Community development

Fieldwork placements form an integral part of the Community Development course. 

Students undertake placements in their second year (100 hours) and third year (200 hours).

Integrated with placements are workshops designed to develop skills to work in community organisations.

About the placement

Through placements students in the Bachelor of Community Development course have an opportunity to gain practical experience working with:

  • non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • community groups
  • local government
  • campaigns.

The second year placement unit includes workshops around advocacy skills.

By third year, after studying research methods, students complete a research project as part of their placement.

Students have the option of undertaking a placement during the semester or intensively in the semester breaks.

We've profiled some of the people and student placements in the Community Development program.

Overseas placement opportunities

To date, students have had placement experiences in countries including Timor Leste, Fiji, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Kenya and Botswana.

Community Research & Fieldwork Symposium

Completing students present at the Community Research and Fieldwork Symposium, held in May and October each year.

The Community Research and Fieldwork Symposium highlights the breadth of projects students have been involved in and what they have discovered in their research projects.

Agency supervisors, friends and family are invited to attend this celebratory event, which includes a keynote speaker working in community development.

For more information on this year’s Community Research & Fieldwork Symposium contact:

Contact us

Lisa Giufre, Fieldwork Coordinator Community Development:
Email: lisa.giufre@vu.edu.au