMCD
Study mode:
Part Time, Full Time
Location:
Delivery mode:
Blended
Block
Face to Face
Duration:
2 years full time or longer for part time

Take the leading role in community development and get involved in social and economic change, human rights, and sustainable development at a global or local level.

This unique, practical and popular postgraduate program offers you a personalised education, including workplace training that will ensure you gain the practical skills and intellectual know-how to be a more capable and skilled professional in real-world settings.

Key study areas include:

  • community development theories and practices
  • international project design, planning and management
  • social research and evaluation
  • understanding globalisation and its impacts on communities
  • leadership in community development
  • governance of international organisations.

We're one of the few universities in Australia that offers regional and contextual studies (e.g. Latin America, Africa and Asia) in community development.

This master degree is the final stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of International Community Development.

The first stage is a Graduate Certificate in International Community Development and the second stage is Graduate Diploma in International Community Development.

Completion of one stage gives you credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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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 a career as an:

  • 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. Critique global and regional political structures, and their impact on development in the developing world as well as industrialised regions;  
  2. Conceptually map different schools of thought on globalisation and development and their impacts on communities;  
  3. Deconstruct the role of civil society and grassroots social movements in relation to international community development;  
  4. Use critical analytical skills to interrogate and interpret key theories and academic concepts;  
  5. Creatively employ advanced skills in research and project management in international community development contexts;  
  6. Devise and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience;  
  7. Resolve complex or emerging problems in professional practice and in contemporary international community development settings by applying knowledge and skills in a real world context.  

Course structure

To complete the Master of International Community Development students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of the following:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies
  • 72 credit points of Elective studies.
  • 48 credit points of either Community-Based Research or Research Thesis.

Year 1

Plus 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Elective units from the list below

Year 2

OPTION A - Community-based Research

Plus 48 credit points (4) Elective units from the list below

Or

OPTION B - Research Thesis

Plus 48 credit points (4) Elective units from the list below

Electives

What's a unit?

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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

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Fees & scholarships

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Admission & pathways

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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.

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  • Mature: Applicants with Bachelor degree and above (AQF Level 7 awards) of any disciplines.

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.

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Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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