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Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Course Code G1061
Study Level Graduate Diploma
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr David Palmer | Email: D.Palmer@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2288

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external) (all but one unit)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description In addition to building upon students' knowledge of community development theory and practice, the Graduate Diploma in Community Development is designed to develop knowledge of social research and community participatory methods. The course combines the study of community development theory, settings and policy formation with the development of knowledge and skills in community planning, research methods and program evaluation. As part of their studies students will either undertake a placement with a community organisation or carry out a community-based research project.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training, though not necessarily in an area directly related to the course, or satisfactory preparation through previous study or professional experience.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Employment Prospects This course will enhance practitioners qualifications and open opportunities for those interested in social research and working in industry areas such as community and social services, local government, overseas aid work, economic and social planning, sustainable development and Indigenous governance.
Main research areas Social Policy, Community Studies, Sociology.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 18 credit points

COD545 Community Development Theory and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD505 Mining, Communities and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SUS611 Resilient Regions: People and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal (quota of 10 places), SUM-external, U-internal (quota of 10 places), U-external

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COD508 Community Development Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

AST650 Culture, Communities and Sustainability in Asia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

AST558 Gender in Asian Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SUS512 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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